U.S. Marine tanks, artillery, and light-armored reconnaissance vehicles have arrived in Bulgaria to support NATO allies and international partner countries. The heavy equipment, assigned to the Combined Arms Company, Black Sea Rotational Force, arrived in Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, Aug. 25, 2015. The tanks, artillery, and light armored reconnaissance vehicles were loaded on trains and moved across Europe demonstrating our allies’ and international partners’ ability to move heavy equipment across the region to support operations during a crisis. The equipment will allow the Marines to participate in mechanized regional multinational exercises in Eastern Europe.
US, Romanian and Bulgarian Forces Conduct Multilateral Exercise
U.S. Marines with the Combined Arms Company, Black Sea Rotational Force familiarize Bulgarian Soldiers with the M-777 Howitzer artillery cannon during Platinum Lion 16-2 at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, Jan. 7, 2016. Exercise Platinum Lion increases readiness and demonstrates our collective ability to operate as a single force committed to protecting the sovereignty of NATO allies and other European partners. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Justin T. Updegraff/ Released)
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Gordon Kwei, anti-tank missile man with Weapons Company, Black Sea Rotational Force, fires the tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided anti-tank missile (TOW), while Staff Sgt. Wayne Edmiston, combat correspondent with Black Sea Rotational Force, records it during the combined anti-armor team sustainment training for Exercise Platinum Lion 15-3, July 8 at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria. The Marines launched 10 TOW missiles fired from M41 Sabers mounted to the turrets of Humvees. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force and service members from Bulgaria, Romania, the United Kingdom and Albania are conducting the two-week exercise to promote regional cooperation and foster interoperability in order to combat security threats. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Sarah E. Burns)
The United Kingdom’s Royal Navy’s flagship, the HMS Ocean, positioned herself alongside other ships during the photo exercise showcasing the amphibious assets for BALTOPS 2015, June 8, 2015. The exercise is an annually recurring multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Sarah E. Burns)
George Shenkle, World War II veteran and former U.S. Army Soldier with the Easy Company, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, reacts as U.S. Army Soldiers parachute over the historic La Fiere drop zone near Sainte Mere Eglise, Normandy, France, June 7, 2015, to commemorate the 71st Anniversary of D-Day. More than 380 U.S. service members from Europe and affiliated D-Day historical units participated in the 71st Anniversary air drop as part of Joint Task Force D-Day 71. The task force, based in Sainte Mere Eglise, France, is supporting local events across Normandy, from June 2-8, 2015, to commemorate the selfless actions by all the Allies on D-Day that continue to resonate 71 years later. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Brian Bahret)
U.S. Marine Sgt. Steven Mashburn, a squad leader with Black Sea Rotational Force, right, holds the American flag during the opening ceremony for Exercise Saber Strike at the Pabrade Training Area, Lithuania, June 8, 2015. The exercise brings NATO and other partner nations together for a multilateral training event designed to promote regional stability and security, strengthen partnerships, and foster trust. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul Peterson/Released)