Franco-Ukrainian Maneuvers off Odessa

December 10, 2019 (Google Translation) – Deployed in the Black Sea since November 19, 2019, the offshore patrol Commandant Birot stopped in Odessa, Ukraine, from 28 November to 1 st December 2019. During this short stop, the crew of Commander Birot led many interactions with Ukrainian sailors. Between the common hull dives and the maneuvering exercises at sea with the…

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British and Canadian sailors shared their experience in logistics and navigation training

November 27, 2019 – Scientific and methodological training according to the program of international military cooperation within operation “ORBITAL” took place in the Ukrainian Navy Command. Classes were held in two groups. The first was to study logistics, and the second was to conduct practical navigation lessons directly on the navigation bridge of the frigate Hetman Sahaidachnyi. During the practical…

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First Vympel FSB Project 21980 Joins Baltic Fleet

September 17, 2019 (Google Translation) – At Vympel, mooring trials of the Grachonok special-purpose boat, factory number 01225, have been completed. According to the test program, the completeness and quality of installation, service safety, and explosion-and-fire protection of technical equipment of the boat were checked. The main power plant was tested under load. Then, preparations were made for factory sea…

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NATO Announces Exercise Breeze 2019 a Week Late After Prodding from SeaWaves

July 19, 2019 – After inquiring of Exercise Breeze 2019 July 18th, with their usual no response, NATO released this today one week after event began. Over 2,000 forces and 27 ships are taking part in exercise Breeze 2019 in the Black Sea. The Bulgarian-led maritime exercise, which began on 12 July, involves forces from 12 NATO Allies – Albania,…

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USS Carney Departs the Black Sea

July 14, 2019 – USS Carney (DDG 64) began its southbound transit from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea July 14, 2019, after conducting maritime security operations and exercise Sea Breeze 2019. While in the Black Sea for Sea Breeze 2019, Carney was able to test interoperability with participating partner navies that included maritime interdiction operations, operational process training,…

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NATO Conducting Routine Patrol in the Black Sea

July 3, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) arrived in the Black Sea yesterday to conduct a routine patrol to enhance interoperability with Allies and build on cooperation with NATO Partners. SNMG2 is led by Commodore Josée Kurtz of the Royal Canadian Navy from the Group’s flagship, Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Toronto. The group also includes Turkish…

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USS Carney Arrives in Odesa

June 30, 2019 – USS Carney (DDG 64) arrived in Odesa, Ukraine, June 30, for a scheduled port visit as part of multinational exercise Sea Breeze 2019. Carney will participate in the U.S.- and Ukrainian-led multinational exercise Sea Breeze 19 to strengthen interoperability operations in the Black Sea with NATO allies and partners and demonstrate collective solutions to Black Sea…

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USS Donald Cook Departs Odessa

February 27, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Odessa, Ukraine Feb. 27 after completing a scheduled port visit as part of continued Black Sea presence and support to NATO allies and regional partners. While in port, the ship hosted senior-level government discussions between U.S., Ukrainian, and other European representatives, including Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine…

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USS Donald Cook Participates in Maritime Training with Turkey

February 25, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) participated in maritime interoperability training Feb. 22 with Turkish maritime counterparts in the Black Sea. Donald Cook and the Turkish Yavuz-class frigate TS Fatih (F 242) participated in an integrated surface warfare exercise, simulated replenishment-at-sea approaches, communications and electronic warfare exercises, and a photo exercise. “Today’s exercise was another valuable experience…

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Russian Navy to track US missile destroyer movements in Black Sea

Note: image unverified February 19, 2019 (TASS) – Russian Black Sea Fleet ships, including the missile corvette Orekhovo-Zuyevo and the reconnaissance ship Ivan Khurs are continuously tracking the US guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook that has sailed into the Black Sea, the National Defense Management Center reported on Tuesday. It said the Donald Cook entered the Black Sea “at 17:00…

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