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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NATO Statement on Release of Kidnapped Ukrainian Sailors

September 7, 2019 – We welcome that the Ukrainian sailors seized by Russia last November are finally back home, as well as the film-maker Oleg Sentsov. This is a step in the right direction. NATO continues to call on Russia to fulfil all its obligations under the Minsk Agreements, including the release of all prisoners. At the same time, it…

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Sea Breeze 2019 Partners Celebrate Navy Day in Ukraine

July 9, 2019 – Ukranian President joined the Ukrainian Navy, military members from exercise Sea Breeze 2019, and the people of Ukraine to celebrate Navy Day in Odesa, Ukraine, July 7. While at the public event, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made remarks, presented medals to Ukrainian service members, visited with Ukrainians, toured foreign ships and attended several meetings and briefings.…

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Sixth Fleet Announces Sea Breeze 2019 Participation

July 25, 2019 – U.S. 6th Fleet is going to participate in the upcoming Sea Breeze 2019 (SB19), an exercise which brings together 19 nations, 32 ships, 24 aircraft and more than 3,000 troops. The 19th iteration of Sea Breeze, an annual, multinational maritime exercise with land, air, and sea components, is scheduled to be July 1-12. The exercise seeks…

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NATO Frigates Toronto and Santa Maria in Odessa

April 1, 2019 – “The Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Toronto (FFH 333) and the Spanish Navy frigate Santa Maria (F-81) have moored to the berth of the Odessa Marine Station. These ships carry out the patrol in the Mediterranean Sea as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2). They arrived in Odesa on a friendly visit to…

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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 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 Makes Port Call in Odessa

February 25, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, Feb. 25, 2019 for a scheduled port visit as part of our continued Black Sea presence and support to our region partners. Since arriving in the Black Sea on Feb. 19, 2019, the ship’s crew conducted maritime interoperability training exercises with the Turkish navy. These operations enhance…

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North Atlantic Council statement on developments near the Sea of Azov

November 27, 2018 – In view of Russia’s use of military force against Ukraine near the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, ‎NATO Allies call on Russia to ensure unhindered access to Ukrainian ports and allow freedom of navigation. There is no justification for Russia’s use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel. We call on Russia…

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North Atlantic Council statement on developments near the Sea of Azov

November 27, 2018 – In view of Russia’s use of military force against Ukraine near the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, ‎NATO Allies call on Russia to ensure unhindered access to Ukrainian ports and allow freedom of navigation. There is no justification for Russia’s use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel. We call on Russia…

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Maritime training deployments to deepen UK-Ukraine defence partnership

November 21, 2018 – The UK and Ukraine will continue to strengthen their defense partnership in the face of intensifying threats and aggression, the Defence Secretary reaffirmed today. In a meeting with the visiting Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, Gavin Williamson announced a range of forthcoming deployments and exercises that will see the two countries’ Armed Forces continue to work…

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Russia’s Harassment of International Shipping Transiting the Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov

August 30, 2018 – The United States condemns Russia’s harassment of international shipping in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. Russia has delayed hundreds of commercial vessels since April and in recent weeks has stopped at least 16 commercial ships attempting to reach Ukrainian ports. Russia’s actions to impede maritime transit are further examples of its ongoing campaign…

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Exercise Sea Breeze 2018 Kicks Off in Ukraine

The 18th iteration of exercise Sea Breeze kicked off following opening ceremonies in Odessa and Shiroky Lan training range, Ukraine, July 9. Sea Breeze is designed to enhance interoperability among participating nations and strengthen regional security by focusing on a variety of warfare areas, officials said. “This annual multinational maritime exercise has enhanced our interoperability and capabilities among participating forces,”…

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USS Carney Arrives in Odessa

USS Carney (DDG 64) arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, Jan. 8, 2018, for a scheduled port visit. The visit to Odessa demonstrates a shared commitment to promote security and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance interoperability with partners in the Black Sea. “As a Forward-Deployed Naval Forces – Europe destroyer, returning to the Black Sea and Odessa is…

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