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 frigate TCG Turgutreis and British frigate HMS Duncan, which transited into the Black Sea with HMCS Toronto. There they are joining with Romanian frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand as well. “Patrolling…

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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 security under Operation Atlantic Resolve. “Each visit to the Black Sea enables us the unique opportunity to work with our regional maritime partners and allies,” said Cmdr. Tyson Young, commanding…

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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 Marie Yovanovitch, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Ambassador Kurt Volker, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, and U.S. European Command Civilian Deputy to the Commander Ambassador Philip…

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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 for the crew of Donald Cook,” said Donald Cook’s Command Master Chief Jeremy Douglas. “Operating with Turkey is as enjoyable as it is crucial. No nation can combat global threats…

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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 Moscow time on February 19, 2019”. “The assigned means of the Black Sea Fleet have organized continuous tracking of the US missile destroyer. The direct control over its movements is…

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RFS Kasimov Trains in the Black Sea

January 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – As part of the planned training, the small anti-submarine ship “Kasimov” of the Novorossiysk military naval base (naval base) of the Black Sea Fleet (BSF) made an exit to the sea training grounds for combat training purposes. In the course of the training, the sailors carried out a set of measures to organize the air defense of the ship, carried out the search and tracking of air targets, and also conducted artillery firing at air targets simulating the attack of a conventional enemy aerial…

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USS Donald Cook Departs Black Sea

January 28, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) began its south-bound transit of the Bosphorus Strait, en route to the Mediterranean Sea Jan. 28 after conducting maritime security operations and enhancing regional maritime stability, combined readiness and naval capability with our NATO allies and partners in the Black Sea. While in the Black Sea, Donald Cook conducted a successful port visit in Batumi, Georgia. While in Batumi, the ship met with local officials, participated in a sports day with the Georgian Coast Guard, conducted a tree-planting community relations event,…

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USS Donald Cook arrives in Batumi, Georgia

January 21, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Batumi, Georgia, Jan. 21, 2019 for a scheduled port visit. During the port visit in Batumi, the ship is scheduled to meet with city officials, host a reception onboard, conduct a community relations project and engage in a sports day with Georgian maritime counterparts. “I would like to thank our Georgian hosts for the warm welcome and hospitality,” said Cmdr. Matthew J. Powel, commanding officer of Donald Cook. “We are honored to play an active role in strengthening U.S.-Georgian…

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RFS Pytliviy Shadowing USS Donald Cook on Black Sea

January 19, 2019 (Google Translation) – The forces of the Black Sea Fleet began tracking the American destroyer of guided missile weapons of the US Navy “Donald Cook” immediately after its entry into the Black Sea. The watchdog ship of the Black Sea Fleet “Pytlivy” began to directly monitor the actions of the American warship. In addition, throughout the stay of the destroyer URO “Donald Cook” in the area of ​​responsibility of the Black Sea Fleet, it will be monitored using electronic and technical means of the fleet. The squadron…

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U.S. EP-3 Intercepted in the Black Sea November 5

November 5, 2018 – On Nov. 5, 2018, a U.S. EP-3 Aries aircraft flying in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian SU-27. This interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the SU-27 conducting a high speed pass directly in front of the mission aircraft, putting at risk the pilots and crew. The intercepting SU-27 made an additional pass, closing with the EP-3 and applying its afterburner while conducting a banking turn away. The crew of the EP-3 reported turbulence following the first interaction, and…

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USNS Carson City Exits Black Sea

September 10, 2018 – USNS Carson City (T-EPF 7) departed the Black Sea Aug. 30 after conducting various operations in the area. Carson City entered the Black Sea Aug. 15 after transiting the Dardanelles and Bosporus Straits. “While in the Black Sea, we did what Carson City does best,” said Ship’s Capt. Jonathan Keffer, civilian master of Carson City. “We provided rapid transport of military equipment and personnel to new ports. We’re in the business of fast transport and top-notch hospitality as we get our passengers and cargo to their…

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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,” said Navy Capt. Matthew Lehman, commodore of Task Force 65. “The exercise seeks to build combined capability and capacity to ensure regional security and foster trust among participating nations.” Some…

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The Black Sea region: a critical intersection

What is happening in and around the Black Sea and how does it affect NATO? The Black Sea region is of crucial significance for Europe, being a major crossroads and critical intersection of east-west and south-north corridors. Many experts believe that whoever controls or dominates the Black Sea can easily project power to the European continent, mainly in the Balkans and Central Europe, but also in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as the South Caucasus and the northern Middle East. Russian special forces troops in unmarked uniforms stand guard at…

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NATO Ships Complete Romanian Naval Exercise

Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) completed annual Romanian multinational exercise Sea Shield 2018 today in the Black Sea. The NATO Group includes flagship Royal Navy destroyer HMS Duncan, Spanish frigate SPS Victoria, Bulgarian frigate BGS Drazki, Romanian frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand and Turkish frigate TCG Gimlik and joined ships, submarines, aircraft and soldiers from Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and the United States to conduct the exercise off the coast of Romania in the Black Sea. The exercise participants enhanced interoperability by practicing NATO standard procedures for defence against aircraft,…

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