Naval Group Wins Hotly Contested Romanian Contract

July 3, 2019 – The Romanian authorities announced today the selection of Naval Group and its partner Santierul Naval Constanta (SNC) for the program to build four new Gowind multi-mission corvettes, to modernize the T22 frigates and to create a maintenance center and a training center. The Naval Group and SNC teams are honored by the trust of the Romanian authorities and look forward to working together to provide the Romanian Navy with the four state-of-the art Gowind® corvettes.   With this program, Romania will benefit from Naval Group’s long…

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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 to build combined capability and capacity to ensure maritime regional security and foster stronger friendships among partnering nations. SB19 will be co-hosted by the United States and Ukraine to enhance…

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NATO Navies Test Readiness in Baltic Sea

June 8, 2019 – Around 8,600 U.S. and European troops from 18 nations are taking part in the annual BALTOPS naval exercise that starts on Sunday (9 June) in Germany’s Baltic Sea port of Kiel. The 47th BALTOPS exercise involves maritime, air and ground forces with about 50 ships and submarines and 40 aircraft and will run through 21 June. The training includes finding and destroying sea mines and submarines, the use of air defence and landing troops onshore as well as defence against attack from enemy navy vessels. “The…

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Romania, U.S. Conduct Close Air Support Exercise

May 7, 2019 – The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and components of its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, along with the U.S. Air Force 603rd Air Control Squadron, completed a close air support (CAS) exercise with Romanian partners, May 3-5. The CAS involved coordination with U.S. Air Force tankers for in-flight refueling and Romanian joint terminal air controllers (JTACs), a ground-control support entity, to complete a roughly 700-nautical mile training exercise. “The strategic mission is to engage and strengthen our partnerships with countries around the…

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FS Capricorne Visits Constanta

March 28, 2019 (Google Translation) – The sea lover “Lt. Lupu Dinescu ” participated on Thursday, March 28th, in training with the French captain” Capricorne “(M-653), in the territorial waters of Romania in the Black Sea. The main purpose of the exercise is to maintain a high level of training of Romanian military seamen. The work is part of the NATO package of measures to increase confidence among the Allies and to strengthen security in the Black Sea area and contributes to achieving tactical interoperability between the two seas. After…

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Regele Ferdinand Joins SNMG2

March 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Regele Ferdinand frigate left the Constanţa military port Thursday, March 28, to join the NATO Navy Maritime Group NATO Permanent Navy Group, which includes military ships from Canada, the Netherlands, Turkey. NATO Naval Group will carry out maritime surveillance missions in the Black Sea by 18 April to strengthen measures to discourage security challenges in the region, but there are also stopovers in the ports of Trabzon (Turkey), Constanta and Poti ( Georgia) to restore combat capability. This month is 15 years since…

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Fort McHenry Arrives in Romania

January 7, 2018 – USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) arrived in Constanta, Romania, Jan. 7 for a scheduled port visit. Constanta is the first port visit for Fort McHenry, which deployed from its homeport of Mayport, Florida, Dec. 16, 2018. During the time in the Black Sea region, Fort McHenry is being shadowed by Russian frigate Pytliviy. “The Sailors and Marines of Fort McHenry have a great opportunity to experience a historic city,” said Cmdr. Steve Schmidt, commanding officer of Fort McHenry. “We stand together with our Romanian allies and partners…

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Australia’s New Icebreaker Takes to the Water

September 22, 2018 – The commissioning of Australia’s new icebreaker reached a key milestone this week, with the vessel being floated in Romania. It took two days to pump the equivalent of 50 Olympic swimming pools of water into the dry dock where the RSV Nuyina is being built. Under the close supervision of marine engineers, the vessel was successfully floated and transferred into the adjacent wet dock. Final construction of the Nuyina will be completed in the wet dock before the vessel is transferred to its home port of…

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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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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 2

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 kicked off with participating nations attending a pre-sail conference at Hotel Amberton Klaipeda on June 1. BALTOPS is an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise scheduled for June 1-15, 2018. It is designed to improve training value for participants enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. The exercise will involve maritime, ground, and air forces so as to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability. Participating nations in BALTOPS include Belgium, Denmark, Finland,…

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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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Romania hosts NATO Allies for major Black Sea exercise

Naval assets from seven Allied nations and NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 are training maritime capabilities and combat proficiency in the Black Sea from May 7 to 13 2018, as part of Exercise Sea Shield. Some 21 military ships, 10 fighter aircrafts, a submarine, and 2,300 servicemen are taking part. Romanian-led exercise Sea Shield 2018 involves participants from the US, the UK, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain and Turkey, which participate with frigates, missile boats, corvettes and a destroyer. The exercise is based on a fictitious crisis response scenario. “By organising and…

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NATO Warship Discovers Mine from Previous Conflict

During routine mine countermeasure training in the Black Sea on 7th February 2018, Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2) ship, Turkish mine hunter TCG AKÇAY, discovered a sea mine from a previous conflict. The mine was discovered at 8 A.M. local time while TCG AKÇAY, under the command of Turkish Navy Lieutenant Commander Abdulla Yildiz, was using her mine hunting sonar to scan the sea bed and the water below her. The crew detected an object, which was thought to be a potential mine. TCG AKÇAY then used her…

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Latest EU Attempt to Duplicate NATO

On 11 December 2017, the Council adopted a decision establishing Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), less than a month after receiving a joint notification by member states of their intention to participate. The 25 member states participating in PESCO are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. On 13 November 2017, ministers from 23 member states signed a joint notification on the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and handed it over…

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