NATO Announces Exercise Breeze 2019 a Week Late After Prodding

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, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States. The exercise aims to enhance interoperability among participating units and strengthen NATO’s readiness in the…

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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 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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Canada Taking Part in Exercise Sea Breeze 2019 in the Black Sea

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 Foreign Ministers agree to enhance security in the Black Sea Region

April 4, 2019 – Meeting in Washington D.C. on Thursday, NATO Foreign Ministers agreed a package of measures to improve NATO’s situational awareness in the Black Sea region and strengthen support for partners Georgia and Ukraine. Ministers also reiterated their call on Russia to release the Ukrainian sailors and ships seized near the Sea of Azov. Earlier, Ministers addressed Russia’s continuing violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. They called on Russia again to return to full and verifiable compliance with the Treaty, and discussed the way forward. “We…

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HMCS Toronto Exercises With URS Pryluky

April 5, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Pryluky missile boat of the Ukrainian Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Toronto have conducted joint maneuvers in the Black Sea, the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry has reported. “During the exercises, the Ukrainian missile boat Pryluky and the Royal Canadian Navy frigate FFH 333 Toronto have completed tasks on tactical maneuvering and conducted joint practical artillery firing and a series of training exercises with Ukrainian Navy aircraft,” reads the statement. It notes that operating officers from the Royal…

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