The Sea Breeze naval exercises started in the Ukrainian province of Odessa, with the participation of 19 countries and more than 2,000 military personnel, said the governor of this region, Maxim Stepánov.
“The international maneuvers Sea Breeze-2018 begin by tradition from the province of Odessa, I wish success, courage and resistance to the military of all States, that the hard training results in effective strategies and tactics of combat,” wrote the governor in Facebook and published several photos of the opening of the exercises.
The spokesman of the Navy of Ukraine, Oleg Chubuk, in turn, informed in this social network that the commander of the Ukrainian Navy, Igor Voronchenko, officially declared these exercises inaugurated, in which 19 states, more than 2,000 soldiers and about 30 ships and boats.
He also revealed that the objective of testing a multinational naval operation for guaranteeing security in the region is being pursued.
“A peculiarity of the Ukrainian-American exercises Sea Breeze-2018 is that the command of its naval, air and land components will be made from the sea, from the USS Mount Whitney ship, from the USA,” he said.
The training will be carried out in the Ukrainian provinces of Odessa and Nikolaev and in certain sectors of the northwestern part of the Black Sea.
On Sunday, it transpired that US destroyer USS Porter entered the Odesa port to participate in the Sea Breeze maneuvers.
Source: Mundo Sputnik News