NATO ships exercise underway in the Black Sea
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.
NATO ships routinely exercise in the Black Sea. Prior to this exercise, NATO fleets participated in a multinational exercise co-hosted by Ukraine and the United States, named Sea Breeze.
SNMG2 includes the flagship Canadian frigate HMCS Toronto, Turkish frigate TCG Turgutreis and Romanian frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand. SNMCMG2 is composed of the flagship, Italian auxiliary ITS Vesuvio, French minehunter FS Orion, Turkish minehunter TCG Enez and Romanian minesweeper ROS Nicolescu.
NATO ships routinely patrol and exercise in the Black Sea. Prior to exercise Breeze, SNMG2 conducted patrols in the Black Sea and participated in exercise Sea Breeze, a multinational exercise co-hosted by Ukraine and the United States.