US Marines enters Black Sea and starts war games

Just few days ago four NATO warships enetered to Ukrainian port in the Black Sea for a month. Also US landing ship with marines has crossed Bosborus Strait and sterted joint drills with the Romanian Navy.

NATO is again boosting its presence in Ukraine. Four NATO warships have entered the Port of Odessa, according to the Ukrainian Navy. The ships will remain until April 20, as NATO and Ukrainian marines engage in military competitions and peer learning:

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“The amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and embarked Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in the Black Sea March 17, to participate in bilateral training exercise Spring Storm 17 with Romania,” the US 6th fleet said in a statement.

According to the release, the vessel “will work alongside Romanian maritime forces to develop interoperability and proficiency.” The Spring Storm exercises will take place not far from the Romanian port of Constanta between March 18 and 21, reported RT News.

“The Spring Storm exercise provides Carter Hall a valuable opportunity to operate forward with our NATO ally in the Black Sea region (Romania). We are looking forward to increasing our mutual cooperation to enhance security throughout 6th Fleet,” Timothy Carter, USS Carter Hall commanding officer, said of the war games.

The 6th fleet is the US Navy’s command for Europe and Africa headquartered in Naples, Italy.

The exercise, involving Romanian Navy and Air Force, will bring together a total of 1,200 American and Romanian soldiers, Sociedad Rumana de Radiodifusion reported. The war games will focus on working out cooperation in protecting the Romanian coastline and cities in the area, it added.

Carter Hall (LSD-50) has a crew of 400 and can carry up to 500 marines, who are delivered ashore via small landing craft and helicopters.

DONi News Agency

According to: RT News