Naval military exercise under the name of Sea Breeze 2015 is being conducted by Ukraine and NATO in the Black Sea.
This joint naval military exercise includes 2,500 troops and a total of 150 other vehicles, including warships, helicopters and armored cars provided by NATO. Ukraine has deployed 1000 troops, nine warships and eight aircraft, while the US has deployed 1,000 troops as well as five warships, two submarines and six aircraft.
Countries like Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Turkey, the UK and the non-NATO nations Moldova and Sweden have also sent a number of troops and military vehicles.
According to Ukrainian Defense Ministry, the purpose of this exercise is to increase confidence and safety in the region and increase partnership between NATO, Ukraine and other countries involved in this exercise.
This naval military exercise will be held until mid-September in Ukraine’s Odessa and Nikolaevsk region.
Apart from this exercise, NATO is also involved in another exercise, which is taking place in Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania. This exercise is known under the name of Swift Response.