The United States sent The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) and Spearhead-class Joint High-Speed Vessel USNS Yuma(JHSV-8) to Odessa in order to participate multinational exercises, Sea Breeze 2019, scheduled to begin on July 1.
The ships pass Turkish straits on 28-29th of June and entered the Black Sea.
Sea Breeze is in its 19th iteration and is scheduled to involve 3,000 troops from 19 nations including 32 ships and 24 aircraft. The exercise seeks to build combined capability and capacity to ensure maritime regional security and foster stronger friendships among partnering nations. Nations scheduled to participate in Sea Breeze 2019 include Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States. This challenging and complex exercise builds on Sea Breeze 2018 to provide a multitude of unique training opportunities designed to enhance our readiness and improve collaboration and interoperability. There are many manipulative news at news portals and websites about this kind of visits but it’s a kind of routine of U.S.Navy. First of Sea Breeze exercises conducted at 1997, then Sea Breeze became a kind of tradition and held every year at Odessa. The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea consistent with international law, including the Montreux Convention. This is the fifth U.S. ship to visit the Black Sea since the beginning of 2019. The last ship to visit the Black Sea was USS Ross (DDG 71) in April. During its time in the Black Sea, USS Ross participated in three interoperability exercises with the Bulgarian Navy and Georgian Coast Guard. Exercises included maritime interdiction, tactical communications, formation maneuvering, and underway replenishments.