Cohosted by the U.S. and Ukraine, the multinational joint exercise Sea Breeze 2021 concluded on July 10. The exercise was kicked off on June 28.
“Ships from Exercise Sea Breeze-2021 have returned to Odesa for their final brief! Job well done! Tomorrow the exercise will be officially over and the ships will be headed to Bulgarian lead exercise Breeze!” the official Twitter account of Sea Breeze exercise tweeted.
The 20th iteration of the exercises hosted the largest-ever attendance that involved including 32 countries from six continents, 5,000 troops, 32 ships, 40 aircraft, and 18 special operation and dive teams.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky also attended the exercise on July 4.
“Sea Breeze 2021 demonstrates unity in confronting military threats being increased in the Black Sea region due to its militarization and aggressive actions by the Russian Federation. This shows everyone that we will not allow the restriction of freedom of navigation in the Black Sea and usurpation of the sovereign right of Ukraine as a coastal state,” Zelensky said.
“In addition to Ukraine and the United States, representatives of the United Kingdom, Turkey, Germany, France, Georgia, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Canada, Australia, Israel, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, UAE, Japan, and many other NATO and partner nations take part in this exercise,” the President Zelensky noted.
The exercise focused on multiple warfare areas including amphibious warfare, land manoeuvre warfare, diving operations, maritime interdiction operations, air defence, special operations integration, anti-submarine warfare, and search and rescue operations.
The 13-day annual exercise began just after Russia claimed on June 23 that it fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of the British destroyer HMS Defender to force it to change course from the Crimean city of Sevastopol. Although Sea Breeze 2021 has proceeded without incident, tensions remain strained between Moscow and NATO.
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