(QHA) -

Ukraine to hold Sea Breeze drill jointly with the United States in the northwestern sector of the Black Sea on September 8 to 10, the Ukrainian Navy's press center informed.

The exercise will focus on techniques of conducting an international operation to maintain safe navigation in a crisis-ridden region.

Besides Ukraine and the U.S., the exercise will involve Spain, Canada, Romania and Turkey. Twelve warships and logistics vessels will take part in the maneuvers, including five Ukrainian warships and two Ukrainian coastguard boats. The Ukrainian Navy will also provide aircraft and helicopters.

Georgia, Norway, Sweden and France will send observers to the naval maneuvers.

The drill is part of the program for bilateral cooperation between the Ukrainian and U.S. military and complies with the Ukrainian president's decree of March 25 2014. The naval maneuvers will be held in the spirit of the Partnership for Peace program. Eleven Sea Breeze exercises were held between 1997 and 2013.

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