Large-scale international military exercises Sea Breeze-2016 will start on the territory of Odesa and Mykolayiv region on July 18. It is reported by the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.
Exercises will take place in the north-western part of the Black Sea and will last until July 30.
More than 25 ships, boats and supply vessels of Ukraine, the USA, Turkey and Romania will be deployed in the navy component.
According to the exercise plan, the participants will work out the interaction of the multinational task force, which will conduct the operation "in the crisis region," according to NATO standards, with the participation of the Marines and special units of Ukraine, the US, Moldova and Georgia.
Also sea and air airborne insert will be practiced in the Odesa region, as well as the actions of artillery during the anti-airborne defense, water obstacle traverse with the involvement of engineering departments, special efforts to ensure security in the maritime sector and the air covering for the assault landing.
Ukrainian-American exercises of 'Sea Breeze' type have been held annually since 1997 in accordance with the "Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation on Defense and Military Relations between the US Department of Defense and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine" of 1993.
They are held for the purpose of training and increasing the operational readiness of the Naval and the Armed Forces of Ukraine on a bilateral basis, but are open to other countries.