Multinational maritime exercise Sea Breeze 2021 kicked off in the Black sea on Monday with the leadership of the Ukrainian Navy and U.S. Sixth Fleet.
The 21st of the Sea Breeze is taking place from June 28 to July 10 in the Black Sea region, with the largest number of participating nations in the exercise’s history, including 32 countries from six continents, 5,000 troops, 32 ships, 40 aircraft, and 18 special operation and dive teams.
This year's maritime exercise is set to be conducted by Albania, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, France, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Morocco, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.
The U.S. and Ukraine co-hosting the exercise designed to enhance interoperability of participating nations and strengthen maritime security within the region. The routine, annual training exercise aims to strengthen maritime security and stability, information-sharing, and building teamwork and mutual cooperation.
According to the U.S. Naval Forces, Sea Breeze 2021 focuses on multiple warfare areas including amphibious warfare, land maneuver warfare, diving operations, maritime interdiction operations, air defense, special operations integration, anti-submarine warfare, and search and rescue operations.