RCN sends divers to Black Sea exercise, Russia to keep close eye on training

Divers take part in Exercise Sea Breeze 2016 in the Black Sea. USN photo.

The Royal Canadian Navy has sent a contingent of 14 personnel comprised of divers and support staff and staff officers from Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic and Maritime Forces Atlantic to support Sea Breeze 2017. Sea Breeze is a multi-national training event in Odessa, Ukraine, led by the United States and Ukraine navies. It takes place from July 10 to July 21.

During Sea Breeze 17, the RCN, USN, Ukraine Navy, and personnel from other allied nations will “work together to exercise maritime security, safety, and stability operations with an emphasis on anti-submarine warfare, infrastructure protection, amphibious operations, and cyberspace defence missions,” according to a news release from the Canadian Forces.

Two U.S. ships and around 800 U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine personnel will take part in the annual exercise in the Black Sea. Amphibious exercises will also be held as part of the training.

The exercise will be under naval and air surveillance by Russian forces, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports.

This year’s participating nations include: Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Source: Ottawa Citizen.

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