Ukraine, NATO hold naval exercises in Black Sea

19:50, 20 March 2017
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The drills involve a Ukrainian minesweeper Henichesk and three vessels of Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group Two

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Joint military exercises of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and NATO’s naval mine hunting team are being held in the Black Sea March 20.

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the tasks include navigating ships behind trawls, tactical maneuvering, training on radio communications, as well as minesweeping.

Read alsoRussia begins large-scale military drills in CrimeaAs UNIAN reported earlier, Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group Two (SNMCMG2) vessels (ORP K.X. CZERNICKI, Poland, ESPS DUERO, Spain, FGS ROTTWEIL, Germany, and TCG ALANYA, Turkey docked in Odesa.

On March 18, all ships of SNMCMG2 berth in Odessa were opened to the public – over 3 thousand people visited units during two-hour event.

According to BBC Russian Service, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has also reported on large-scale military drills in the Black Sea, involving live fire exercises at Crimea ranges.

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