14 countries to participate in naval maneuvers, Turkey among them
The Turkish military did not refuse to participate in the annual Sea Breeze Naval drills that kicked off in Ukraine on Monday, July 18.
This year the military exercises are said to be the largest in the whole range of joint Ukrainian-U.S. naval maneuvers.
Turkey is one of the 14 countries taking part in the exercises. The 2016 marine component includes this year 26 vessels, 20 planes and helicopters, as well as 50 military equipment units and 4,000 soldiers.
The naval part of the drills is set to unfold in in the northwest part of the Black Sea, whereas the air and shore component are scheduled in the regions of coastal cities of Odesa and Mykolayiv. Sea Breeze 2016 task is to elaborate the resistance to the separatist riot unfolding in an imaginary country while being financed from abroad.
Oleksiy Doskato, Head of Ukrainian Group: "We are going to work out the operations at the sea, as well as on shore. The main maneuvers to elaborate are isolating the sea coast of the imaginary state, paratroopers' landing and seizing the strategic objects."