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NATO Holds More Black Sea Exercises, To Last A Week, Eight Countries, 2000 Personnel Participating

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NATO Holds More Black Sea Exercises, To Last A Week, Eight Countries, 2000 Personnel Participating

A P-8A Poseidon aircraft flies alongside the USS Porter earlier this year

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) entered the Black Sea on Sunday 19 July to take part in an annual NATO military exercise, several days after Russia placed its Black Sea forces on alert during a snap inspection of its military forces’ battle readiness.

The NATO military exercise Sea Breeze 2020 is co-hosted by the United States and Ukraine and involves more than 2,000 personnel from Bulgaria, Georgia, Norway, Romania, Spain and Turkey.

It will run through July 26 and focus on warfare operations such as air defence, anti-submarine warfare, damage control and search and rescue, according to a Navy press statement.

This will be the third trip into the Black Sea this year for the USS Porter, which is based in Rota, Spain.

A Navy P-8A Poseidon sub hunter aircraft is also participating. The exercise will take place exclusively at sea to help mitigate COVID-19, according to the release.

Porter’s arrival comes after Russia’s Black Sea Fleet conducted a “snap combat readiness check,” Russia’s state-run news agency TASS reported on Friday last week.

The surprise combat readiness check involved troops of the Southern and Western Military Districts, marine infantry of the Northern and Pacific Fleets and some units of the Central Command and the Airborne Force.

Overall, the drills involved 150,000 troops, over 26,000 items of military hardware, 414 aircraft and 106 warships and vessels.

For Moscow’s Black Sea-based forces, the associated drills and manoeuvres involved warships, combat aircraft and more than 3,000 personnel.

During the exercise, the ships’ crew simulated urgent battle preparations and practiced withdrawing the main forces from a notional enemy’s strike.

Sea Breeze 2020 comes as conflict continues in the east of Ukraine in a war that has killed more than 14,000 people, according to the Associated Press.

Russian jets have also intercepted US aircraft over the Black Sea and across the region on numerous occasions in recent years. LINK

Three weeks ago, the Russian Defence Ministry released video footage of what it says was an interception over neutral waters of three US planes that were flying toward its border over the Black Sea.

The ministry said it scrambled a Su-30 fighter plane that approached the US planes “at a safe distance,” after which the US planes reportedly changed course away from Russia’s border. The US planes included a RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft, a P-8 Poseidon and a KC-135 aerial refuelling aircraft, according to Russian authorities.

The following day, a pair of F-22 Raptors intercepted four Russian Tu-142 reconnaissance aircraft entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement. They came within 65 nautical miles of the Aleutian Islands and hung around for almost eight hours

The interception operation was the sixth of the month. Since Russia resumed long-range aviation activities in 2007, there has been an average of around seven intercepts a year, though the number in any given year has been from zero to 15, according to NORAD. LINK

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62 comments

  1. Lone Ranger says:

    Not 8 countries.
    7 vassal states + an oversea cia colony*

      1. Lone Ranger says:

        So you are a commie now?:)

        1. occupybacon says:

          The only true commie

          1. Lone Ranger says:

            Oy gevalt…
            Im not sure your fellow ukropnazis will be happy about that.

          2. occupybacon says:

            As long as making Ruskies shit bricks, they are happy.

          3. Lone Ranger says:

            Typical moral insanity…
            Only one shitting bricks is the U.S. and Ukraine.
            Russia is laid back and taking a lil nap after a long day :)

          4. occupybacon says:

            And they left you awake to scream like you are penetrated by a horse dick.

          5. Lone Ranger says:

            You are getting passive agressive now.:)
            Didnt have a good sleep?
            Is that troll already in custody in Kiev?
            You know that hostage taker who was trained by the U.S…

          6. occupybacon says:

            I don’t know, tell me more.

          7. Lone Ranger says:

            Thats all for this morning. :)
            Drink water, eat something, pay attention to your electrolites.

          8. occupybacon says:

            Yes sir, check, please!

  2. Lone Ranger says:

    Russia and China should hold drills in the Gulf of Mexico.

    1. Porc Halal says:

      Except for China maybe …;) China is a communist cancer, a threat to humanity just like Islam and Judaism.

    2. occupybacon says:

      It’s too far from their shores, their ships would need tug boats.

      1. Lone Ranger says:

        Wishful thinking.
        They could easily do it but they arent psychopaths.

        1. occupybacon says:

          In war better be a psycho than a crying girl

          1. Lone Ranger says:

            Neither.
            Real war needs Men.

          2. occupybacon says:

            Men don’t shit bricks when other countries exercise their freedom of navigation in international waters.

          3. Lone Ranger says:

            Tell that to the U.S. on the South China Sea.
            They are so afraid of the Chinese they need three carrier strike groups not to crap themselves lol.

          4. occupybacon says:

            The chinese army is like 10 times * Russia, it needs a lot of fire power to whipe em out.

          5. Lone Ranger says:

            Chinese armed forces are actually inferior to Russia.
            Manpower doesnt really matter these days only tech and firepower and tactics.

          6. occupybacon says:

            If they took 2 aircraft carriers to bomb Afghanistan and Iraq, why you find 3 for China is too much?

          7. Lone Ranger says:

            Because they are not at war with China…
            Afghanistan was a bad idea too by the way.

          8. occupybacon says:

            Not yet maybe. Btw China claims South China Sea as own territory, why they didn’t go for the American ships at least when they were one at a time.

          9. Lone Ranger says:

            I guess they respect freedom of navigation.

          10. occupybacon says:

            China threatens anyone passing though their artificial islands.

          11. Lone Ranger says:

            Only if they violate their territorial waters around the island.
            Territorial waters and economic naval zones are governed by UN treaties.
            U.S. would do the same if a Chinese navy ship would sail 10km from Diego Garcia or Guam.

          12. occupybacon says:

            Guam is a natural island, China has built at least 13 artificial islands there

          13. Lone Ranger says:

            Nobody said they cant.
            If you build an oil rig for example thats your national territory too.
            Attacking it is piracy according to International law.
            If the U.S. is that worried they should build a few islands there too.

          14. Lone Ranger says:

            Aside from that they dont want nuclear war.
            Nobody should…

          15. occupybacon says:

            But do you support China claiming South China Sea?

          16. Lone Ranger says:

            Not really the whole South China Sea.
            But I support them having the right to protect their islands territorial waters according to international law.

          17. occupybacon says:

            The man-made islands?

          18. Lone Ranger says:

            Yes.

          19. Lone Ranger says:

            Also U.S. went ballistic a year ago when Russian subs were navigating on their east coast.
            It was only freedom of navigation…

          20. occupybacon says:

            So you went balistic in return over the Black Sea freedom of navigation.

          21. Lone Ranger says:

            Did Russia protest?
            And threaten?
            Nope.

          22. occupybacon says:

            Yes, always. They cry like little bitches.

          23. Lone Ranger says:

            I dont think so.
            Sounds more like Ukraine and the U.S. :)

          24. Lone Ranger says:

            Admit it you did party tonight.
            I can still feel the cocaine or speed in your comments.
            Try a valium or xanax, it should calm you down.
            Trust me my grandaddy was a doctor.
            Im really worried about your heart.
            You are still young and think all is fine and dandy but in your 40s you will regret it.
            Please stop and start to live a healthy lifestyle.
            Eventho we arent agree on many things there is still hope for you.
            You are a smart person.
            You know Im telling you the Truth.
            Heart valve replacement and cardiomiopathy are no joke.

          25. occupybacon says:

            Oh no, Cocaine hurts my heart but your disappointment is worse for me

    3. Mustafa Mehmet says:

      Of course they can.. in international water

    4. Ivan Freely says:

      Along with the Venezuelan Navy.

  3. cechas vodobenikov says:

    excellent–the empire wastes money in a desperate effort to extend the collapsing empire

    1. occupybacon says:

      The dirt poor is worried about the rich spendings, what a time to be alive!

  4. Black Waters says:

    NAZITO

  5. johnny rotten says:

    While the whole world is in one of the most critical and dangerous periods in history, these morons play the war, so just to whet the Russians on their doorstep, NATO following the Yankees wherever they drag them is becoming a hodgepodge of zombies going towards destruction without having the slightest perception, anyone sane would stay away from the Black Sea, evidently these are not sane.

    1. occupybacon says:

      It’s the black sea, 3 nato countries have shores there, should they be scared of the neomongol empire or what?

  6. Rhodium 10 says:

    Except US Navy…the others( Romania, Georgia, Ukraine,Turkey,Norway navy are just paper warships for Russian navy)

    1. occupybacon says:

      Yeah, Kuznetsov is a scare factor for any Navy that doesn’t want to be smoked.

      1. Rhodium 10 says:

        what about US heli carrier cooked and other one damage?

        1. occupybacon says:

          That burning heli carrier betrayed and switches side with Kuznetsov. He’s part 9f the Russian fleet now. The other one I don’t know if is damaged enough to be allowed in the Russian Navy. Maybe if it proves that needs a tug boat….

          1. Lone Ranger says:

            Russian navy is in a better shape nowdays than the U.S.

    2. Mustafa Mehmet says:

      OK you say so. dumbo

    3. <> says:

      What are you talking about? your country doesn’t even have something that is close enough to be called an army. Don’t talk about other nations, first find enough men that want to serve in your failed state army.

      1. Rhodium 10 says:

        My country have Eurofighter, F-18, warships with AEGIS, Leopard tanks, Patriot missile…

        1. <> says:

          You might have the techonology as part of NATO, but let’s face it, your army has no experience in real battle. So don’t talk about other countries that have sent their forces to Iraq or Afghanistan.

          1. Rhodium 10 says:

            They have fought in Bosnia repelling ambush, also in Afganistan(Herat) and Irak ( Najaf),

      2. rightiswrong rightiswrong says:

        Says the muppet who use conscription to fill out the military. Cowardly muppets who ran from their claimed homeland for 2000 years. Go kill children, as you were trained to.

  7. John says:

    What are the chances the US would actually enter the Balck Sea just before or at the outset of conflict? The chance is absolutely zero. These are just dog and pony shows by NATO.

  8. verner says:

    and the more than stupid norwegians are apparently participating in a maneuver far far away from home – hope their asset(s) sink or that the norwegians in line with their usual kack-handed way sinks the destroyer from the disunited states of A.

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