Sea Breeze, now in its 15th iteration, began in 1997 as an annual exercise held in the Black Sea and is co-hosted by Ukraine and the United States.
The exercise seeks to enhance interoperability with Black Sea and regional partners and strengthen regional security through air, land and sea components, which tests forces’ capabilities throughout the full spectrum of operations. Sea Breeze 2016 forces will undergo training both ashore and at sea.
The exercise seeks to create realistic training that will allow forces to execute air defense, anti-submarine warfare, damage control, search and rescue, and other missions in support of maritime security and regional stability.
Approximately 2,300 personnel from 13 nations are scheduled to participate in this year’s exercise