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U.K., U.S Send Guided-Missile Warships for Black Sea Sea Breeze 2017 Exercise

Cruiser USS Hue City transiting the Bosphorus Strait. Yörük Işık Photo used with permission

Three NATO guided-missile warships are set to exercise with Ukrainian forces in the Black Sea later this month, a U.S. Navy official told USNI News on Monday.

Guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG-64) and guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG-66) transited the Bosphorus Strait over the weekend and will join 16 other countries as part of SEA BREEZE 2017 starting Monday and running until July 22.

“The exercise is designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, strengthen combined response capabilities, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner nation forces to ensure stability in the Black Sea region,” read a statement from U.S. 6th fleet.

The exercise, “will focus on a variety of warfare areas to include maritime interdiction operations, air defense, anti-submarine warfare, damage control tactics, search and rescue and amphibious warfare.”

The U.K. Royal Navy Type 45 guided-missile destroyer HMS Duncan (D37) was seen heading through the Dardanelles over the weekend by Turkish ship spotters and is expected to join the U.S. ships later in the week.

HMS Duncan moored at Istanbul, Turkey on July 9, 2017. Yörük Işık Photo used with permission

In addition to Carney and Hue City the U.S. Navy is sending, “a P-8A Poseidon from Maritime Patrol Squadron (VP) 16; elements of Naval Special Warfare Unit 2; the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Maritime Ashore Support Team (MAST); a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST); Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 8; Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1; Underwater Construction Team 1; and members of the CNE-CNA/C6F staff,” read a statement from U.S. 6th Fleet.
“In total, approximately 800 U.S. Sailors and Marines are expected to participate.”

Currently, the bulk of the ships involved in the exercise are pier side in Odessa, Ukraine ahead of the at-sea portion of the exercise.
Sea Breeze 2017 is slated to feature more than 30 ships, 25 aircraft and 3,000 military personnel from across the participating countries.

The exercise, currently in its 17th iteration, has drawn protests from the Kremlin since Russia had seized control of the Ukrainian region of Crimea in 2014.

USS Carney (DDG 64) operates in the Mediterranean Sea July 1, 2017. US Navy Photo

The following is the statement from U.S. 6th Fleet.

The 17th edition of Exercise SEA BREEZE will take place in the Black Sea from 10 to 22 July. Air, land, sea, and amphibious forces from 17 nations will participate in the U.S./Ukraine co-hosted exercise this year, which is intended to provide high end training for the participants.

SEA BREEZE 2017 is an annual recurring multinational exercise that will focus on a variety of warfare areas to include maritime interdiction operations, air defense, anti-submarine warfare, damage control tactics, search and rescue, and amphibious warfare. The exercise is designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, strengthen combined response capabilities, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner nation forces to ensure stability in the Black Sea region.

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.

U.S. participation is expected to include the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, USS Hue City (CG 66); the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Carney (DDG 64); a P-8A Poseidon from Maritime Patrol Squadron (VP) 16; elements of Naval Special Warfare Unit 2; the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Maritime Ashore Support Team (MAST); a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST); Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 8; Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1; Underwater Construction Team 1; and members of the CNE-CNA/C6F staff. In total, approximately 800 U.S. Sailors and Marines are expected to participate

  • muzzleloader

    Judging from the articles I have read in the UK media, it would seem that the deployment of HMS Duncan represents approximately 20% of the current assets the RN has available to them.

    • Corporatski Kittenbot 2.0

      1/6th to be precise.

      6 ships in service, 4 Type 23s and 2 Type 45s.

      • muzzleloader

        Egads. How will they come up with the escort platforms once the QE starts deploying? They might have to press the River Class into that role.

        • Corporatski Kittenbot 2.0

          You are closer to the truth than you know.
          It was noted on a recent MOD release that the coastal patrol vessels were classified as ‘warships’.

          Having said that, there will only be 5 River class OPVs.
          So, at best 2 will be available & 1 needed at home to intimidate passing Russian warships with its 30mm gun!

          I imagine by the time the Queen Liz is deploying anywhere, the RHIBs will be pressed into service as fleet escorts!

          • muzzleloader

            Perhaps HMS Victory and Warroir?

        • publius_maximus_III

          Maybe we’ll send them some more 4-stackers…

    • Kenneth Millstein

      Where do you get your information from? I have spent a lot time (several months) in the UK and I can assure you that there media always likes to poke fun at the military, especially the Royal Navy. Perhaps you recall the Falklands war. When the UK faced an enemy thousands of miles away they managed to put together a rather formidable fleet of all types of ships to include civilian ships such as the QEII luxury liner. I would suggest you look up the Jane’s list of all the Naval Fighting vessels in the entire world. I would also suggest that the UK would come in within the top ten of all the world’s Navies. Every years one months issue of the USNI Proceedings is devoted to almost all of the fleets of the world. Maybe you could contact the USNI for the most recent issue to be sent to you if you are a member which I would assume you are. Good luck.

      • R’ Yitzchak M

        British Navy WAS no. 1 until WW2 and the Labour Party made sure that the British Navy will be a joke. Falcland operation was a miracle according to the NATO released analysis where outlining a cardinal error of the Argentinian AF. which set safety fusing at 300m 1000 ft ( usual altitude for training purposes) AAF was flying and releasing its ordinance well below that altitude. Conclusion of the article was that if every bomb tha HIT the British ships was properly fused, there wouldn’t be any ships left.. I saw a British Destroyer at friendly visit to our Harbor (in the 90’s) AA close defense was 50 cal Browning ??? I asked the officer why not “Phalanx” he answered it is not yet in budget but they’re planing eventually to put them on.

        Great Britain was great and perhaps will be great again in my humble opinion “brexit” is a hope

        • Kenneth Millstein

          I believe your correct in your reply to me. I certainly hope the Royal Navy has installed the “Phalanx” close in weapons system since the 90s and many more 21st century weapons systems as well. It is a sad state of affairs for a Navy that once ruled the seven seas.

          • R’ Yitzchak M

            I sincerely pray that Brits WILL reclaim the “Great” once more.. great society, great heritage, and great contribution to whole humanity. Britain without the Great is unnatural.

            All the best my friend

          • Kenneth Millstein

            Just for your information, the part of “Britain” that does not like the “Great” part is Scotland. I have spent several months in Scotland and they vociferously hate that “Britain” is refereed to as “Great Britain”. I believe they never accepted the fact that they were or are a part of “Great Britain”. In their opinion they are a separate country and sooner or later they will be, without firing a shot, unlike Ireland. All of my best wishes to you as well.

          • R’ Yitzchak M

            Seltics or Glasgow? McCain or MacCain? Same issue as N. Ireland or..

            Yugoslavia had exactly the same “folklore” it was very expensive venture.. In my humble opinion religion must be a solution not a weapon of division. “Religion” fomenting division is just another form of the malignant social disease. Swiss have saying after 400 years of ugliest debutchery in Europe and then.. they realized “perhaps” it would be smarter to negotiate 400 years than slaughter each other into a perpetuity. Sane societies use language to cure their issues idiots don’t. Since Oliver Cromwell (one of my favorite characters in history) Scotland was a very foundation of the Great British Kingdom. Foreign meddling into the British affairs had to be addressed first and the foremost.

            In my humble opinion it is not some kind of a diety that will send you up to heaven or down.. but your neighbors, friends who experienced you as a problem or the solution. British common law is a DNA of almost every just society so in my experience the universal language of peace is justice.. to understand each other’s “language” there has to be respect for law. Religion must not be above the law it has to be a major moral contributor to the understanding of the law. Unity is a visible force of sane society division is the ultimate malignancy of the insane society. The root cause of it must be traced and cured. Religion that creates division is nothing but a social disease and should be treated as such.

          • Kenneth Millstein

            I am trying to figure out how we went from a unfortunate mistake I made regarding the size of the British Royal Navy to an historical and religious reply. I really don’t have a proper reply but I will say that it has been a pleasure to communicate with a person of great education and you have my total respect. Please accept my best wishes for you, your family and friends. Good night!

          • R’ Yitzchak M

            It was my honor and pleasure. All the best to you and your family

          • Kenneth Millstein

            Thank you!

      • muzzleloader

        No one here is poking fun at the British Royal Navy. It is mainly a sad commentary on how the UK government has cut their Defence budget to the detriment of all branches of the service. The RN has endured withering reductions in spending to where it is a shadow of its former self. You mentioned the 1982 Falklands war and how the RN responded. The Senior service sent 23 destroyers and frigates, 6 submarines, 2 aircraft carriers and around 40 fleet auxiliaries into harms way.
        Today the RN has 6 destroyers and 13 frigates, and a total of 7 SSN’s. At least 2 warships are laid up simply for a lack of sailors to crew them. Others are in overhaul or extended yard periods, with the end result that only 6 surface combatents are available to sorty at a moments notice.
        Thankfully steps are being taken to reverse the decline, but it will take years to do so. It is not the fault of the Navy. Like the soldiers and sailors of any nation, they go into harms way with the kit they have.

        • Kenneth Millstein

          Thank you for the clarification. If your right and I think you are, I am the one who needs to read Jane’s. It is certainly a sad state of affairs for a Navy that once ruled the seven seas.

  • Centaurus

    Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran…Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran…Oooh….oooo…OOOH

  • RDF

    So finally after 100 years, the German high seas fleet outnumber the grand fleet? 10 frigates in commission vs 6 ? Scheer is smiling.

  • John B. Morgen

    The Navy needs to establish a naval and air base in the Ukraine, and NATO needs to accept Ukraine as a new member…..

    • Great but Trump said NATO is useless

      • John B. Morgen

        Great but the People have said that Trump is useless as a president.

  • R’ Yitzchak M

    Most wars started with “military excersizes” in the nuclear theatre you do want to provoke the first shot on navy as a trip-wire. It buys time and it would measures the response in the nuclear age sum of all critical assets to respond with “overwhelming” attack demands the very task force at hand as a logistical nerve center for targeting coordination and utility of intelligence at hand

    • David Flandry

      Care to give some examples?

  • HMS Duncan will stay there for around three months and it wont be a usual Royal Navy deployment

  • Benedict Chan

    too many leftist-tards getting triggered here