Two U.S. Navy ships are among the naval forces in the Black Sea this week to participate in an international military exercise co-hosted by the U.S. and Ukraine.
This post has been updated to include additional information from the Navy.
THE PENTAGON — The annual Baltic Operations exercise is underway for the 46th time, continuing last year’s priorities of increasing the integration of aircraft and ships and boosting the difficulty of the free-play phase that concludes the exercise. Read More
A Russian Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker conducted a safe but unprofessional intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, according to several press reports. Read More
The Eastern Mediterranean is becoming “one of the most kinetic areas in the world,” as the U.S., NATO, Russia and China operate more and more in the crowded region, the Navy’s top officer in Europe said on Tuesday. Read More
The Navy released additional video footage of a fully armed Russian Su-27 fighter intercepting a U.S. Navy EP-3E Aries II surveillance aircraft over the Black Sea on Jan. 29, 2017. The new footage clearly shows the armed fighter came within five feet of the Aries II during the encounter. Read More
The U.S. Navy released footage from a Monday intercept of an EP-3E Aries II surveillance aircraft over the Black Sea. Read More
THE PENTAGON — A U.S. Navy EP-3E Aries II surveillance aircraft was intercepted at close range by a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter over the Black Sea on Monday.
U.S. Navy Adm. James Foggo is now in command of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa. Read More
The United States and NATO partners are wrapping up a three-and-a-half week ballistic missile defense exercise, which included a massive collective self-defense scenario on Sunday. Read More
ABOARD AMPHIBIOUS WARSHIP USS ARLINGTON — BALTOPS 2017, now in its 45th year as an annual naval exercise, took place during the first two weeks of June in a Baltic Sea region that continues to be tense with Russia’s continued assertiveness, which became apparent with the violent annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. Read More