Romania to participate in multinational exercise in Black Sea

Romania will participate from Feb. 1 to 10 in the multinational military exercise Sea Shield 17, in the Black Sea, together with other seven countries, the Romanian Naval Forces (SMFN) announced Monday, according to Xinhua.

Some 2,800 troops from seven NATO member states – Bulgaria, Canada, Greece, Romania, Spain, the United States and Turkey – plus Ukraine, will take part in the exercise, the SMFN said in a statement.

NATO standard procedures of battle against air, underwater and terrestrial threats will be tested in the exercise, which will take place in the eastern area of the Black Sea, with 11 surface vessels and four aircrafts from Romania, as well as a submarine, five military ships and six aircraft from foreign partners.

The exercise is the first for the Romanian Naval Forces in 2017 and until the end of this year, the country’s marines will be involved in some 50 drills, according to an activity plan of the SMFN.