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Two Romanian military ships to participate in NATO Breeze 2014 multinational drill

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The Alexandru Axente sweeper and Regina Maria frigate, with one helicopter on board will participate in NATO Breeze 2014 multinational drill, taking place in the Black Sea, in Bulgaria's territorial waters and in international waters, informs the Romanian Navy Staff website. The sweeper's participation is scheduled for the period July 4-12 and that of the frigate, from July 8 to July 12.

The Regina Maria frigate, with one helicopter on board, will have a crew made up of 225 sailors and the sweeper will participated in the drill with a 75 people crew. The participation of the Alexandru Axente sweeper in NATO Breeze 2014 multinational drill is aimed at its being assessed by the NATO partners, for putting the ship at the disposal of the Alliance force package, in the period 2015-2018, according to the commitments Romania signed. Four Navy Staff officers will be present in the drill on behalf of the Romanian Naval Forces.

For one week, militaries of Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Turkey, Romania and SNMCMG2 (Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2) will carry out life search and rescue drills on sea, castaway recouping, commercial ship traffic monitoring exercises, reaction exercises upon receiving an asymmetric threat warning, mine countermeasure drills, anti-submarine fight drills, as well as artillery fire drills with the weapons on board.

Four NATO warships entered the Black Sea waters on Thursday to participate in joint military manoeuvres with the naval forces of Romania and Bulgaria, the North-Atlantic Alliance announced in a release quoted by US portal RTT News.

NATO points out it is about 'a routine drill meant to increase solidarity among the Alliance members and the operational capacity in the region.'

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