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NATO's largest naval training Sea Shield begins in Romania

NATO's largest naval training Sea Shield begins in Romania Illustrative photo (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Romania has launched the largest multinational exercise organized by the Romanian Navy Sea Shield, Radio Romania reports.

Over 2,200 servicemen and 135 ships, aircraft, and vehicles from 12 allied and partner countries are taking part in the exercise.

The opening ceremony took place today in the port of Constanta.

The 9th edition of the multinational Sea Shield exercise involves troops and equipment from Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, the United Kingdom, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, the United States and Romania.

The Sea Shield exercise focuses on training in all areas of warfare and aims to increase interoperability between participating forces.

"We have to work out operational procedures in the anti-submarine, surface and air environment, in the Black Sea, as well as in the river area of responsibility," says Vice Admiral Mihai Panait, Chief of Staff of the Romanian Navy.

NATO military exercises

In the first half of 2024, NATO is conducting a series of exercises codenamed Steadfast Defender-24. Poland will be one of the countries that will receive and deploy a significant number of allied soldiers and equipment on its territory.

From March 4 to 15, a large-scale military exercise of NATO countries called Nordic Response 24 took place in northern Finland, Sweden, and Norway. About 20,000 military personnel from 14 countries took part in the exercise.

At the end of February, NATO maritime exercises called Dynamic Manta took place on the coast of Sicily. The maneuvers provided a platform for testing and strengthening the Alliance's crisis response capabilities.