Ukrainian Navy holds joint exercises with U.S. ships in Black Sea

Ukrainian Navy holds joint exercises with U.S. ships in Black Sea

The boats and naval aircraft of the Ukrainian Navy have conducted joint exercises with a U.S. guided-missile destroyer and an auxiliary ship in the Black Sea, the press service of the Ukrainian Navy's command has reported on Facebook.

"This is the first passing exercise (PASSEX) with U.S. ships this year. We are very excited to work with our American partners to maintain stability in the Black Sea. PASSEX is a great opportunity to improve skills, marine knowledge and exchange experiences between the crews of our ships. The Ukrainian Navy's constant participation in passing exercises contributes to increasing mutual compatibility and mastering the standards of the North Atlantic Alliance," the press service quoted Captain 1st Rank Yurii Fedash, the commander of the Ukrainian Navy's flotilla, as saying.

According to the report, elements of tactical maneuvering, coverage of the maritime situation in areas of intensive civil navigation, communication and air defense training, repulsing enemy strikes, etc. were practiced during the exercise in a designated area.

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