21 Jul 2015 3 Comments
The Romanian led naval exercise Sea Shield 2015 has started on 20 July 2015.
The exercise will last till 24 July 2015 and is aimed at developing international cooperation in the defense area with similar structures of NATO member and partner states to strengthen and develop common procedures for battle.
Anti submarine warfare training is an important aspect of the exercise. The Turkish submarine S-347 TCG Atılay is acting as the hunter and the hunted. Turkey is the only NATO country that has operational submarines in the Black Sea. TCG Atılay is the first foreign submarine to visit Constanta in 7 years.
Of the other NATO countries Bulgaria has decommissioned its sole Romeo (Project 633) class BNS Slava in 2011 and terminated Bulgaria’s submarine force after 94 years. And Romania has one Kilo (Project 636) class submarine ROS Delfinul, which is in reserve status.
Standing NATO Maritime Group One is taking part in this exercise while SNMCMG-2 has left the Black Sea on 14 July 2015.
Ukrainian frigate Hetman Sahaidachny is also taking part in this exercise.
Below is the list of the participants to this exercise:
|F-334||NRP Francisco De Almeida||Frigate||Portugal|
|30||ROS Sub Lieutenant Alexandru Axente||Mine hunter||Romania|
|264||ROS Cam. Eustaţiu Sebastian||Corvette||Romania|
|265||ROS Cam. Horia Macellariu||Corvette||Romania|
|F-221||ROS Regele Ferdinand||Frigate||Romania|
|F-222||ROS Regina Maria||Frigate||Romania|