Fourteen Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) personnel from Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic and Maritime Forces Atlantic participate in SEA BREEZE 2017 (SB17), a multi-national training event Odessa, Ukraine, led by the United States and Ukraine Navies.
The training ran from July 10 to July 21, SB17 trained participating Navies in maritime operations support, information sharing and awareness of the maritime domain. It also allowed for greater collaborative naval operations amongst maritime security parters in the Black Sea.
The RCN contingent included divers, support staff, and staff officers.
“SEA BREEZE 2017 highlights the Royal Canadian Navy’s commitment to security in the Black Sea. Canadian sailors and staff officers will work with a host of like-minded partners to enhance our collective skills in developing an accurate and shared picture of maritime activities in the region. These are advanced skills finely honed in the Canadian context amongst our federal maritime partners and hemispheric allies, and they are remarkably exportable to achieve higher levels of security in the international setting,” said RAdm. John Newton, Commander Joint Task Force Atlantic and Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic.
The exercise places an emphasis on anti-submarine warfare, infrastructure protection, amphibious operations, and cyberspace defense missions. Specifically, there will be a Maritime/Amphibious component that will train in conjunction with Ukrainian Law Enforcement Agencies (Coast Guard, National Guard, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and Security Service of Ukraine).
According to a Department of National Defence press release, these opportunities allow partner nations to demonstrate their readiness to respond to a range of security threats effectively at home and abroad.