NATO's Breeze 2014 Naval Drills Kick Off in Black Sea

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Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the US are due to take part in NATO's Breeze 2014 naval drills beginning on July 4, Bulgaria's Defense Ministry has announced.

The nine-day-long military exercise is to be held in the Western section of the sea and are aimed at improving the tactical compatibility and collaboration among naval forces of the alliance's member states.

Apart from ships provided by the Balkan countries and the US, the Pentagon has also deployed a patrol warplane.

NATO's website also reports that Italian navy frigates, the ITS AVIERE and the ITS RIMINI, have entered the Black Sea to participate.

Bulgaria's port city of Burgas has peen picked to host the staff of the drills.

While Breeze 2014 is taking place, the staff of the Bulgarian Naval Forces will be certified for conformity of the level of planning independent operations to NATO criteria, according to the website, specialized in defense issues.

The exercise, which ends July 13, starts amid stepped-up presence of alliance forces in the Black Sea over the Ukraine crisis and Russia's decision to incorporate the Crimean peninsula in March this year.

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EDC - 21 Jul 2014 // 08:20:37

Bulgaria has on the coast a very desirable area for military use ,the problem arises who they permit to use it ?
BALCHIK already has the airfield needed and the close by sea port that could be expanded to accommodate almost any vessel .
Part of the contract which would have to be for a long term period and include the cost of any work required to be paid by the country leasing it ,ie building a purpose built Black sea NAVAL BASE,
That would bring in millions of EURO/DOLLARS/ROUBLES /POUNDS /
IT would generate employment in the region without damaging the Tourist areas north or south of the town.
Perhaps a joint NATO venture to cover and spread the costs giving a permanent AIR and NAVAL presence in the BLack sea.
PROBLEM ? Allow RUSSIA to do it you upset USA/Europe.
Allow USA/NATO/Europe you upset RUSSIA.

Answer Offer it to CHINA .

EDC - 21 Jul 2014 // 07:47:34

Can you CLARIFY (PATROL PLANE) Or was it simply another USA aircraft taking PHOTOGRAPHS of the area gathering information .

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