Morocco to take part at Sea Breeze 2021 naval exercises in Black Sea
The Moroccan navy will participate for the first time in the Sea Breeze 2021 naval exercise to be co-hosted by the US and Ukraine in the Black Sea from June 28 to July 10.
The confirmation was relayed by the US Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet Public Affairs in a statement after the end of the African Lion military games which involved land, naval and air forces in addition to counter-terrorism and humanitarian response exercises.
The US navy said Sea Breeze 2021 will focus on multiple warfare areas including amphibious warfare, land maneuver warfare, diving operations, maritime interdiction operations, air defense, special operations integration, anti-submarine warfare, and search and rescue operations.
Besides Morocco, the US and Ukraine, the drills will bring together other 30 countries from six continents. Some 5,000 troops, 32 ships, 40 aircraft, and 18 special operations and dive teams are scheduled to participate.
Beginning in 1997, Exercise Sea Breeze brings most Black Sea nations and NATO Allies and partners together to train and operate with NATO members in the pursuit of building increased capability.
The exercise provides the opportunity for personnel of participating nations to engage in realistic maritime training to build experience and teamwork and strengthen interoperability as they work toward mutual goals.