More than 1,700 Romanian and foreign military take part for ten days to one of the largest multinational drills in Dobrogea and the international waters of the Black Sea, Spring Storm 18, organised by the Romanian Navy Forces.
According to the Romanian Naval Forces, Spring Storm 18 takes place during March 5-15, and is based on the concept of joint training of the naval air and terrestrial forces, with stress laid on allied amphibious operations, fight seafaring sequences against marine mines in an area of onshore landing.
The Naval Forces General Staff informs that on the Romanian forces takes part the ‘Regele Ferdinand’ frigate, the ‘Viceamiral Eugeniu Rosca’ corvette, missile carrier ‘Pescăruşul’, ‘Lascăr Catargiu’ monitoring ship, the ‘Opanez’ armoured ship, the ship for divers ‘Grigore Antipa’, the hydro-graphic ship ‘Alexandru Catuneanu’, a marine infantry company, a battalion of fighting divers, the ‘Viteazul’ maritime tug and two port tugs.
Also take part: two Mig-21 Lancer aircraft, an IAR-330 helicopter, a Spartan C-27J aircraft. The land forces take part to the drill with an infantry platoon from the 9th Mechanised Brigade and the Coast Guard is represented by a patrol ship.
Within the allied drill, the Romanian military forces will cooperate with partners from Bulgaria, France, Georgia, United States and Ukraine.
The United States participates with the landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51), a Marine Infantry Company and the USNS Carson City Support ship, France is represented by the frigate “Jean Bart” (D-615) and Georgia, Bulgaria and Ukraine participate with general staff officers and a team specialized in the fight against explosive devices.
“The Spring Storm 18 multinational exercise is planned, organized and led by the Naval Operational Component subordinated to the Naval Forces General Staff and falls within the scope of NATO’s immediate security plan adopted by the Warsaw Alliance Summit in 2016,” the source informs.