U.S. and Ukrainian Marines launched coordinated amphibious assault from a Turkish ship against a beachhead, on July 20, during Exercise Sea Breeze in Mykolaivka, Ukraine.
The partnered Marine forces assaulted the beach in two different waves with firepower from a land force to support the attack. The coordinated attack demonstrated a high-level of military interoperability among Allies and partners.
«It’s a great opportunity for U.S. Marines to train with and execute an amphibious landing with our Allies and partners», said Captain Kevin Murphy, commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion, 23rdMarine Regiment, based out of Nashville, Tennessee. «The cooperation and support received from Turkey and Ukraine has been superb».
Sea Breeze 2017 is an annual, multinational exercise that focuses on maritime interdiction operations, air defense, anti-submarine warfare, damage control tactics, search and rescue, and amphibious warfare. Sea Breeze is currently in its 17th iteration and is co-hosted by the U.S. and Ukraine, with the participation of 16 Allied and partner countries.
This year’s participating nations include: Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.
U.S. European Command is one of the United States’ two forward-deployed Geographic Combatant Commands whose area of focus cover almost one-fifth of the planet, including all of Europe, large portions of Asia, parts of the Middle East and the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. The command is responsible for military relations with NATO and 51 countries with a total population of close to a billion people.