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 Sep 16 2020

Allied Air-Maritime Integration in Black Sea

RAMSTEIN, Germany - Following operations in the Adriatic Sea last week, U.S. Navy units and a NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft again conducted a joint maritime and air training mission in the Black Sea on September 15, 2020.

A NATO AWACS aircraft from the NATO base at Geilenkirchen provided surveillance for the air-maritime integration training flying in Romanian. The Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and a U.S. Navy P-8 Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft out of Sigonella, Italy conducted integration training in international waters of the Black Sea.

These opportunities strengthen our ability to operate as a joint force and demonstrate our ability to respond to threats, move throughout the European theatre, and protect our NATO Allies

The training mission was part of an ongoing integration of air and maritime units in the U.S. 6th Fleet. The ultimate goal is to refine joint air defence procedures and to enable freedom of navigation in all international air 

and water spaces. The NATO AWACS surveillance was another element showcasing coordinated operations of air and naval capabilities integrating platforms across multiple domains.

“Roosevelt is thrilled to work alongside NATO and our naval aviation teammates as we safely enter for operations in the Black Sea,” said Commander Ryan R. Kendall, commanding officer of Roosevelt. “Just a few days ago, on Sept. 11, we conducted a similar training event in the Adriatic Sea. These opportunities strengthen our ability to operate as a joint force and demonstrate our ability to respond to threats, move throughout the European theatre, and protect our NATO Allies and partners.” 

Roosevelt is one of four U.S. Navy destroyers based in Rota, Spain, and assigned to Commander, Task Force 65 in support of NATO’s Integrated Air and Missile Defence architecture. The Ballistic Missile Defence Operations Centre at Allied Air Command forms the central hub for this Alliance capability and coordinates the architecture and assets across Europe to protect populations, territory and forces against the full spectrum of missile threats.

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office based on input provided by U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

A NATO E-3A AWACS aircraft out of Geilenkirchen conducted a surveillance mission during the operations of the U.S. Navy ship and aircraft. Archive photo by Richard Longoria.
The Arleigh Burk class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt safely entered the international waters of the Black Sea and conducted integration training with a U.S. Navy P-8 Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft. Archive photo by Austin G Collins/U.S. Navy.
A U.S. Navy P-8 Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft taking off from its home base at Sigonella Naval Air Station. Archive photo by  Trinity Lersch/U.S. Navy.

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