Vella Gulf Sailors Breaking Ice Off Of The Ship

BLACK SEA (Jan. 31, 2012) Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) use sledge hammers to break ice off of the ship. Vella Gulf, is conducting theater security cooperation efforts and maritime security operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Glunt.

Traditional Georgian Dance

BATUMI, Georgia (Oct. 17, 2011) Local Batumi children perform a traditional Georgian dance for the crew of the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58). Philippine Sea is on a deployment in the Black Sea and serves to promote peace and security in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary Prill.

Multinational Navies Partner During Sea Breeze 2011

BLACK SEA (June 15, 2011) Capt. James Kilby, commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), speaks with Ukrainian officers about upcoming events during exercise Sea Breeze 2011. Air, land and naval forces from Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Macedonia, Moldova, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States are participating in Sea Breeze, the largest multinational maritime exercise this year in the Black Sea, June 6-18, and is co-hosted by the Ukrainian navy and U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caitlin Conroy/Released)

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Black Sea Instruction Watch

BLACK SEA (June 5, 2011) Lt. Mary Lowell stands an instruction watch as the tactical action officer in the combat information center aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61). Monterey is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Viramontes/Released)

Sea Breeze 2010

ODESSA, Ukraine (July 21, 2010) Ships from participating nations are underway in formation during exercise Sea Breeze 2010. Sea Breeze is the largest exercise this year in the Black Sea. The event included 20 ships, 13 aircraft and more than 1,600 military members from Azerbaijan, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Moldova, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristopher Regan/Released)

Storming Black Sea Beaches

TENDRA, Ukraine — Ukrainian marine 1st and 2nd divisions, from Shiroky Lan Air Field, stormed the beaches of Tenrda island from amphibious assault ships and helicopters to simulate landing on an island over run by pirates during exercise Sea Breeze 2010 July 15. Sea Breeze is an invitational combined and joint maritime exercise in the Black Sea with the goals of enhancing Black Sea nation maritime security capabilities and improving Black Sea theater security cooperation strategies. Sea Breeze is the largest exercise this year in the Black Sea including 20 ships, 13 aircraft and more than 1,600 military members from Azerbaijan, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Moldova, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and United States. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristopher Regan)

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