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Dueling NATO, Russia Naval Exercises On Black Sea

An American sailor monitors the Breeze 2014 exercises from the USS Vella Gulf. (photo: U.S. Navy)

Competing Black Sea naval exercises by NATO and Russia have again raised tensions in the region as the once sleepy sea has become a venue for geopolitical competition.

Russia's exercise started July 4 and involves 20 ships and 20 aircraft. Its scenario was the "destruction of enemy ships in the sea and organization of air defense of naval groups and coastal infrastructure."

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Dueling NATO, Russia Naval Exercises On Black Sea

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