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February 25, 2021

350 troops of six countries at ‘Platinum Eagle 16.1’ exercise in Smardan Shooting Range

Some 350 troops of six countries participate at the ‘Smardan’ Secondary Combat Training Centre in the southeastern county of Galati in the ‘Platinum Eagle 16.1’ training module with the Black Sea Rotational Force 16 (BSRF) exercise which will be held until May 16.

This training module is attended by troops from Bulgaria, Great Britain, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia and the United States of America. Romania is represented by 120 troops with the Land Forces belonging to the 300th Mechanized Infantry Battalion ‘Saint Andrew’.

The drill’s main target is the joint training of the participating subunits, in a unitary concept, to keeping the operational capacity and to increasing interoperability.

BSRF-16 is an annual exercise, headed by the U. S. Marine Forces Commander that are deployed in Europe and Africa, and is unfolded in the Black Sea area, in the Balkans and the region of Caucasus.

The exercise aims at boosting the interoperability level, by the joint training of the troops with a view to participate in peace-keeping operations and of counter-insurgence.

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