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Joint Black Sea Romanian-British-US combat exercises to be conducted May 12-15

More than 700 troops from Romania, the UK and the US will be conducting, May 12-15, complex combat training exercises in Romania’s territorial waters.

In a press statement released on Thursday, the Romanian Navy says the Regele Ferdinand frigate (photo), the Lt. Dimitrie Nicolescu and Lupu Dinescu minesweepers as well the USS Oscar Austin destroyer will train in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.

Also planned are air combat exercises, with two MIG21 LanceR airplanes of the Romanian Air Force and two British Typhoon fighters playing the enemies.

The exercises are said to be designed to increase training of crews manning the participating aircraft and also to consolidate interoperability among the NATO members states taking part in them as well as among various armies of the attending countries.

USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy carrying one Mk-45 5″/54 caliber lightweight gun, two Mk-41 VLS for Standard missiles and Tomahawk ASM/LAM, two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, two Mk-32 triple torpedo tubes for Mk-50 and Mk-46 torpedoes, two Mk 38 Mod 2 25mm machine gun systems.

She docked in the Constanta Port on Thursday for a one-day stopover. Her crew will be calling on the Fleet Command and other local public administration bodies.

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