Russia, U.S. Participate in Separate War Games on the Black Sea

Russian-Belarussian War Games 2013 / AP

Russian-Belarussian War Games 2013 / AP

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The Russian and U.S. navies both participated in separate war games simultaneously in the Black Sea on Monday.

The U.S. Vella Gulf cruiser joined Bulgaria’s war games along with Italian, Greek, and Turkish forces. Meanwhile, Russia launched 20 ships and SU-24 fighters from its Crimea-based Black Sea fleet for its own military exercises on Monday.

The Navy Times reports:

Russia Times reported that the ships launched five anti-ship cruise missiles during the exercise, an included marines and coastal defense systems.

The Russian embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the scheduling of the Russian exercises were intended to be simultaneous to the Breeze exercise.

This is the Vella Gulf’s second trip into the Black Sea, and it follows the destroyers Donald Cook and Truxtun, as well as the frigate Taylor. The cruiser last entered the Black Sea in May.