Two U.S. ships, around 800 troops and a team of Navy SEALs will participate in the 17th rendition of Sea Breeze, an annual maritime training exercise in the Black Sea.
Sea Breeze 2017 will bring together 17 navies from around the world to Odessa, Ukraine, and is expected to last 12 days.
The cruiser Hue City and the destroyer Carney will represent the Navy, and the ships arrived in Odessa Monday morning.
"It is critical that we continue to participate in multinational exercises such as these in order to strengthen our tactical and operational procedures when working with partner navies all around the world,” said Capt. Dan Gillen, Hue City's commanding officer.