Navy Aviation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine held PASSEX type joint training exercises with the U.S. Navy's USS Carney (DDG 64) destroyer in the Black Sea, the press center of Ukraine's Naval Command reports on its Facebook page.
It is noted that these exercises were aimed at practicing interaction in accordance with NATO standards and increasing the level of interoperability.
During the exercises, two Kamov’s Ka-27 helicopters of the Ukrainian Navy performed more than 10 landings on the deck of the U.S. warship in unstable weather conditions, carried out reconnaissance and surface surveillance.
"We have already been accustomed to practicing such joint elements. However every such chance certainly gives us a good opportunity to acquire additional knowledge and master interacting with our foreign counterparts by modern standards," said the Acting Deputy Commander for Combat Training of the Ukrainian Naval Forces, 2nd Rank Captain, Andriy Kurylenko.
On January 8, the U.S. Navy's USS Carney (DDG 64) destroyer visited the Odessa port. Its friendly visit ended on January 11.