More than 25,000 service personnel from over 20 NATO Allies and partner nations are taking part in Saber Guardian 2017, the largest of 18 Black Sea region exercises this year. This US-led exercise is being held in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. It’s aimed at building readiness and improving interoperability.
In BorduÈ™ani, Romania, Romanian military personnel built a floating bridge across the Danube River, allowing Romanian and American vehicles and soldiers to cross over. The river crossing was complemented with a large-scale tactical demonstration, including a tank and ship assault against a simulated enemy providing cover for the crossing vehicles. The work involved 1,500 troops from the Romanian Navy, Air Force and Army, 100 Americans from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Cavalry Regiment and 300 vehicles.
Another part of the exercise took place at an airbase near Constanta, Romania. It involved multinational troops training in a mass casualty exercise. The medics came from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and the United States.