NATO Holds Air Defence Exercise (ADEX) in Black Sea to Improve Alliance Cooperation
NATO Holds Air Defence Exercise (ADEX) in Black Sea to Improve Alliance Cooperation

NATO Holds Air Defence Exercise (ADEX) in Black Sea to Improve Alliance Cooperation

On July 2, NATO Air and Maritime forces conducted an Air Defence Exercise (ADEX) in the Black Sea to improve Alliance cooperation, practise air-maritime communications and build stronger relationships between Allies. Participation included Allied fighter assets from the Greek, Romanian and Turkish air forces, a NATO AWACS, a Romanian C-27 transport aircraft, a Turkish Military Patrol Aircraft and three Allied frigates from the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) – Italian Navy flagship Fasan, the Romanian Navy Regina Maria and the Turkish Navy Barbaros.

Initially, Turkish Air Force F-16 fighters conducted ADEX maneouvres with the NATO ships. Archive picture by Turkish Air Force.
Initially, Turkish Air Force F-16 fighters conducted ADEX maneouvres with the NATO ships. Archive picture by Turkish Air Force.

“Overall the air-maritime integration training demonstrates NATO’s capabilities, readiness and resolve to protect Allied populations; with our ships and aircraft peacefully operating off the Romanian coast we also assure the Allies in the region,” said Allied Air Command Deputy Chief of Staff Brigadier General Andrew Hansen. “Our jets are unarmed to enable maximum training benefit and allowing for interoperability among the four Allies’ fighters,” he added.

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A NATO AWACS aircraft  from Geilenkirchen, Germany, supported the training activity by providing airborne control of the fighter activity. Photo by Bogdan Pantilimon.
A NATO AWACS aircraft from Geilenkirchen, Germany, supported the training activity by providing airborne control of the fighter activity. Photo by Bogdan Pantilimon.

This exercise shows how Allies use unique opportunities to train multiple Allied forces in a multi-domain environment. By exercising in international waters and airspace just off the Romanian coast, NATO is able to further develop our operational tactics and refine airspace coordination with our Black Sea Allies. Allied Air Command experts in cooperation with the Combined Air Operations Centre at Torrejón, Allied Maritime Command and the participating nations planned the event over a number of weeks.

 Two Hellenic Air Force F-16 fighters viewed from the C-27 during the training on July 2. Photo Crown Copyright.
Two Hellenic Air Force F-16 fighters viewed from the C-27 during the training on July 2. Photo Crown Copyright.

SNMG 2 forces are transiting across the Black Sea and will take part in Exercise Sea Breeze 2021 after the Air Defence Exercise (ADEX). NATO Allies frequently integrate Allied Air and Maritime assets to improve interoperability, build trust and enhance readiness in the Black Sea region during combined joint training events. The activities on July 2 underlined the Allies’ commitment to collective defence and to maintain peace and preserve security in this region both at sea and in the air.

A Romanian Air Force C-27 transport aircraft took off from Otopeni Air Base near Bucharest with media on board to see the fighter aircraft involved in the ADEX. Photo by Brett Dodge
A Romanian Air Force C-27 transport aircraft took off from Otopeni Air Base near Bucharest with media on board to see the fighter aircraft involved in the ADEX. Photo by Brett Dodge
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