Black Sea Naval Co-operation Task Group, BLACKSEAFOR, warships dropped thier anchors in Novorossiysk harbour in Russia on Friday after 4-day military exercise off Black Sea which started from Ukraine's Sevastopol coastal city.
A Turkish warship, TGC Turgut Reis also joined the exercise.
The warships of BLACKSEAFOR left Sevastopol harbour on Tuesday and reached Novorossiysk harbour on Friday.
BLACKSEAFOR was shaped in early 2001 under the leadership of Turkey, with the participation of all other Black Sea littoral states, namely Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia and Georgia. The BLACKSEAFOR founding agreement was signed in Istanbul on April 2, 2001.
The original purpose of BLACKSEAFOR was to cooperatively promote security and stability in the Black Sea maritime area and beyond, strengthen friendship and good neighborly relations among the regional states.
Soft security efforts and military activities, in addition to political dialogue, are being pursued in this framework. Search and rescue operations, environmental protection, and mine-clearing were among the initial activities of BLACKSEAFOR.
BLACKSEAFOR is an on-call force and currently has no permanent headquarters. It is activated twice yearly and the command structure is based on the principle of rotation. Each littoral assumes leadership for a one-year period.
According to the BLACKSEAFOR agreement, two scheduled activities take place each year. Unscheduled activities also take place if participation of four ships is achieved.
Decisions are taken by consensus.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 23 Ağustos 2013, 14:13