SOFIA (BGM) – U.S. Army Europe is conducting and/or participating in a series of exercises in May and June 2019 in the Black Sea and Balkan regions, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Each exercise is a separate entity, but many utilize a common scenario focused on furthering partner capacity while improving interoperability and readiness.
Bulgarian national exercises with an international participation are Strike Back 2019 and Shabla 2019:
Strike Back 2019 is a Bulgarian national exercise taking place from June 6 – 20, at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria.
Hosted by Bulgarian Armed Forces, Strike Back 2019 is a multinational exercise including participation of Albania, Greece, North Macedonia and U.S. troops. The exercise is designed to increase capabilities and interoperability with allies and partners. The highlight of Strike Back 2019 is a battalion live fire exercise with artillery and mortar fires.
Shabla 2019 is a Bulgarian national exercise taking place from June 4-14 in Shabla, Bulgaria. Hosted by Bulgarian Armed Forces, Shabla 2019 includes the participation of the Bulgarian Air Force, Navy and Land Forces, and U.S. Army Europe’s 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command. This bilateral, joint air defense live fire exercise is designed to improve readiness and interoperability in order to protect national air sovereignty. Highlights of Shabla 2019 include a series of live fires featuring several different types of missiles and missile firing systems.
Several key events follow next month:
• 7 June 2019 – Strike Back Opening ceremony at Novo Selo Training Area;
• 13 June 2019 – Shabla Distinguished Visitor and Media Day at Training Base Shabla;
• 19 June2019 – Strike Back Distinguished Visitor and Media Day at Novo Selo Training Area.
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Source: Bulgarian MoD