First BLACKSEAFOR exercices begin in Turkish port
The first activation of the Black Sea Naval Cooperation Task Group (BLACKSEAFOR) in 2010 began in the Turkish northern port town of Eregli on Friday.
Frigates from Turkey, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania and the Russian Federation anchored at the Black Sea Regional Command's port in Eregli.
The first activation of BLACKSEAFOR in 2010 will last on April 27.
Bulgarian Naval Forces will command the first activation.
After staying four days at the Eregli port, the frigates will visit Bulgarian port of Varna and Romanian port of Constanza.
The frigates will perform air defense, and maritime war exercises.
The April activation of BLACKSEAFOR will take place in five stages, including 13 days at Turkish port of Eregli, Bulgarian port of Varna and Constanza port of Romania, and six days on sail.
Bulgaria will hand over the command to Romania in August.
Turkey, Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russian Federation and Ukraine set up the BLACKSEAFOR in 2001 to ensure peace and stability in the Black Sea, boost regional cooperation and good neighborly relations.