3 NATO Ships Docked in Burgas, Bulgaria

3 NATO vessels arrived at the harbor in Burgas, Bulgaria. They’ll leave on February 11.

The ships are under the command of Justin Hains of the Royal Navy. While Bulgarians news sources don’t specify, the fleet is probably MCM Group 2, a minesweeping flotilla that patrols the Black Sea. This arrival is part of the increasing NATO presence in the Eastern-European region due to the rising tensions between Russia and the West. The group will take part in military training procedures with the Bulgarian Navy.

Commander Hains will meet with Bulgarian officials, most notably the deputy mayor of finance in Burgas, Krasimir Stoichev. There’s also a planned ceremony of meeting other local authorities.

The presence of NATO in Bulgaria has become more noticeable in the past months. As part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, new US military units arrived in the Novo Selo base. The NATO forces are training for response to an attack from the East. The only possible threat from the region is Russia, a country who has raised many concerns and debates for the military safety of Europe after the Russian annexation of Crimea. 

Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for EUscoop.com

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