Video by Staff Sgt. Christopher Stewart
Maritime Operations Over the Black Sea
12th Combat Aviation Brigade
May 10, 2021 | 3:14
Aircrews from the 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, part of 12th CAB, are flying training missions over the Black Sea as the final step in their certification for maritime operations, during exercise Swift Response 21, part of DEFENDER-Europe 21, between May 4th and 16th.

DEFENDER-Europe 21 is a large-scale U.S. Army-led exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between the U.S., NATO allies and partner militaries. This year, more than 28,000 multinational forces from 26 nations will conduct nearly simultaneous operations across more than 30 training areas in over a dozen countries from the Baltics to the strategically important Balkans and Black Sea Region. Follow the latest news and information about DEFENDER-Europe 21, visit

(U.S. Army video by Staff Sgt. Christopher Stewart)