site.btaCommander of NATO's Allied Maritime Command Blount: NATO Does Not Intend to Stay Out of the Black Sea for Long
NATO does not intend to stay out of the Black Sea for long, said Vice Admiral Keith Blount, Commander of the NATO's Allied Maritime Command, during a visit to Varna on Tuesday. He was greeted with an official military ceremony in front of the Bulgarian Navy Headquarters by the Commander of the Bulgarian Navy, Rear Admiral Kiril Mihailov.
During Vice Admiral Blount's visit, the talks will focus on security in the Black Sea, Mihailov explained. The two will visit the Maritime Coordination Centre in Varna and discuss how to ensure better coordination between all NATO members in the Black Sea.
"Solidarity is important in these difficult times, and I want to assure you that NATO remains committed to the Black Sea and the region," added Vice Admiral Blount. He said that coordination in the water area is very important and the Bulgarian Navy, which is very capable, plays a big role in achieving it.
Blount said he could not share the Alliance's operational plans, but assured that NATO did not plan to stay out of the Black Sea for long. He expressed satisfaction with the capabilities of the Navy of Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.
Blount added that the revision of NATO's plans is done daily, according to the situation. "We have submarines, ships and planes at our disposal and we adapt their program and maneuvering scheme on a daily basis," Blount said.
Vice Admiral Keith Edward Blount is on an official visit to Bulgaria until May 11.