160 U.S. Marines Arrive in Bulgaria With Tanks and Artillery for Training With Allies

U.S. soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, "Cottonbalers", who are deployed in Latvia, take part in a training exercise with M1A2 "Abrams" tank in Adazi military base, Latvia, May 7, 2015. (REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)
U.S. soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, “Cottonbalers”, who are deployed in Latvia, take part in a training exercise with M1A2 “Abrams” tank in Adazi military base, Latvia, May 7, 2015. (REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

U.S. Marines accompanied by tanks, artillery, and light-armored reconnaissance vehicles have arrived in Bulgaria, part of a plan to train with allies to improve weapons skills and anti-armor tactics.

The U.S. Marine Corps Forces said Tuesday some 160 Marines accompanied the tanks and artillery, which is traveling to the Novo Selo Training Range, a major military base in eastern Bulgaria, as part of the Black Sea Rotational Force. They will stay initially for three six-month rotations. No further details were immediately available.

The Black Sea Rotational Force is a semi-annual rotation of Marines and sailors under the U.S. European Command. It is based at the Mihail Kogalniceanu base in Romania near the Black Sea port of Constanta.

SOURCE: AP

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