USEUCOM participates in more than 30 Partnership for Peace exercises in Europe annually. A significant number of the exercises practice bi-lateral or multinational disaster relief operations. Partnership for Peace exercises increase cooperation and interoperability between the U.S. and partner nations' forces and better prepare them to respond to potential international crises.
U.S. and Albanian Armed Forces conducted a humanitarian search and rescue exercise in the vicinity of Durres, Albania, from July 17 to 21, 1995. Called Rescue Eagle, this was the third exercise to be conducted between the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps team and Albanian forces. The USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), third ship in the U.S. Navy's newest and most advanced class of multipurpose amphibious assault ships, USS Nashville (LPD 13), along with more than 1,700 embarked U.S. Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), participated in the combined rescue exercise conducted in the spirit of Partnership for Peace.
USEUCOM units participate in Rescue Eagle 98, a maritime and amphibious humanitarian relief exercise conducted in the spirit of Partnership for Peace, Nov. 5-11, 1998. Hosted by the Romanian Navy, the bi-lateral exercise took place in the Black Sea, near Constanta, the Mountain Warfare Training Area at Predeal, and the Babadag Field Training Area. Rescue Eagle 98 was designed to improve cooperation and interoperability between U.S. and Romanian military units by exercising live humanitarian relief operations, including a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation. It also promoted a common understanding of each nation's humanitarian assistance doctrine and peacekeeping maritime operations. Rescue Eagle 98 was a previously scheduled exercise not related to current events.
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