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Romanian sailors secure the Turkish frigate TCG Giresun as it arrives at the port of Constanta, Romania, Saturday. More than 25 ships from various nations arrived over the weekend to prepare for the NATO exercise Cooperative Mako ´06.

Romanian sailors secure the Turkish frigate TCG Giresun as it arrives at the port of Constanta, Romania, Saturday. More than 25 ships from various nations arrived over the weekend to prepare for the NATO exercise Cooperative Mako ´06. (Courtesy of NATO)

Romanian sailors secure the Turkish frigate TCG Giresun as it arrives at the port of Constanta, Romania, Saturday. More than 25 ships from various nations arrived over the weekend to prepare for the NATO exercise Cooperative Mako ´06.

Romanian sailors secure the Turkish frigate TCG Giresun as it arrives at the port of Constanta, Romania, Saturday. More than 25 ships from various nations arrived over the weekend to prepare for the NATO exercise Cooperative Mako ´06. (Courtesy of NATO)

Turkish sailors secure their frigate “Giresun” as it arrives at the port of Constanta Saturday.

Turkish sailors secure their frigate “Giresun” as it arrives at the port of Constanta Saturday. (Courtesy of NATO)

More than 30 ships and aircraft carrying more than 2,000 military and civilian personnel are taking part in the NATO exercise Cooperative Mako 06, which kicked off in the Black Sea on June 19 and runs through June 30.

The Naples, Italy-based Allied Joint Force Command is coordinating the exercise, which is being run near Constanta, Romania.

In addition to forces from nine NATO countries, Cooperative Mako also includes military forces from Israel, Algeria, Albania, Azerbaijan, Croatia and Georgia.

Observers from the United Arab Emirates also are taking part, as are teams from the United Nations and Red Cross.

Cooperative Mako, according to an AJFC news release, is designed to ensure that NATO and other partner nations are trained to conduct joint missions, if necessary.

The U.N. and Red Cross teams will work with the forces to practice civil-military cooperation in refugee control and disaster relief.

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