Joint training between US and Bulgarian special operations forces begins

A joint training exercise between Bulgarian special military units and a formation from the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) will take place from May 25 to June 26 near Plovdiv and Varna, Bulgarian National Radio said on May 26 2010.

The training exercise is part of the Joint Bulgarian-American training plan for 2010. Apart from tactical combat manoeuvres, the solders will also train in sea navigation and actions against pirates, the report said.

The USSOCOM is the Unified Combatant Command entrusted with overseeing the various special operations commands (SOC or SOCOM) within the US Army, Air Force, US Navy and Marine Corps.

This amalgamation of special forces units conducts a range of covert and clandestine missions, such as unconventional warfare, foreign internal defence, special reconnaissance, psychological operations, civil affairs, direct action and counter-terrorism, as well as war on drugs operations.

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