Roughly 450 U.S. and Romanian troops kicked off their Dacian Viper 2014 joint military exercise in Northwestern Romania on Thursday. According to Army Times, the week-long drills will teach Romanian pilots how to fly F-16s.

“The purpose of the exercise is to train in techniques and practices used by NATO armies. The final objective is to raise the level of training for the young pilots,” said Wing Commander Adrian Motorga of the 711 Fighter Squadron.

Four F-16s and one Romanian Mig-21 Lancer took off from Campia Tarzii military base in Romania, 300 kilometers (190 miles) northwest of Bucharest. It is the fourth such military exercise between the two countries, and it was planned before Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in March.

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