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Destroyer USS Porter To Enter The Black Sea

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USS Porter to Enter Black Sea

AEGEAN SEA – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) is scheduled to enter the Black Sea, July 5, 2015, to promote peace and stability in the region.

Porter’s presence in the Black Sea will serve to reaffirm the U.S. dedication and commitment toward strengthening the partnerships and joint operational capabilities amongst U.S., NATO and regional Black Sea partners.

FILE PHOTO | 150408-N-UY653-199 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 8, 2015) The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) is currently transiting to her new homeport of Rota, Spain. En route, Porter will first head to Scotland to participate in Joint Warrior, a United Kingdom-led semi-annual multinational cooperative training exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ryan U. Kledzik/Released)


“This is a dynamic environment and the continued engagement from U.S. Navy ships operating in the Black Sea not only strengthens relationships with our allies but also contributes to the overall stability in the region.”

-Cmdr. Blair Guy, USS Porter commanding officer 

Quick Facts:

  • The U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and International Law.
  • Porter entered the Black Sea in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The United States continues to demonstrate its commitment to the collective security of our NATO allies and support for our partners in Europe, in light of the ongoing Russian intervention in Ukraine. All DoD efforts in support of our NATO allies in Eastern Europe fall under the umbrella of Atlantic Resolve.
  • The U.S. has taken action, both bilaterally and through NATO, to demonstrate solidarity with our NATO allies and reassure them of our solemn commitment to their security and territorial integrity.
  • The U.S. remains committed to maintaining a persistent presence in Eastern Europe. We look forward to further commitments by our allies to ensure a coordinated and continuous land, air and sea presence in the region as part of the commitments made at the NATO Summit.
  • USS Porter (DDG 78), forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and stability in the Black Sea region.
  • U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa


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