U.S. Navy’s USS Porter destroyer departs Black Sea

U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Porter (DDG-78) departed the Black Sea on Sept. 1, after conducting maritime security operations and theater security engagements with allies and partners.

USS Porter’s operations in the Black Sea demonstrated the U.S. commitment to collective security with NATO allies and partners in the region.

“Our time in the Black Sea provided the opportunity to continue working closely with NATO allies and partners. We’re building strong relationships here, which are crucial to peace and stability in the region. Our presence here bolsters confidence and reassures allies of our commitment to security in the Black Sea”, said Cmdr. John Tobin, the Commanding Officer of USS Porter.

USS Porter entered the Black Sea on August 18 to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to the collective security of its NATO allies and partners as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. While operating in the Black Sea, USS Porter conducted a port visit in Constanta, Romania, Aug. 22. Cmdr. John Tobin met with Rear Adm. Daniel Capatina, Romanian Fleet Admiral.

The ship’s operations in the Black Sea are meant to enhance maritime security and stability, readiness, and naval capability and capacity with our allies and partners. The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and in accordance with international law.

USS Porter, while forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, was on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations 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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