Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross began its north-bound transit of the Dardanelles Strait, earlier in the week.
The vessel is en route to the Black Sea to conduct maritime security operations and ‘enhance regional maritime stability, combined readiness and naval capability with NATO allies and partners in the region’, say the US Navy.
This is the fourth US ship to visit the Black Sea since the beginning of 2019. The last ship to visit the Black Sea was USS Donald Cook in February.
“Our allies in the Black Sea continue to play a key role in maintaining security in the European theater,” Cmdr. Dave Coles, commanding officer of Ross, said.
“The crew and I look forward to enhancing our interoperability in a dynamic environment as well as experiencing the rich history and culture in this region.”
The US Navy hope that ship’s operations in the Black Sea will strengthen interoperability with NATO allies and partners and demonstrate collective resolve to Black Sea security under Operation Atlantic Resolve.
The US Navy also say it routinely operates in the Black Sea consistent with international law, as well as with the Montreux Convention.