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USS James E. Williams Exits the Black Sea
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) exited the Black Sea, Dec. 9, 2017 .
While in the Black Sea, James E. Williams pulled in to Odessa, Ukraine, Nov. 29, for a scheduled port visit. Sailors were given time to take liberty and enjoy the city of Odessa.
“I had a really fun time in Odessa,” said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Meaghan Moore, from Baltimore. “There was a lot to do and it was great to have an opportunity to see a culture that not many people get to experience.”
Following the ship’s departure from Odessa, the James E. Williams conducted at-sea training with the Ukrainian navy to increase interoperability and enhance our combined capability and capacity. Additionally, the ship received fuel from the Turkish oiler TCG YB Kurdret Gungor before departing the Black Sea.
“James E. Williams’ presence in the Black Sea demonstrates the United States' commitment to enhancing maritime security and stability, readiness, and naval capability."
Cmdr. Allen Siegrist, commanding officer of James E. Williams.