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USS Porter Arrives in the Black Sea

July 6, 2018 at 4:52 PM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ford Williams

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) entered the Black Sea July 6, 2018, to conduct maritime security operations and enhance regional maritime stability, as well as strengthen combined readiness and naval capability among NATO allies and partners.


While in the Black Sea, Porter is scheduled to participate in exercise Sea Breeze 2018. Sea Breeze, as well as our operations in the Black Sea, is meant to enhance our combined capability and interoperability with our NATO allies and partners.


"Porter is very excited to be back in the Black Sea and working with our maritime partners during Exercise Sea Breeze. The exercise always provides great training for the crews involved and builds lasting relationships for many years.”

Cmdr. John V. Tobin, commanding officer of Porter



Quick Facts: 
All Department of Defense efforts in support of our NATO allies in Eastern Europe fall under Operation Atlantic Resolve.
The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and international law.
Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. The ship deployed from Naval Station Rota April 2, 2018.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
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