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USS Porter Arrives in Odessa, Ukraine

July 8, 2018 at 10:14 AM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ford Williams

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, July 8, 2018, for a scheduled port visit.

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Strengthening alliances during the port visit to Odessa demonstrates the shared commitment we have to promote security and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability with our NATO allies and partners in the Black Sea.

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"This is a new port for most of the crew that we've really been looking

forward to. We are excited to enjoy the local sites and cuisine and learn more

about the history and culture of Odessa, Ukraine.”

Cmdr. Craig Trent, executive officer of USS Porter (DDG 78)

Quick Facts: 
While in Odessa, Porter is scheduled to participate in exercise Sea Breeze 2018.
Sea Breeze is an annual exercise held in the Black Sea which is co-hosted by Ukraine and the United States. The exercise will focus on a variety of warfare areas including maritime interdiction operations, air defense, anti-submarine warfare, damage control tactics, search and rescue and amphibious warfare.
USS Porter entered the Black Sea to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to the collective defense of our NATO allies and partners. 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.
The ship’s operations in the Black Sea are meant to enhance maritime security and stability, as well as the combined naval capability and capacity among our allies and partners.
USS 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.
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.