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USS Porter Commences at-sea Portion of Exercise Sea Shield 2017

February 8, 2017 at 3:54 PM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams

BLACK SEA – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) began the at-sea portion of exercise Sea Shield 2017, Feb. 8 in the Black Sea. Sea Shield is an annual Romania-led multinational exercise in the Black Sea designed to improve interoperability and combat proficiency of participating units.

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The U.S. participation in this exercise demonstrates our commitment to deploying leading technology and combat capability in support of our allies and partners and collective defense of the Black Sea region.

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“We’ve already strengthened our interoperability through the in-port planning phase of Sea Shield 2017, and Porter in particular is looking forward to the operational phase at sea. Advanced exercises like Sea Shield provide us with an opportunity to work across all warfare areas, ultimately improving out combined readiness and naval capability with our Black Sea allies and partners.”

Cmdr. Andria Slough, commanding officer, USS Porter (DDG 78)

Quick Facts: 
The exercise is taking place in the Black Sea, in the vicinity of Constanta, Romania, Feb. 1-10, 2017.
Participating units from the U.S. are guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) as well as one P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron 45, both currently operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
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. The ship deployed from Naval Station Rota Nov. 30, 2016.
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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