Porter entered the Black Sea Feb. 2, 2017, to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to the collective security of its NATO Allies as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
USS Porter (DDG 78) participated in exercise Sea Shield 2017. Sea Shield is an annual Romanian-led multinational exercise in the Black Sea to improve interoperability and proficiency of participating units.
Porter also conducted a port visit in Constanta, Romania 3-8 Feb. 2017. Senior leadership participated in the in-port planning phase of Sea Shield 2017 while crewmembers played in a volleyball tournament hosted by the Romanian Naval Academy.
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.