Porter’s port visit provided Sailors an opportunity to meet with naval counterparts in order to strengthen bonds and enhance partnerships. Along with a visit to the Romanian Fleet Headquarters and planning exercises Sea Shield 2017, Porter Sailors participated in a volleyball tournament hosted by the Romanian Naval Academy featuring sailors from the Turkish, Canadian, Bulgarian and Romanian navies.
While in the Black Sea, Porter is scheduled to participate 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.
The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and international law.
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.