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USS Porter Departs Odessa, Ukraine

July 19, 2018 at 10:04 AM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ford Williams

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Odessa, Ukraine, July 18, 2018, after a scheduled port visit following the ship’s participation in exercise Sea Breeze 2018.

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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.

While Porter was in Odessa, the ship participated in exercise Sea Breeze 2018. Sea Breeze is an annual multinational maritime exercise, with land, air and amphibious components, and is co-hosted by the United States and Ukraine to enhance interoperability and capabilities among participating forces.

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"Visiting Odessa was a first for me and many of the Sailors aboard Porter, and the city was memorable and relaxing. Odessa was a welcome host and is filled with a diverse culture. Exercise Sea Breeze 2018 brought together sea and land components but also gave us a chance to interact face-to-face during the sports day and forge lines of cooperation and communication with the Ukrainian and participating nations. We thank Ukraine for the experience! ”

CMDCM Abel Griego, command master chief, USS Porter (DDG 78)

Quick Facts: 
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. 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, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
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