USS Porter entered the Black Sea to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to the collective defense of our NATO allies and Black Sea partners. All DoD efforts in support of our NATO allies in Eastern Europe fall under Operation Atlantic Resolve.
The ship’s operations in the Black Sea are meant to enhance maritime security and stability, and combined readiness and naval capability with our Black Sea allies and partners.
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 on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and stability in the Black Sea region.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with joint, allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.