By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Colbey Livingston
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) exited the Black Sea, Dec. 9, 2017 .
While in the Black Sea, James E. Williams pulled in to Odessa, Ukraine, Nov. 29, for a scheduled port visit. Sailors were given time to take liberty and enjoy the city of Odessa.
“I had a really fun time in Odessa,” said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Meaghan Moore, from Baltimore. “There was a lot to do and it was great to have an opportunity to see a culture that not many people get to experience.”
Following the ship’s departure from Odessa, the James E. Williams conducted at-sea training with the Ukrainian navy to increase interoperability and enhance our combined capability and capacity. Additionally, the ship received fuel from the Turkish oiler TCG YB Kurdret Gungor before departing the Black Sea.
“James E. Williams’ presence in the Black Sea demonstrates the United States' commitment to enhancing maritime security and stability, readiness, and naval capability,” said Cmdr. Allen Siegrist, commanding officer of James E. Williams.
James E. Williams entered the Black Sea Nov. 26 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.
James E. Williams homeported in Norfolk is on a scheduled deployment conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations 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 allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.