By U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) began its north-bound transit to the Black Sea Oct. 12, 2019, to enhance regional maritime stability and show support for our NATO allies and partners in the region.
This is the seventh time a U.S. ship has visited the Black Sea since the beginning of 2019. In August, Porter conducted operations in the Black Sea and visited Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey. In addition, the ship hosted shipboard receptions, participated in Community Relations (COMREL) projects, and hosted media for a press conference.
"This routine deployment, our seventh Black Sea visit by a destroyer this year, demonstrates our dedication to freedom of navigation and our commitment to NATO allies and partners in the Black Sea,” said Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet.
Porter,forward-deployed at Naval Station 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 U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea consistent with international law, as well as with the Montreux Convention.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.