Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) joined USS Ross (DDG 71) in the Black Sea to conduct maritime security operations, the 6th fleet of the U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and Africa informed.
USS Ross entered the Black Sea on Feb. 16, while the second destroyer joined it on feb. 17.
“A second U.S. Navy ship in the Black Sea is part of an operational schedule that helps sustain the U.S. Navy’s operational presence in the region,” the fleet informed.
“Our decision to have two ships simultaneously operate in the Black Sea is proactive, not reactive,” said Vice Adm. Christopher Grady, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet. “We operate at the tempo and timing of our choosing in this strategically important region. By nature, ships are flexible, mobile forces and the Navy is uniquely capable of providing credible and capable forces to defend our nation’s interests throughout the world.”
It is emphasized that these naval activities will be conducted in accordance with international law, including the 1936 Montreux Convention which regulates maritime traffic through the Dardanelles and Bosphorus international straits.