American destroyer Thomas Hudner, capable of carrying up to 56 Tomahawk cruise missiles with a range of 1,600 km, entered the Black Sea. This is reported by Interfax-Ukraine, citing data from the international ship positioning system (AIS).
Operative 6th Fleet reported that the ship is heading to the Black Sea "to conduct maritime security operations."
It is noted that this is the second warship of the US Navy, which in the last 24 hours enters the Black Sea. US Navy missile cruiser Monterey, armed with at least 26 Tomahawk cruise missiles, entered on Friday.
The National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation reported yesterday that the Russian military was watching the American cruiser.
"The forces and means of the Black Sea Fleet began to monitor the actions of the US Navy cruiser Monterey, which entered the Black Sea on March 19, 2021," the center said on Friday evening.
The cruiser Monterey and the destroyer Thomas Hudner are part of the US Navy's carrier strike group, led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Dwight Eisenhower. Currently, the rest of the group's ships and the aircraft carrier itself are in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Turkey.
Earlier it was assumed that the ships of the group, which entered the Mediterranean Sea on March 8, will proceed through the Suez Canal to the Middle East, from where the carrier strike group, led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Nimitz, left at the end of January after a months-long stay. However, at the end of February, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that a decision on this had not yet been made.
According to US media reports, the aircraft carrier will remain in the Mediterranean for some time and interact with the naval forces of NATO member countries.