The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) entered the Black Sea to participate in the 21st iteration of Exercise Sea Breeze 2021 (SB21), June 26, 2021. This was announced by the press center of the US Navy.
Ross will join 31 other ships in the Black Sea to participate in the maritime portion of SB21. The exercise scenario designed to bring together military forces from North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia to test multiple warfare disciplines in the sea, on land, and up in the air, including surface warfare, land operations, anti-submarine warfare, air defense, and explosive ordnance disposal techniques.
begins southbound transit from the #BlackSea
to the #MediterraneanSea
after completing maritime patrols in support of @NATO
allies and partners in the Black Sea! pic.twitter.com/C4EjYv0wJY
BREAKING: ???????? #USSLaboon begins southbound transit from the #BlackSea to the #MediterraneanSea after completing maritime patrols in support of @NATO allies and partners in the Black Sea! pic.twitter.com/C4EjYv0wJY— U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet (@USNavyEurope) June 25, 2021
“The USS Ross' participation in this year's Sea Breeze maritime exercise is a tangible demonstration of U.S. support for Ukraine and is necessary now more than ever,” said Chargé d'affaires Kristina Kvien, U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. “It is part of the enduring commitment that the United States and our NATO Allied and partner nations have made since 1997 to enhance maritime security in the Black Sea.”
This exercise is a previously planned annual exercise. 2021 will mark the 21st iteration of exercise Sea Breeze. The continuation of this exercise program is a visible demonstration of our enduring commitment to work closely with our NATO Allied and partner nations to enhance maritime security in the Black Sea.
The U.S. stands together with our NATO allies and partners to maintain a safe, secure and prosperous European region and global security environment.