The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Porter entered Varna Friday port in the Black Sea, Bulgaria as the Stars and Stripes reported.
It is the sixth time when the vessel enters the region.
“The naval operations we conduct in the Black Sea with our allies and partners maintain strong relationships, necessary for regional stability,” Vice Admiral Lisa M. Franchetti said.
The U.S. Naval Forces send its destroyers to the Black Sea more frequently and it might cause the concern of the Russian officials on the ships’ firepower and missile-defense capabilities.
Besides, Smetlivy destroyer of the Russian Black Sea Fleet constantly monitors the USS Porter’s movements.
Due to the increased number of the U.S. destroyers in the Black Sea, Russia reinforced its presence also.
“Russia continues to view the deployment of U.S. ships to the Black Sea with suspicion,” Michael Petersen, Naval War College’s director of Russia Maritime Studies Institute said. “They view Crimea, and by extension the Black Sea, as a key strategic bastion for protecting their southern flank.”
As we reported U.S. missile-armed destroyer USS Carney passed the Bosphorus and entered the waters of the Black Sea for the participation in the Sea Breeze 2019 drills.
Sea Breeze 2019, the Ukrainian-American military drills began in Odesa on July 1 and lasted