The U.S. Navy ship, Arleigh Burke-class USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) began to move towards the Black Sea on September 15. On late Tuesday, the vessel passed the Bosphorus and entered the Black Sea, the U.S. 6th Fleet reported.
“Roosevelt has eagerly awaited the opportunity to sail the Black Sea alongside our NATO Allies and partners. Roosevelt’s inaugural voyage proved to be a safe and scenic transit: an excellent beginning to a new chapter as U.S. 6th Fleet’s most recent addition to the Forward-Deployed Naval Forces”, said Ryan R. Kendall, commanding officer of Roosevelt.
The destroyer armed with guided missiles aims to conduct operations to support maritime safety, with allies and partners of NATO in the region.
"This is the sixth time a U.S. Navy ship has visited the Black Sea since the beginning of 2020. The last ship to visit the region was USS Porter (DDG 78) in July during exercise Sea Breeze 2020. Roosevelt will focus on enhancing regional maritime stability, combined readiness, and naval capability", the 6th Fleet reports.