USS Whidbey Island assault landing ship entered the Black Sea. It goes to Odesa to take part in the exercises "Sea Breeze 2016". The ship will ground the Marines on coast near the mouth of the Danube.
The boats on air cushions and several helicopters are on board. It is also reported that that river may be holding up to 500 troops.
Whidbey Island is a fairly rare type of a combat ship. There are only eight of them of such class. The vessel was designed back in 1970-s and built only in late 80s.