In particular, the US Navy's command ship USS Mount Whitney will participate in joint maneuvers in the Black Sea with the allies.
During the underway, Mount Whitney and the embarked staffs will operate alongside NATO allies and partners in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, working together to ensure security and stability in the region. Operating and exercising together demonstrates NATO’s commitment to maintaining freedom of navigation in international waters for all nations.
The opportunity for the combined staff to operate together enhances interoperability by allowing the staffs to share processes and procedures, while training simultaneously from the same location in pursuit of a common goal. Training collectively also increases coordination with NATO allies and partners at the fleet level, and sets the stage for future operations and exercises.
As we reported earlier, Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Taran and Minister of Defense of the United States Lloyd Austin discussed the implementation of a framework agreement on the strategic foundations of the defense partnership and security in the Black Sea.
The parties agreed to develop a roadmap for the implementation of the provisions of the framework agreement signed in Washington on the strategic foundations of defense partnership.