USS Laboon (DDG58), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy, entered the waters of the Black Sea on Friday. It was reported by the press service of the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet.
"The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) entered the Black Sea on a routine patrol, June 11, 2021, while conducting multi-domain operations with a U.S. Navy P-8A aircraft from Patrol Squadron VP-40 and NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS)," the message reads.
The ship’s operations in the Black Sea will strengthen interoperability with NATO allies and partners and demonstrate collective resolve to Black Sea security under Operation Atlantic Resolve.
This is the fifth U.S. Navy ship to visit the Black Sea in 2021.
As we reported earlier, in April, after Russia concentrated its troops near the Ukrainian border, it became known that the United States sent two missile destroyers Donald Cook and Roosevelt in the Black Sea.
According to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, the United States notified Ankara that two American warships will pass through the Turkish straits and will be deployed in the Black Sea until May 4.
"15 days ago, through diplomatic channels, we received a notification that two US warships will pass to the Black Sea in accordance with the Montreux Convention. The ships will remain in the Black Sea until May 4," Turkish diplomats said.