The US Navy Notified Russia Concerning The Appearance Of U.S. And U.K. Destroyers In The Barents Sea
The US authorities clarified that the notification was made to avoid misinterpretation, to reduce risks, and prevent unintended escalation.
On May 1, the United States notified the Russian side of the arrival of American and British frigates in the Barents sea, according to a message posted on the of the U.S. 6th Fleet official website on Monday.
"The Russian Ministry of Defense was notified of the visit to the Barents Sea, May 1."
The American side explained the approach of the US Navy's porter, Donald Cook, and Roosevelt guided-missile destroyers and the British Navy's Kent frigate by ensuring safety at sea in difficult natural conditions, as well as maintaining "freedom of navigation and continuous interaction between the allies." The Sixth fleet noted that it is committed to "regional security and stability" while strengthening Arctic readiness.
As reported on Monday the National defense control center of Russia (NCUA, included in the Ministry of defense), forces of the Northern fleet took the support of advanced frigates. The USS Donald Cook (hull number 75), the USS Porter (b. n. 78), and the USS Roosevelt (b.n. 80) belong to the Arleigh Burke-class and are equipped with the Aegis missile defense system with MK-41 universal launchers (Em-Kay-41), which are capable of launching both anti-aircraft missiles and Tomahawk cruise missiles. The British frigate Kent is capable of carrying up to eight Harpoon anti-ship cruise missiles.