The US Navy Destroyer Porter Leaves The Black Sea After The Sea Breeze 2020 Exercise
The American missile destroyer Porter began the transition from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean on August 3 after completing joint exercises Sea Breeze 2020 with the Ukrainian Navy and ships of several NATO countries, according to the press service of the 6th fleet of the US Navy.
"My team and I always appreciate the opportunity to interact and train together with our allies and partners in the Black sea region," the press service quotes the ship's captain, commander Craig Trent, as saying. "The time we spent here is extremely important for building strong relationships and developing coordination."
Ukrainian-American exercises Sea Breeze-2020 were held in the Black Sea from July 20 to 27. About 2 thousand people from nine countries, more than 20 ships, as well as planes and helicopters were involved in the event. In addition to Ukraine, the United States and Georgia, military personnel from Bulgaria, Spain, Norway, Romania, Turkey, and France took part in Sea Breeze. Sailors from NATO countries and Ukraine, including, practiced actions in the areas of air defense, anti-submarine warfare, and control of the water area.
The Spanish - based destroyer Porter is entering the Black Sea for the second time this summer for exercises with the navies of NATO countries, as well as Ukraine and Georgia. The previous time it was here from June 17 to July 7, when it took part in two joint exercises with ships from Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, and Turkey and called at Batumi. Then the maneuvers also involved the landing ship-dock Oak Hill of the US Navy.
The Black Sea fleet forces monitored the American destroyer both during previous exercises and during those that took place since July 20. The Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly noted that the military presence of ships of powers located outside the region in The Black Sea does not contribute to stability. The US insists that it operates within the framework of the Montreux Convention, which regulates the passage of warships through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles Straits, and the exercises themselves take place in international waters.