US missile-armed warship heads into Black Sea

An American Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Arleigh Burke, has been deployed to the Black Sea. The mission comes amid heightened NATO actions within the area, with two different US warships recorded within the space final week.

The deployment of the guided-missile destroyer was introduced by the US Navy on Thursday. The mission is its first motion since it switched its homeport to a naval base in Rota, Spain.

“USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) began its northbound transit to the Black Sea to operate with our NATO allies & partners in the region,” the Navy mentioned in a press release.

The warship was noticed passing by Turkey’s Dardanelles Strait to the Sea of Marmara.

The USS Arleigh Burke deployment comes shortly after one other US guided-missile destroyer, the USS Porter, and an amphibious command vessel, the USS Mount Whitney, left the Black Sea. The two vessels made a number of port calls throughout the area and “operated” alongside native NATO allies.

The ramped-up NATO actions within the space have been repeatedly criticized by Moscow, which regards them as overtly hostile acts. Earlier this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov condemned the more and more “aggressive” habits of NATO in the direction of Russia, noting an “unusual” quantity of the bloc’s naval vessels crusing within the area.

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