Russian military tracking US Navy USS Porter destroyer in Black Sea

Special equipment of the Russian Southern Military District has begun tracking the US Navy’s USS Porter, Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, that entered the Black Sea, Russia’s National Defense Management Center told reporters Wednesday.


Special equipment of the Russian Southern Military District has begun tracking the US Navy’s USS Porter, Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, that entered the Black Sea, Russia’s National Defense Management Center told reporters Wednesday.
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Russian military tracking US Navy USS Porter destroyer in Black Sea 925 001USS Porter (DDG-78) in October 2007 (Picture source: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Gearhiser)


The military agency clarified that the destroyer sailed into the Black Sea on June 17. "Forces and equipment of the Southern Military District are tracking the ship to timely react to possible incidents in the Black Sea," the center noted.

Earlier on Wednesday, the press service of the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet that the destroyer is part of announced that the ship started moving to the Black Sea for drills with NATO allies and partners in the region. This is the third time the USS Porter has entered the Black Sea in 2020.

The ship last sailed into the Black Sea in April. In early May, the ship entered the Barents Sea accompanied by the Roosevelt and the Donald Cook destroyers.

About USS Porter:

USS Porter (DDG-78) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. Porter is the fifth US Navy ship to be named after US Navy officers Commodore David Porter, and his son, Admiral David Dixon Porter. This ship is the 28th destroyer of her class. Porter was the 12th ship of this class to be built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was laid down on 2 December 1996, launched and christened on 12 November 1997, and commissioned 20 March 1999, in Port Canaveral, Florida.


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