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U.S. Navy conducts joint operations with U.S. Air Force in the Black Sea


The Arleigh Burke-class, guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78), a P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) from Patrol Squadron VP-47, four F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, KC-135 Stratotankers from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, Mildenhall, England, and an MQ-9 Reaper assigned to the 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2, Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland, conducted a joint training mission in the Black Sea, Aug. 2, 2020.
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U.S. Navy conducts joint operations with U.S. Air Force in the Black Sea 925 001 The guided missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrives for a routine port visit. Porter is the 28th ship in the Arleigh Burke-class of AEGIS destroyers. Porter is homeported in Norfolk, Va., currently on a regularly scheduled six-month deployment. (Picture source: U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley)


The training mission occurred in international waters and airspace within the Black Sea and was designed to train U.S. forces to integrate, operate and communicate while executing surface and air operations.

Participating units conducted training scenarios that included tactical manoeuvring and communications.

Porter and the P-8A Poseidon are currently operating in the Black Sea following participation in the 20th iteration of Exercise Sea Breeze. Exercise Sea Breeze is an annual, multinational maritime exercise co-led by the U.S. and Ukraine and designed to enhance interoperability among participating nations and strengthen regional security in the Black Sea.

Joint training missions like this are vital to the readiness of U.S. military forces and demonstrate our capability to integrate platforms across multiple domains.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with joint, allied, and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.


U.S. Navy conducts joint operations with U.S. Air Force in the Black Sea 925 002 An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 510th Fighter Squadron takes off from Aviano Air Base, Italy, Aug. 2, 2020. F-16s from the 510th FS flew integrated training missions alongside the USS Porter in the Black Sea which were designed to train U.S. forces to operate while executing multi-domain operations. (Picture source: U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow) (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Rebeccah Woodrow)