USS Donald Cook Departs the Black Sea

March 1, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) began its previously announced southbound international straits transit of the Bosphorous, en route to the Mediterranean Sea March 1 after conducting maritime security operations in the Black Sea. While in the Black Sea, the ship conducted operations at sea with the Turkish Navy and completed a port visit to Odesa, Ukraine in support of our NATO allies and regional partners. “There is no substitute for the forward presence provided by USS Donald Cook and our other forward-deployed DDGs stationed in Rota,”…

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USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea

February 19, 2019 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) began its north-bound transit of the Dardanelles Strait, en route to the Black Sea Feb. 19 to conduct maritime security operations and enhance regional maritime stability, combined readiness, and naval capability with our NATO allies and partners in the region. The ship last visited the Black Sea in January 2019, during which it visited Batumi, Georgia and conducted an exercise with two Georgian Coast Guard ships. During its time in port the ship’s crew was warmly received by their Georgian hosts…

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Admiral Makarov to join Russian task force in Mediterranean

November 6, 2018 (Google Translation) – The Black Sea Fleet frigate Admiral Makarov is sailing from Sevastopol to the Mediterranean Sea. At present, the ship is passing through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles Straits (the Turkish Straits). The ship completed a complex of naval combat exercises in the fleet’s combat training zones. Together with the Ka-27PL crews, the sailors practiced takeoffs and landings on the frigate deck, conducted training sessions on the search and tracking of a submarine. Ship crews held trainings to check air control systems of the vessel ensuring…

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Vyshny Volchyok Completes Mission in Mediterranean Sea

November 6, 2018 (Google Translation) – The newest small-size missile ship of the Black Sea Fleet Vyshny Volochyok has completed the tasks as part of the Russian Navy’s permanent grouping in the Mediterranean Sea. She is heading now to its home base – the hero-city of Sevastopol. At present the ship is sailing through the Straits of Bosphorus and Dardanelles. Directly in the Mediterranean Sea, Vyshny Volochyok took part in an inter-fleet exercise led by Admiral Vladimir Korolev, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy. Moreover, the ship conducted a complex…

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RFS Admiral Grigorovich Returns from Mediterranean

October 18, 2018 (Google Translation) – The crew of the frigate of the Black Sea Fleet “Admiral Grigorovich” completed the execution of tasks as part of the Russian Navy grouping in the Mediterranean. The frigate passed the Black Sea straits of the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus and headed for Sevastopol. During the missions in the Mediterranean, the Admiral Grigorovich took part in the inter-fleet exercises under the leadership of the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, during which he worked on anti-submarine tasks, conducted a complex of various exercises on conducting combat…

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RFS Pytliviy Returning to Sevastopol

October 9, 2018 (Google Translation) – The patrol ship (TFR) of the Black Sea Fleet (PF) “Pytlivy” completed the execution of tasks as part of the permanent group of the Navy of the Russian Federation (Russian Navy) in the Mediterranean Sea and headed for Sevastopol. Currently, the ship passes the Dardanelles and Bosphorus straits, heading for the Black Sea. During the period in the far sea zone, the crew of the ship took part in the inter-fleet exercise under the leadership of the commander-in-chief of the Navy, during which he…

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USS Carney Exits the Black Sea

USS Carney (DDG 64) departed the Black Sea, March 3, after conducting maritime security operations, enhancing regional maritime stability, and strengthening combined readiness and naval capability among NATO allies and partners. Carney entered the Black Sea, Feb. 17. The ship’s crew visited Varna, Bulgaria, Feb. 18-22, for a scheduled port visit to strengthen ties and demonstrate the mutual trust and respect between the U.S. and Bulgaria. While in Varna, members of the crew hosted a luncheon for the Bulgarian chief of naval operations and experienced the city’s historical and cultural…

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