US Navy ballistic missile defense warship set to enter Black Sea

A United States Navy warship, USS Porter (DDG 78) is scheduled to enter the Black Sea, October 6, to promote peace and stability in the region. Black Sea is a major inland sea bordered by six countries including Romania and Bulgaria to the west; Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia to the north and east; and Turkey to the south.

USS Porter is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer functioning as part of US Ballistic Missile Defense System. It’s operations in the Black Sea are meant to enhance maritime security and stability, readiness, and naval capability with our allies and partners, the US Navy said.

“Forward Deployed Naval Forces, like USS Porter, continue to demonstrate why being forward matters. Her presence will continue to improve our interoperability and capabilities with allies and partners,” said American Vice Admiral James Foggo, US 6th Fleet commander.

The US Navy said Porter will enter the Black Sea in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of US continued commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine specifically.

USS Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the US 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and stability in the Black Sea region.