U.S. Navy destroyer heads to Black Sea for pre-planned exercises

WASHINGTON Thu Mar 6, 2014 1:50pm EST

1 of 2. The guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun is shown underway in the Atlantic Ocean in this U.S. Navy handout photo taken August 4, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The USS Truxtun, a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, is heading to the Black Sea for what the U.S. military on Thursday described as a "routine" deployment that was scheduled well before the crisis in Ukraine.

The announcement came a day after the Pentagon unveiled plans to put more U.S. fighter jets on a NATO air patrol mission in the Baltics, moving to reassure allies alarmed by Russia's effective seizure of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

Crimea is home to Russia's Black Sea military base in Sevastopol.

The U.S. Navy said in a statement that the Truxtun left Greece on Thursday en route to the Black Sea and would conduct training with Romanian and Bulgarian naval forces.

"While in the Black Sea, the ship will conduct a port visit and routine, previously planned exercises with allies and partners in the region," the Navy said in a statement, without offering additional details.

"Truxtun's operations in the Black Sea were scheduled well in advance of her departure from the United States."

The ship, which has a crew of about 300 sailors, is part of an aircraft carrier strike group that deployed from the United States in mid-February.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Comments (5)
morbas wrote:
Dear Putin,
This planned exercise should be viewed as non-aggression as long as NATO forces remain on green alert status. But dear sir, this should remind you of the consequences of unilateral actions. You should consult with UN for a consensus vote to avoid egregious judgment, unilateral action is a requirement of the international community.

Mar 06, 2014 8:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
WhyMeLord wrote:
I assume the ship is staffed by GOP/NRA/TEA party chicken-hawks.
Putting Palin in the crows-nest was a brilliant idea, she will be more than able to see Russia from her new, highly-elevated position.
No doubt about it, they will stamp out this threat before it begins.

Mar 06, 2014 11:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
Jovial08 wrote:
i’m from Russia and i don’t care, you can send whatever you want wherever you want,i wonder who in the world nowadays takes seriously their president Hussein Obama – lover of selfies on funerals

Mar 07, 2014 4:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
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