NATO starts military drills in the Black Sea


Romania, Bulgaria and the United States started joint military training exercise in the Black Sea, a day after the drills have been postponed due to adverse weather conditions, according to Mediafax. The USS Truxtun guided-missile destroyer along with three Romanian naval vessels and a Bulgarian naval frigate are taking part in the Black Sea maneuvers, according to the Bulgarian TV channel BGNES, quoted by Novinite.com. The US navy destroyer arrived in the Black Sea in the context of stronger tensions engulfing the Crimean Peninsula where Russian military groups have seized control from Ukrainian authorities, with rumours spreading that these tensions are the reason of the drills. But, the US Marine Corps said the joint drills, held in the west part of the Black Sea, have been planned weeks in advance. The USS Truxtun (DDG-103 in NATO terms) is a destroyer owned by the US Navy, belonging to the Arleigh Burke class. The destroyer is a fast military vessel, equipped with artillery systems, missiles and torpedoes, aimed at hitting mosquito crafts and enemy submarines, as well as to escort defenseless vessels.

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