The destroyer USS Cole will operate a stopover in Constanta Harbour, between February 9-12, during a visit that is circumscribed to the Romanian-American Strategic Partnership and represents a continuation of joint actions done in the spirit of developing good cooperation and raising the trust and security levels in the Black Sea, the General Staff of the Romanian Naval Forces informs.
During the stopover in Romania, joint training sessions are scheduled with the participation of the servicemen from the two navies, as well as official visits of the American staff to different objectives of the Romanian Naval Forces.
“After the end of the stopover of the American destroyer in Constanta Harbour, Romanian and American servicemen will run exercises at sea, with the participation of the crews of the frigate Marasesti, the sea dredger ‘2nd Lieutenant Alexandru Axente’ and of a IAR 330 Puma Naval helicopter”, a release of the Romanian Naval Forces General Staff remitted on Sunday to Agerpres informs.
The exercises have as a purpose maintaining a high level of training for sailors of the Romanian Naval Forces. These were planned a year ago and are included in the Plan of main activities of the Romanian Naval Forces General Staff.
“The United States remains fully committed to our NATO Allies and regional partners throughout Europe. We maintain our ships and submarines deployed across the Mediterranean, north Atlantic and into the Black Sea. These deployments not only provide our crews the opportunity to train and exercise with our allies and partners at sea, they also make it possible to conduct port visits where we strengthen our relationship and mutual understanding, “ said Vice Adm. James Foggo, U.S. 6th Fleet commander quoted by http://cne-cna-c6f.dodlive.mil
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mat Murch)