The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham entered the Black Sea on Friday to promote peace and stability in the region, the US 6th Fleet said in a statement .
“The ship’s presence in the Black Sea demonstrates the United States’ commitment to working closely with allies to enhance maritime security and stability, readiness, and naval capability; and our commitment to promote peace and stability to our NATO allies in the region,” the statement said.
The destroyer will enter Black Sea in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, the Fleet said. Jason Dunham previous operated in the Black Sea during Exercise Sea Breeze 2012.
“Jason Dunham’s presence in the Black Sea is meant to reassure and demonstrate our commitment to work closely with NATO allies in order to enhance maritime security. As our exercise with Montenegrin and Albanian forces last month showed, training with our naval counterparts from other nations is an invaluable opportunity to ensure mutual interoperability,” said USS Jason Dunham Commanding Officer Cmdr. Darren T. Dugan.
According to the Fleet website, the U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and International Law.
“The United States continues to demonstrate its commitment to the collective security of our NATO allies and support for our partners in Europe, in light of the on-going Russian intervention in Ukraine.
All DoD efforts in support of our NATO allies in Eastern Europe fall under the umbrella of Atlantic Resolve”.