USS Vella Gulf Leaves the Black Sea

USS Vella Gulf Leaves the Black Sea

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departed the Black Sea after a series of engagements promoting peace and stability in the region, Aug. 25.


While in the Black Sea, Vella Gulf’s mission was to work with NATO allies and partners, demonstrating the United States’ commitment to strengthening and improving interoperability while working toward mutual goals in the region.

“Our Black Sea operations were excellent training opportunities for Vella Gulf to work with our maritime partners, and we enjoyed our port visits to Romania and Georgia,” said Capt. Robert Katz, Vella Gulf’s commanding officer. “Being afforded the opportunity to work together with our partners helps build greater maritime domain awareness in the Black Sea. We look forward to fostering these relationships in the future.”

Upon entering the Black Sea for the second time this deployment, Vella Gulf completed a divisional tactics exercise with the Turkish navy, Aug 8.

Vella Gulf made port visits to Constanta, Romania and Batumi, Georgia.

Back in the Mediterranean, Vella Gulf is scheduled to finish her deployment after two patrols in the Black Sea.

Vella Gulf, homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, is deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional maritime security, conduct bilateral and multilateral training missions, and to support NATO operations and deployments throughout the region.


Press Release, August 26, 2014; Image: US Navy