USS Porter visits Ukraine on Black Sea tour

US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, for a port visit as part of its deployment to the Black Sea.

The ship arrived at the port on October 13 with five Ukrainian officers on board observing sea-and-anchor operations. These operations enhance regional maritime stability, combined readiness and naval capability with our NATO allies and Black Sea partners.

This is the seventh time a US Navy vessel has conducted operations in the Black Sea in 2019. The ship entered the Black Sea earlier this year on August 8 to strengthen interoperability with NATO allies and partners and demonstrate the collective resolve to Black Sea security.

In July, the USS Carney (DDG 64) participated in exercise Sea Breeze 2019 and conducted maritime interoperability training with Standing NATO Maritime Group Two in the Black Sea. In April, USS Ross (DDG 71) conducted maritime training with Bulgaria and Georgia, and a replenishment-at-sea with Turkey. In February, USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) conducted maritime interoperability training with the Turkish Yavuz-class frigate TS Fatih (F 242) and conducted a port visit to Odesa, Ukraine. In January, Donald Cook and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) conducted port visits to Georgia and Romania, respectively.

“It is great to be back in the Black Sea to conduct maritime security operations and enhance maritime stability, combined readiness and naval capability with our partners in the region,” said Cmdr. Thomas Ralston, executive officer of Porter. “This visit allows our crew to experience the rich history of Ukraine.”

Photo: USS Porter (DDG 78) transits the Bosphorus Strait Oct. 12, 2019. Photo: US Navy