The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) entered the Black Sea on a routine patrol, Nov. 25, 2021. Whereas within the Black Sea, the ship will function alongside NATO allies and companions within the area, working collectively to make sure safety and stability on this important worldwide waterway. NATO allies and companions routinely function within the area to make sure a protected, secure and safe maritime setting, and construct accomplice capability to enhance effectiveness and interoperability.

U.S. Sixth Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) and fellow Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) not too long ago accomplished operations within the Black Sea, working with regional allies and companions, together with Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine all through their time within the space. Arleigh Burke started its present patrol in August, working within the Baltic and Barents Seas alongside naval allies and companions, together with ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 1. The ship additionally carried out port calls in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland, underscoring the significance of Baltic relationships to the energy of the NATO Alliance.


Arleigh Burke is one among 4 U.S. Navy destroyers based mostly at Naval Station Rota, Spain, and assigned to Commander Activity Pressure 65 in assist of NATO’s Built-in Air Missile Protection structure. Working from the Excessive North by means of the Mediterranean and into the Black Sea highlights the aptitude and capability Ahead Deployed Naval Forces-Europe (FDNF-E) ships carry to the European theater. These inherently cellular, multi-mission succesful ships routinely function all through the waters of Europe and Africa, from the Cape of Good Hope to the Arctic Circle, demonstrating their mastery of the maritime area.

U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the total spectrum of joint and naval operations, typically in live performance with allied and interagency companions, so as to advance U.S. nationwide pursuits and safety and stability in Europe and Africa.