Destroyer USS Laboon of the United States Naval Forces enters the Black Sea, reported on Friday the command of the US Sixth Fleet.
The destroyer, part of the strike group of the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, capable of carrying 56 Tomahawk cruise missiles with a range of 1.6 thousand kilometers, left the Greek port of Souda Bay, where it had been since June 3.
The ship headed for the Black Sea basin to “conduct operations to maintain security in the region,” the fleet said.
On Friday morning, USS Laboon sailed through the Dardanelles and entered the Sea of Marmara, according to Konya Aktuel.
“The US Navy regularly works with our NATO allies and partners in the Black Sea,” recalls the command on Twitter.
The destroyer, armed with cruise missiles, is the third NATO ship to sail for Russian shores ahead of talks between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden in Geneva on June 16.
The ships are now in Istanbul and, according to the Montreux convention, can enter the Black Sea for 21 days. This period is limited by the time spent by the fleet of the non-Black Sea countries.