SS Arleigh Burke Enters the Black Sea in Support of NATO Allies and Partners

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) entered the Black Sea on a routine patrol, Nov. 25, 2021.

While in the Black Sea, the ship will operate alongside NATO allies and partners in the region….NATO allies and partners routinely operate in the region to…improve effectiveness and interoperability.

“Now, more than ever, we stand firmly alongside our NATO allies and partners in the Black Sea region,” said Cmdr. Patrick Chapman, Arleigh Burke’s commanding officer….

U.S. Sixth Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) and fellow Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) recently completed operations in the Black Sea, working with regional allies and partners, including Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine throughout their time in the area.

Arleigh Burke began its current patrol in August, operating in the Baltic and Barents Seas alongside naval allies and partners, including ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 1. The ship also conducted port calls in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland, underscoring the importance of Baltic relationships to the strength of the NATO Alliance.

Photograph: U.S. Sixth Fleet