Wednesday, February 21, 2018

U.S. Navy Sends Warships Into The Black Sea To 'Send Russia A Message'

CNN: US show of force sends Russia a message in Black Sea

Washington (CNN)The US Navy is ramping up its presence in the Black Sea as part of a bid to counter Russia's increased presence there, a US military official tells CNN.

It's a region that has become increasingly fraught with tensions as Russia has reinforced its military forces in the area following its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move rejected by the vast majority of the international community.

On Saturday the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney joined the USS Ross in the Black Sea to "conduct maritime security operations," according to a statement from the US Navy's 6th Fleet, which oversees US naval operations in the region. It's the first time two US Navy warships have been in the Black Sea since July 2017.

"Our decision to have two ships simultaneously operate in the Black Sea is proactive, not reactive," US Navy Vice Adm. Christopher Grady, the commander of 6th Fleet, said in a release announcing the Carney's arrival.

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Update: Navy sends destroyers to Black Sea to ‘desensitize’ Russia (Navy Times)

WNU Editor: Russia is not going to respond .... though they would love to .... US Warships in Black Sea on 'Russia's Radar' - Russian Admiral (Sputnik International). The Kremlin is now focused on only one thing .... winning the Russian President election next month, and by a convincing majority. After the election .... it is going to be different.

More News On The U.S. Navy Sending Warships Into The Black Sea

Navy sends destroyers to Black Sea to ‘desensitize’ Russia -- Navy Times
U.S. Navy Sends Two Warships to Black Sea, Risking Russia's Anger -- Newsweek
U.S. Navy sends two missile-guided Destroyers to Black Sea -- UPI
The US Navy is sending destroyers into the Black Sea to send Russia a message -- Business Insider
Pentagon makes show of force in Black Sea to counteract Russian influence: report -- The Hill
Why is the US Navy ramping up its presence in the Black Sea? -- International Business Times

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