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KONTAN.CO.ID – As South China Sea tensions eased, it was the Black Sea’s turn to heat up. This is in line with the presence of warships from the United States (US) in the waters which are also Russia’s yard.
Two US Navy ships entered the Black Sea at different times. Namely, the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and the Spearhead class fast transport ship USNS Yuma.
Through its Twitter account, the US Navy’s 6th Fleet announced, USS Roosevelt began transit to the North en route to the Black Sea on Tuesday (15/9).
Shortly afterwards, USNS Yuma began its transit to the North towards the Black Sea on Wednesday (16/9).
The USS Roosevelt and USNS Yuma’s presence in the Black Sea, the US Navy’s 6th Fleet said, was to initiate routine maritime operations.
“The US Navy’s 6th Fleet is routinely operating in the Black Sea to support our allies and partners in the region,” wrote the US Navy’s 6th Fleet on Twitter.
Sixth time visiting the Black Sea
Citing a press release on the 6th Fleet’s official website, this is the sixth time US Navy ships have visited the Black Sea since early 2020.
The last ship to visit the area was the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) in July, during a joint exercise titled Sea Breeze 2020.
Reporter: SS. Kurniawan
Editor: SS Kurniawan