Two US destroyers conduct operations with Nato allies amid Covid-19

20 April 2020 (Last Updated April 20th, 2020 16:22)

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) has conducted maneuvering operations in the Baltic and Black Sea with the Romanian Navy frigate Regina Maria (F222).

Two US destroyers conduct operations with Nato allies amid Covid-19
USS Porter conducts operations in the Baltic and Black Sea with the Romanian Navy frigate Regina Maria. Credit: US Navy photo by Lt. Andrew Stopchick Palacio/Released.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) has conducted maneuvering operations in the Baltic and Black Sea with the Romanian Navy frigate Regina Maria (F222).

The maneuvering exercises demonstrate Nato’s continued vigilance and showcase its commitment to security and defence in the midst of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The USS Porter has been forward-deployed to Rota, Spain. It is on its eighth patrol in the US 6th Fleet area of operations and supports the national security interests of the US in Europe and Africa.

It entered the Baltic Sea on 11 April after participating in a UK Submarine Command Course. The course was focused on honing anti-submarine warfare capabilities in the Atlantic.

During its mission in the Baltic Sea, the DDG 78 carried out maritime operations with European allies. This aimed to ensure the stability of the region.

Following the operations in Baltic sea, the USS Porter commenced to its northbound international straits transit to the Black Sea. It conducted maritime security operations with Nato allies and partners.

Nato Spokesperson Oana Lungescu said: “Nato remains ready, vigilant, and prepared to respond to any threat. While we continue to take all necessary measures to protect our forces, our operational readiness remains undiminished.

“These deployments show that Nato allies are working closely together, determined to ensure that potential adversaries do not exploit the situation to further their interests.”

The destroyers will conduct a range of missions, including maritime security operations, bilateral and multilateral training and exercises, and Nato exercises and deployments.

Other Nato deployments include participation in Standing Nato Maritime Groups, and in Nato missile defence.