The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) is conducting a routine patrol in the Black Sea.

The vessel entered the Black Sea on 25 November to work with Nato allies and partners in the region.

The manoeuvre is aimed at ensuring security and stability in the international waterway. It also seeks to enhance effectiveness and interoperability in the region.

Arleigh Burke commanding officer commander Patrick Chapman said: “Now, more than ever, we stand firmly alongside our Nato allies and partners in the Black Sea region.

“USS Arleigh Burke serves as a proud symbol of the US Navy’s commitment to freedom and maritime security around the globe.”

USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), flagship of the US Sixth Fleet, and Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) recently completed Black Sea operations.

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These vessels worked with regional allies and partners, including Georgia, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and Bulgaria.

According to a press statement released by the US Sixth Fleet, Arleigh Burke started its current patrol in August.

It began operating in the Baltic and Barents Seas with its naval allies and partners.

Arleigh Burke also operated with ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 1.

The destroyer is assigned to Commander Task Force 65 in support of Nato’s Integrated Air Missile Defense (IAMD) architecture.

Meanwhile, citing National Defense Command Center of Russia, the TASS news agency reported that the Russian military began tracking DDG 51 in the Black Sea.

The Arleigh Burke class (DDG 51) destroyers are multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and anti-surface warfare missions.