3 Things To Know as USS Porter Enters the Black Sea

U.S. Naval Forces in Europe announced today that USS Porter (DDG 78) will enter the Black Sea Tuesday to promote peace and stability in the region.

Here are three things you should know about this mission.

USS Porter transits the Mediterranean Sea Oct. 1, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sean Spratt)

1) USS Porter is forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, and is an Arleigh-Burke-class guided missile-destroyer in the U.S. Navy. It was named after two U.S. Navy officers: Commodore David Porter, who saw service in the War of 1812, and his son Admiral David Dixon Porter, who served as the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy after significant service in the Civil War.

The guided missile-destroyer USS Porter. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alex R. Forster)

2) The U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with international law. USS Porter is on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

The Navy’s newest Chief Petty Officers put on their anchors during a pinning ceremony aboard USS Porter  Sept. 16, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by LT.j.g. Laura Adams)

3) This particular mission supports Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR is a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine specifically.

(Information courtesy of U.S. Naval Forces Europe)