USS Porter Arrives in Constanta, Romania
Navy News Service
Story Number: NNS170207-09
Release Date: 2/7/2017 11:00:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs
CONSTANTA, Romania (NNS) -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a scheduled port visit, Feb. 3.
Strengthening alliances during the port visit to Constanta demonstrates the shared commitment we have to promote safety and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance interoperability with NATO allies and partners.
"It's always a privilege to visit the welcoming city of Constanta. Our past few visits have given us the opportunity to make many friends and memorable experiences. We are looking forward to building on our already strong relationship with the citizens of Romania." - Cmdr. Andria Slough, commanding officer, USS Porter (DDG 78)
Porter's port visit provides Sailors an opportunity to meet with naval counterparts in order to strengthen bonds and enhance partnerships.
While in the Black Sea, Porter is scheduled to participate in exercise Sea Shield 2017. Sea Shield is an annual, Romanian-led multinational exercise in the Black Sea to improve interoperability and proficiency of participating units.
The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and international law.
Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. The ship deployed from Naval Station Rota Nov. 30, 2016.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
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