MOSCOW, the Russian Federation (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The Moscow-based National Defense Management Center reported on Tuesday that warships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet were continuously monitoring the actions of the U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook that has entered the Black Sea on 19 February at 17:00 Moscow time, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The statement reads that the Black Sea Fleet’s assigned means that include the missile corvette Orekhovo-Zuyevo and the reconnaissance ship Ivan Khurs, have organized continuous tracking of the US missile destroyer. In particular, the large reconnaissance ship of the Russian Navy Ivan Khurs and Russia’s latest Buyan-M class cruise missile corvette Orekhovo-Zuevo carry out the direct control of USS Donald Cook’s movements.
Yesterday (19th February), the press office of the U.S. 6th Fleet reported that the US Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer began its north-bound transit of the Dardanelles Strait and it was about to sail into the Black Sea. The press office specifies further that the transit of the USS Donald Cook aims at enhancing regional maritime stability and conducting maritime security operations. It will also ensure the U.S. partners in the region and NATO allies combined readiness, as well as naval capability.
However, the area toward which the U.S. warship was sailing, was not revealed in the statement made by the press office of the US 6th Fleet. Meanwhile, it was said that the guided missile destroyer, a month ago, had already carried through certain missions in the Black Sea. They included visits to Batumi, Georgia, where an exercise with two Georgian Coast Guard ships was conducted. The U.S. the destroyer left the Black Sea on 28th January.
At that time, the movements of the U.S. vessel were monitored by Russia’s guard ship Pytlivy of the Black Sea Fleet.
The U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook is not allowed to stay in the Black Sea for more than 21 days, in accordance with the provisions of the Montreux Convention.
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Sources: TASS, Sputnik News