U.S. MAY MOVE WARSHIP INTO BLACK SEA


ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — The U.S. is likely to move a warship into the Black Sea and send a small team of soldiers to Europe as part of NATO’s effort to bolster allies in Eastern Europe who are worried about Russia’s military annexation of Crimea. That from a senior defense official.

The official says military commanders are considering ways to bolster America’s military presence in the region. But the official says the U.S. is encouraging allies to contribute more aircraft to the Baltic air patrol mission and beef up military support to Poland – steps the United States has taken.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says this country has “to be prepared to deal with any contingency and all options.”

NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday ordered an end to civilian and military cooperation with Russia.

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U.S. NAVY SENDING DESTROYER TO BLACK SEA TO SUPPORT UKRAINE

By Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube | NBC News

April 2, 2014

The U.S. Navy is sending a destroyer into the Black Sea in the coming days as a symbolic gesture of support for Ukraine and other allies in the region, according to two senior defense officials.

The USS Donald Cook, a guided missile destroyer based in Rota, Spain, will travel to the Black Sea “in the next week or so,” according to one senior defense official.

The ship will take part in to-be-scheduled exercises with allies in the region — most likely pass exercises, where ships from different nations pass one another while at sea — and the Donald Cook will make several to-be-scheduled port calls.

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USS DONALD COOK

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Pentagon spokesperson Colonel Steve Warren confirmed that a ship is heading to the Black Sea in the coming days to “reassure our allies of our commitment to the region.”

There was no word on exactly when the Donald Cook will arrive or how long it will stay there.

Six countries border the Black Sea, including Ukraine and Russia and the Russian-annexed Crimea.

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The last U.S. Navy ship in the Black Sea was the USS Truxton. It departed on March 21.

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NAVY DESTROYER USS TRUXTUN ENTERS THE BLACK SEA

Published on Mar 7, 2014

 

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