US Navy landing ship headed to Black Sea citing ‘advance security and stability in Europe’

One more US Navy vessel, landing ship USS Fort McHenry, is about to arrive in the Black Sea where tensions are running high after three Ukrainian ships violated Russian territorial waters in late November and have been arrested. USS Fort McHenry entered the Dardanelles Strait, separating the Aegean and Azov Seas, the US 6th Fleet said in a statement on Sunday. The warship’s arrival “reaffirms our collective resolve to Black Sea security and enhances our strong relationships with our NATO allies and partners in the region,” Vice Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, 6th Fleet commander, said. Florida-based Fort McHenry is on a regularly scheduled deployment with the US 6th Fleet to “conduct operations with allies and partners to advance security and stability in Europe,” the statement read.

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