From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs
ODESA, Ukraine (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived in Odesa, Ukraine, for a scheduled port visit Oct. 9, 2015.
Porter's presence in Ukraine reaffirms to NATO allies that the U.S. Navy shares a commitment to strengthen ties while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the Black Sea region.
"During our port visit, the crew will have the opportunity to experience the rich cultural heritage of Ukraine as well as strengthen bonds between our maritime forces. Ukraine is a key partner for the U.S. and our presence here demonstrates the U.S. commitment to maintaining a persistent presence in Eastern Europe." - Cmdr. Blair Guy, commanding officer, USS Porter (DDG 78)
During the visit, Porter is scheduled to host a reception onboard for Ukrainian guests. Strengthening alliances during the port visit will demonstrate the shared commitment the U.S. has to promote safety and stability within the region.
Porter's port visit will also provide Sailors an opportunity to meet with naval counterparts in order to strengthen bonds for an enhanced partnership.
Porter entered the Black Sea in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve on Oct. 6. The ship's presence in the Black Sea is meant to enhance maritime security and stability, readiness, and naval capability with our allies and partners.
The United States continues to demonstrate its commitment to the collective security of our NATO allies and support for our partners in Europe. All DoD efforts in support of our NATO allies in Eastern Europe fall under the umbrella of Atlantic Resolve.
Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and stability in Europe.
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.