USS Truxtun Navy destroyer is headed to the Black Sea. According to the Navy, these maneuvers were pre-planned. According to United Press International on Mar. 6, Lt. Shawn Eklund, Navy spokesperson, reported the following in the Stars and Stripes.
'Truxtun's operations in the Black Sea were scheduled well in advance,' he said in an interview published Thursday.
The USS Truxtun will be performing joint drills with both Romanian and Bulgarian forces. Lt. Eklund claims that the deployment of this destroyer is not at all related to Russian operations currently underway in the Black Sea.
The USS Truxtun left it port on the southwest coast of Greece. Russia is currently active on the Crimean peninsula and at the home port of its Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. This ship will join the USS Taylor, already in the Black Sea, which is moored in Turkey currently.
The USS Truxton is a US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. It was commissioned in 2009. It is named after navy hero Thomas Truxton. This ship also served as a shooting location for the recent Tom hanks film, "Captain Phillips." This ship is part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group.
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