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U.S. Sends Guided Missile Cruiser to Black Sea, 2 NATO Ships in Region

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USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) transits the Atlantic Ocean on March 19, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) transits the Atlantic Ocean on March 19, 2014. US Navy Photo

A Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser will enter the Black Sea on Friday “to promote peace and stability in the region,” the Navy announced on Thursday.

When 9,800-ton USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) enters the Black Sea on Friday, it’ll be the second NATO ship in the region following a French signals intelligence ship that passed through the Bosphorus last week.

The 3,600-ton Dupuy de Lôme (A759) was spotted in the region by amateur photographers crossing the strait on May 14.

The pair of ships are part of an ongoing presence mission Western countries have undertaken since Russia occupied the Crimean peninsula to reassure regional allies.

The U.S. has had an off and on presence in the Black Sea since February — initially in support of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Most recently, USS Taylor (FFG-50) and USS Donald Cook (DDG-75) were in the Black Sea.

Donald Cook was buzzed by a Russian fighter shortly after entering the region and left in late April.

Taylor left the Black Sea in mid-May to join Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) in the Eastern Mediterranean.

All warship from countries without a coast on the Black Sea operate under the so-called 1936 Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits.

Montreux rules call for foreign warships to depart after 21 days.

  • farhavar

    to promote peace and stability kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  • 2IDSGT

    Is it just in my head, or are USN ships starting to look more and more like rust-buckets?

    • Ctrot

      Can’t afford to paint them, too many welfare state mouths to feed.

  • Secundius

    Hey, maybe they’ll get to Zorch somebody.

  • Secundius

    No the TICONDEROGA class AEGIS-Equiped, Guided-Missile Cruiser. They are old rust buckets, built designed and built back in the ’70s. The should call in now, “That 70’s Boat”.

  • Secundius

    I really think they need to R&D and commission a replacement for the TICONDEROGA class Aegis equiped , Guided-Missile Cruiser, some on the ZUMWALT class design profile. An advanced Strike Cruiser design, Battlecruiser design or even a Through-Deck Cruiser design. Several years ago, I think Popular Science Magazine or Popular Mechanics Magazine hand an article on possible designs.

  • Secundius

    Check out DeviantART, they some pretty designs for possible replacement considerations for the TICONDEROGA class Aegis-Equipped Guided-Missile Cruiser. Maybe some should tell the Navy.