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Destroyer USS Laboon, French Surveillance Ship Enter Black Sea

USS Laboon (DDG-58) sails into Souda Bay, Greece, during a scheduled port visit on April 29, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Laboon (DDG-58) sails into Souda Bay, Greece, during a scheduled port visit on April 29, 2015. US Navy Photo

An American guided missile destroyer and a French surveillance ship entered the Black Sea on Sunday, according to a Turkish ship spotting website.

USS Laboon (DDG-58) and Dupuy de Lôme (A759) passed through the Bosporus Strait as part of ongoing U.S. and NATO presence missions in the Black Sea following Russia’s seizure of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in March of 2014.

Laboon’s presence in the Black Sea will serve to reaffirm the U.S. dedication and commitment toward strengthening the partnerships and joint operational capabilities amongst U.S., NATO and regional Baltic Sea partners,” read a Saturday statement from U.S. 6th Fleet.

An undated photo of the French signals intelligence ship Dupuy de Lôme

An undated photo of the French signals intelligence ship Dupuy de Lôme

The 3,600-ton Dupuy de Lôme was a frequent visitor to the Black Sea last year as tensions between the West and Russia increased following the forced annexation of Crimea.

The Sunday entrance was the first time the signals intelligence (SIGINT) ship has entered the Black Sea in 2015.

The entrance of the two NATO ships into the Black Sea follows an eventful and brief visit from USS Ross (DDG-71). While the ship was exercising with Romanian and Ukrainian ships, local Russian media claimed Ross violated Russian territorial waters — a claim the U.S. denied.

The Spain-based Ross left the Black Sea earlier in June.

All warship from countries without a coast on the Black Sea operate under the 1936 Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits.
Montreux rules call for foreign warships to depart the Black Sea after 21 days

  • publius_maximus_III

    Vive la France. Good to have our old ally back in the Alliance, though they were always watching our back, and we theirs, even before 2009.

  • Sandy

    the French have awakened to what the Islamic world really wants – submission..and what the Russians are up to…back to the Cold War…hope we awaken in time.

  • OLDNAVYVET

    ….and the mission is?

  • gunnerv1

    Not Souda Bay, “Greece”, It’s Souda Bay, “Crete” (been there, seen that, Place sucks). Poor Sailors, being “allowed” Liberty on that rock.

  • Christopher Gamboni

    Go France – good for you!