10 Jan '18, 5pm

US Navy ruffles Russian feathers in the Black Sea.

The destroyer Carney steamed into the Black Sea on Friday to bolster allied defenses, a move Moscow views as part of an aggressive stance taken by Washington after Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula in 2014. U.S. warships usually only sail into the Black Sea for occasional allied exercises, but the Carney is the third U.S. destroyer to patrol the area since August. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyers Porter and James E. Williams patrolled the Black Sea in August and November, respectively, according to Stars and Stripes. “Returning to the Black Sea and Odessa is a familiar mission,” said Cmdr. Peter Halvorsen, commanding officer of Carney, according to the Navy’s press release. “Carney was here during the summer in support of Sea Breeze 2017, and we look forward to improving our cooperative capability with the Ukrainian Navy,” Tensions between the two countries escalated ...

Full article: https://www.navytimes.com/news/2018/01/10/us-navy-ruffles...

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