A guided-missile destroyer of the US Navy has entered the Black Sea.
“The forces and means of the Black Sea Fleet have begun monitoring the actions of the US Navy’s missile defense destroyer Labun, which entered the Black Sea on June 11, 2021,” the National Defense Control Center reported.
As previously reported by the US Sixth Fleet, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Labun began the transition from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea to perform maritime security operations. The ships of this class are armed with Tomahawk and Harpoon cruise missiles, as well as SM-3 anti-missile missiles.
American ships periodically ply in the Black Sea water area. So, in January, two destroyers — “Porter” and “Donald Cook” – went there, and NATO explained this by “building up the military power” of Russia. In response, Moscow conducted exercises that included naval combat. In March, the destroyer Thomas Hudner and the cruiser Monterey also entered these waters, and in May, the Coast Guard frigate Hamilton.
Russia has repeatedly stated that the presence of military personnel from other regions in the Black Sea does not contribute to stability. The Montreux Convention, signed in 1936, restricts the stay in the Black Sea of warships of non-Black Sea states for a period of three weeks. The document also provides that up to nine such ships with a total tonnage of no more than 30 thousand tons can be in the water area at the same time.