According to the U.S. Department of Defense, there were the guided-missile destroyer Porter, the tanker John Lenthall l, and Mount Whitney.

The US Navy’s Mount Whitney staff ship on Monday began the transition from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean after completing joint exercises with NATO partners. This was reported by the press service of the Sixth Fleet of the U.S. Navy.

“Flagship of the U.S. Sixth Fleet USS Mount Whitney <…> began its transition from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean after the completion of naval operations and exercises together with NATO allies and partners,” the Sixth Fleet said in a post on Twitter.

On November 10, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that US Navy ships had arrived to participate in multinational exercises conducted by the Joint Command of the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe in the Black Sea region. According to the Ministry of Defense, there were the guided-missile destroyer Porter, the tanker John Lenthall l, and Mount Whitney of the U.S. Navy.

The Defense Department stressed that we are talking about unscheduled actions of the US forces. The ministry indicated that Washington is forming a multinational grouping of armed forces in the immediate vicinity of the Russian border. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, such actions are becoming a destabilizing factor in the region; one of their goals is the military development of the territory of Ukraine. The Russian armed forces are continuously monitoring and monitoring the situation, the Defense Ministry assured.