The American missile destroyer Porter has begun the transition to the Black Sea to participate in the Sea Breeze 2020 exercise, Free News writes concerning the press service of the Sixth Fleet of the US Navy.

It is noted that the joint exercises with Ukraine are designed to “strengthen regional stability at sea.” At the same time, this is the fifth ship to enter the Black sea since the beginning of 2020.

“The return of Porter to the Black sea confirms the commitment of the US Sixth Fleet and the US Navy to our allies and NATO partners … Our participation in multinational exercises such as Sea Breeze is a real representation of the US determination to collectively protect Europe,” Vice Admiral Gene Black, commander of the US Sixth Fleet, is quoted in the statement as saying.

The exercise should involve 2,000 people from nine countries, including 27 ships and 19 aircraft.

The list of countries that will participate in Sea Breeze 2020 includes Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Norway, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United States.