US destroyer USS Carney enters Ukrainian port of Odessa

USS Carney alongside in Odessa, Ukraine, on January 8, 2017. Photo: Port of Odessa

US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Carney (DDG64) arrived at the Ukrainian Port of Odessa on December 8, three days after entering the Black Sea.

This is the destroyer’s second Odessa visit within a year.

In July last year, Carney pulled into Odessa before taking part in the international exercise Sea Breeze 2017.

The destroyer is set to stay in Odessa until January 11 and will continue its Black Sea tour with port visits to Bulgaria, Romania and Georgia.

As stated by the US 6th Fleet, the forward-deployed USS Carney is on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the 6th Fleet area of operations to advance security and stability in the European region.

In 2017, Odessa hosted a number of NATO warships including US destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan and French La Fayette-class frigate FS Guepratte (F-714)

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