Pentagon Deploys Another Warship To Black Sea

USS Vella Gulf
USS Vella Gulf

Pentagon deploys another warship to Black Sea (RT, May 21, 2014):

The United States military confirmed on Tuesday that a guided missile cruiser is en route to the Black Sea as worries persist about the ongoing crisis between Ukraine and Russia.

“I can confirm the Vella Gulf, a Navy cruiser, will be going in to the Black Sea probably later this week,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told the press on Tuesday, AFP reported.

US Missile Cruiser To Enter Black Sea Amid NATO Drills In Eastern Europe

USS Vella Gulf missile cruiser
USS Vella Gulf missile cruiser

US missile cruiser to enter Black Sea amid NATO drills in Eastern Europe – military source (RT, May 19, 2014):

The US missile cruiser Vella Gulf is expected to arrive in the Black Sea on May 23, a military source told a Russian news agency. Another NATO vessel is already in the area, while the French Navy’s stealth frigate will reportedly be there by late May.

This comes as part of a wider buildup of NATO forces close to Russian borders against the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis.

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