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Pentagon deploys another warship to Black Sea

Published time: May 21, 2014 14:59
Edited time: May 21, 2014 20:11
USS Vella Gulf cruiser (Reuters/Chip

USS Vella Gulf cruiser (Reuters/Chip East)

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.

Earlier this week, RT reported that a military source had told Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency that the US Department of Defense was expected to deploy a ship towards the Black Sea this week as part of what Moscow is considering a wide build-up of NATO forces in the region. Now the Pentagon has confirmed that the Vella Guld will replace the USS Taylor, a frigate that was stationed in the Black Sea until May 12 and preceded by the presence of the USS Donald Cook.

The guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (Reuters/US NAVY)

An US-authorized treaty, the Montreux Conventions of 1936, bars outside countries from keeping warships in the body of war for more than 21 days. Instead of retiring America’s naval presence from the region altogether, though, the DOD is again exchanging one ship for another in the midst of the growing tensions between Ukraine’s interim government and those wanting a stronger alliance with neighboring Russia.

The USS Donald Cook (AFP Photo)

As RT reported previously, the Vella Gulf is 172 meters long, 16 meters wide and can carry two multipurpose helicopters. It is also equipped with an Aegis air and ballistic missile defensive system, Tomahawk cruise missiles, antisubmarine missiles and surface-to-air missiles.

Ahead of this week’s deployment, the Vella Gulf was expected to participate in a semi-annual, UK-led training exercise in the Mediterranean Sea “designed to provide NATO and allied forces a unique multi-warfare environment in which to prepare for global operations,” according to the ship’s newsletter.

Tomahawk cruise missile (Reuters/U.S. Navy photo)

According to AFP, the Pentagon plans to maintain a military presence in Eastern Europe through the end of the years as the standoff between Moscow and Kiev continues.

Comments (136)


KGBAFFILIATE! 23.05.2014 13:20

We need to see a stronger emergence in investment in the naval maritime control with Russia, China, Iran, and Venezuela. This is to control key routes between nations building strong commerce towards Latin America. Connecting Eurasia-Middle East and Latin America. Taking over the US dominance of the sea's is extremely important.


KGBAFFILIATE! 23.05.2014 13:17

China during the opium wars was attacked by the british iron boat called the nemesis. This boat was used to attack China port. The US also during the monroe doctrine was weak in its naval capabilities. But over the years it grew its navy strong enough to prevent European colonial powers from attempting coups or colonizing the America's. It prevent passages from Spain, Germany, British powerful navies. Even looking back greece had a strong navy. Its been historically documented strong navies can create geopolitics, blockades, commerce routes, gun boat diplomacy. The US has done this to Iran, Venezuela, Russia and China


KGBAFFILIATE! 23.05.2014 13:11

I been reading a new book actually on China and US attempt to stop China growing power. But I think this specifically relates to the use of maritime to influence commerce and trade routes. Also the US use of bullying its neighbors by military naval blockades and uses it for its geopolitical influence. China and Russia need to surpass the US navy. They need to wage a war on free trade and also win over India and Brazil. Two key important allies against the US. The US has created a blockade in China sea the phillipines south korea japan all are to prevent China growth outward. Both Russia and China to invest in Brazil.

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