The United States conducted exercises in the Black Sea. As stated in the circulated statement of the Sixth fleet The US Navy, on Sunday, August 2, joint exercises in the sea area were conducted by the US Air Force and the US Navy.
According to the report, the American destroyer URO USS Porter, the Poseidon P-8A reconnaissance aircraft, four F-16 fighters, and the MQ-9 Reaper strike reconnaissance drone took part in the exercises. The KC-135 Stratotanker refueling aircraft was involved in the exercise. At the same time, it was noted that the destroyer USS Porter and the Poseidon P-8A reconnaissance aircraft "are currently operating in the Black Sea."
Practicing joint action with the US Air Force in Europe during this training mission allowed us to conduct a realistic and timely exercise to enhance US readiness to operate at sea in the Black Sea region.
- said the commander of the Sixth Fleet, Vice Admiral Eugene Black.
The command of the US Sixth Fleet stressed that the joint exercises took place in the international sea and airspace, without entering anyone's territorial waters.
Note that the American destroyer USS Porter and the Poseidon P-8A reconnaissance aircraft participated in the Ukrainian-American naval exercises Sea Breeze - 2020, which took place on the Black Sea from July 20 to July 27, 2020.