One of the main combat ships of the 6th U.S. Navy destroyer USS Oscar Austin arrived in the Bulgarian port of Varna after joint exercises with the navies of Bulgaria, Turkey and Romania. Against this background, a visit to the city there arrived the commander of the 6th fleet and strike force NATO, Vice-Admiral Christopher Grady. While in Bulgaria, he stressed the strategic importance of the Black sea for the Alliance.
Commenting on the appearance of the destroyer, which will be the Bulgarian coast until 20 may, Vice-Admiral called this event “a visible reminder of the joint action, if the need arises”, reports TASS.
“It is very important to maintain good cooperation and partnership in the open for all international waters. Our cooperation with the Bulgarian Navy – an example of the fulfillment of our obligations to provide Maritime security,” said Grady at a press conference with the commander of the Bulgarian Navy rear Admiral Mitko Petev.
Vice-Admiral of the United States also placed emphasis on the fact that American warships are in the Black sea in cooperation with the Bulgarian Navy. “Safety at sea has an impact on the security of the entire region,” he said. According to Grady, security in the black sea region is one of the most important tasks facing the NATO countries.
Petev, in turn, noted that the joint exercises with the United States and the assistance provided by Sophia Washington, help to improve the professional level of the Bulgarian military. “The Bulgarian sailors is extremely important to conduct its exercises in a challenging environment with highly competent partners, as this is a guarantee that they will be able to defend the security and sovereignty of their country,” – said Petev.
In accordance with the provisions of the Montreux Convention of 1936, warships nachimovsky States in time of peace can be in Black sea more than 21 days. In February of this year in the Black sea entered the American destroyer USS Porter, equipped with guided missile systems.
30 October 2016, the destroyer of the U.S. Navy Carney prematurely left the Black sea, having been there only six days. The destroyer went to the Romanian port of Constanta, then left the waters of the sea through the Bosphorus.