US Warship Sails Near Black Sea for 1st Time Since Russia-Ukraine War

An Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Friday became the first U.S. warship to operate near the Black Sea since Russia invaded Ukraine.

According to a news release from the U.S. Sixth Fleet, the USS Nitze arrived at Golcuk Naval Base in Turkey on Friday for a scheduled port visit just days before a 7.8-magnitude earthquake caused widespread destruction and more than 7,700 deaths in southeastern Turkey and northern Syria. Golcuk Naval Base is about 656 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake in Gaziantep.

Jeff Flake, the U.S. ambassador to Turkey and former Republican senator from Arizona, and other U.S. diplomats were given a tour of the Nitze on Friday by Cmdr. Katie Jacobson, the ship’s commanding officer.

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