The missile destroyer USS Porter began its transition from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean on Tuesday, November 16. This is according to a message from the U.S. Sixth Fleet on Twitter.
BREAKING: Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) began its scheduled southbound transit from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea after conducting maritime operations and exercises alongside @NATO allies and partners, Nov. 16, 2021. #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/Bw6To8524f
— U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet (@USNavyEurope) November 16, 2021
On November 15, it became known that the USS Mount Whitney crossed from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean after exercises with other ships. A little earlier, the tanker John Lenthall had done the same route.
The USS Mount Whitney arrived in Istanbul on November 1. On 8 November, Mount Whitney and two other U.S. ships arrived at the Georgian port of Batumi. They left Georgia on 10 November and arrived at the Romanian port of Constanz on 12 November. The ship entered the Black Sea to participate in exercises.
On November 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin in a conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron drew attention to the provocative nature of the exercises conducted by the United States and its allies in the Black Sea. Both sides expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of progress in the resolution of the internal Ukrainian conflict.