USS Roosevelt, USS Porter, USS Donald Cook and the British frigate HMS Kent are working on safety operations in the Barents Sea. The Russian Ministry of Defense has been informed.
USS Roosevelt, USS Porter, USS Donald Cook and USNS Supply Vessel, as well as the frigate HMS Kent of the Royal Navy of Great Britain entered the Barents Sea. They are practicing maritime safety operations in challenging environments beyond the Arctic Circle, the United States Navy said Monday, May 4. The harsh weather in the Arctic requires constant attention and practice, the report said.
#USNavy and @RoyalNavy working together in the #BarentsSea, while conducting maritime security operations in challenging environments above the Arctic Circle, to assert freedom of navigation and demonstrate seamless integration among allies.
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) May 4, 2020
“In these challenging times, it is particularly important to ensure our operations on the European stage are sustained while at the same time taking prudent measures to protect the health of our forces,” said U.S. Navy Sixth Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Lisa Franchetti. “We remain committed to advancing security and stability in the region,” she added.
U.S. Navy surface ships have not entered the Barents Sea since the mid-1980s. Ships were notified to the Russian Ministry of Defense on May 1, the U.S. Navy stressed. This was done in order to avoid misunderstandings, reduce the risk and prevent an accidental escalation of tension.