The joint naval exercise of US, Bulgarian and Romanian navies in the Black Sea has started,March 12, 2014. The military exercise was postponed on March 11 due to bad weather. The USS Truxtun, part of the US Sixth Fleet, together with Bulgarian naval frigate Drazki and three Romanian ships will take part in the drill in the Black Sea, BGNES reports. In the 2013 movie Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks. All the DDG interior views were actually filmed on the USS Truxtun (DDG-103)
|Albert, 24, and Cobler, 35, are both assigned to the destroyer Truxtun, a Norfolk, Va.-based ship that serves as a set piece in the film|
Pentagon officials insisted that the move was unrelated to the rising tensions in the Crimean peninsula, which was seized by Russian forces. Still, with the United States and Russia locked in a tense standoff over the future of Crimea, the U.S. moving military assets toward Ukraine is fueling new jumpiness in the already unsettled region.
In one example, the Hurriyet Daily News newspaper in Turkey reported March 5 that a U.S. military ship would be maneuvering through the Bosphorus Straits on its way to the Black Sea in the following two days. The newspaper did not name the ship, but linked the plan to the crisis in Crimea.
Navy officials said the Truxtun's deployment has been planned for months. The ship's crew will train alongside counterparts from the Bulgarian and Romanian militaries. The Truxton carries about 300 sailors and is typically armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles and a variety of other weapons.
Ukrainian Navy units in Crimea remained cut off as of March 5 morning as pro-Russian radicals turned off electricity and water supplies, and blocked entrances to military units, the press and information department of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported on March 5.
|Slavutych, Ukrainian command ship, U510|
The squadron of five ships that sailed from the Baltic Sea base of Baltiysk includes a destroyer, a tugboat, a tanker and two large amphibious vessels that could evacuate hundreds of people.
A second coming to East African waters is at hand for the Marshall Shaposhnikov (BPK 543), a large Udaloy Class submarine destroyer which remains one of the flagship vessels of the Russian Navy Pacific Fleet despite the 28 years it has spent on active service. The Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet has dispatched a fresh squadron of three vessels to combat piracy off the East African coast.
The squadron comprises destroyer Marshall Shaposhnikov, the oil tanker Irkut and the rescue tug Alatau. The flotilla sailed out of the Pacific Fleet naval base in Vladivostok on November 2, heading for the Arabian Sea.
While en-route to the Gulf of Aden the vessels will hold an exercise with the Indian Navy and call at its port of Mumbai. The vessels will also visit Djibouti as they join an international naval anti-piracy force which comprises vessels from the European Union, the United States, China, India, Iran and South Korea.
After a three-month deployment, the squadron will return to Vladivostok in a voyage that will include stop-overs in naval bases in the Seychelles, Thailand and South Korea. The flotilla also becomes the Russian Navy's eighth naval patrol squadron to be deployed with the international forces in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean since anti-piracy and maritime operations began three years ago.
"Our military medics gave the necessary medical help to all of the wounded bandits. We loaded the dead bandit's body onto one of the pirates' boats with the rest of the pirates, and sent it to the nearest coast, towards Somalia." [approximately 290NM east of Socotra Island]
"We loaded water, food and all their other things -- except the confiscated weapons, boarding ladders and navigation tools -- into the pirates' boat," he said.
"The further fate of the released pirates is not known to us."
Brigade Captain Ildar Akhmerov, the commander of a group of warships in Russia's Pacific Fleet, made the comments aboard the Marshal Shaposhnikov, the destroyer that led the operation to free the captured tanker.
"We will have to act as our forefathers did when they met pirates", Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pledged. "Of course, we will fight pirates with the full force of the naval law."