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U.S.S. Truxtun Guided Missile Destroyer En Route to the Black Sea

“Amid simmering tensions between the US and Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, US Navy officials say a US guided-missile destroyer which is en route to the Black Sea  has been sent there on a “routine” deployment.

According to the US Navy, the USS Truxtun departed the Greek port of Souda Bay on Thursday for joint training with Romanian and Bulgarian forces, AFP reported.

“While in the Black Sea, the ship will conduct a port visit and routine, previously planned exercises with allies and partners in the region,” the US Navy said in a statement.

Despite the US Navy’s assertion that the move is a “routine” deployment, it comes one day after the Pentagon announced plans for expanding aviation training in Poland and sending more F-15 fighter jets to police the skies over Baltic states.

Tensions between Washington and Moscow have intensified over the recent political crisis in Ukraine….”

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