Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Turkish Straits

Today was a great day for USS STOUT (DDG 55) as we completed our transit of the Bosporus and Dardanelles, which connect the Aegean Sea with the Black Sea. Commonly referred to as the “Turkish Straits,” these important waterways provide a critical link from the Mediterranean to the northern areas of Europe and Asia.

I have posted a picture of Istanbul as seen from the ship for you to enjoy.

While in the Black Sea we will visit four ports and operate with the Navies of several Black Sea Nations. Our purpose is to strengthen maritime partnerships and safety in the Black Sea region.

Although U.S. ships have regularly deployed in the Black Sea region for many years this is my first opportunity to come to the Black Sea. I am excited about the opportunity to work with regional Navies and experience the culture of the area.

In my daily conversations with crewmembers I can tell you that the crew of STOUT also look forward to the adventure and challenges that await them during their time in the Black Sea.

Refer to this page for daily updates on the activities of USS STOUT.