As reported by Censor.NET citing the statement by the press office of the U.S. 6th Fleet, command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) entered the Black Sea on July 7, 2018 to conduct maritime security operations and enhance regional maritime stability, as well as strengthen combined readiness and naval capability among NATO allies and partners.
"The USS Mount Whitney is excited to return to the Black Sea. We look forward to working with our partners in the region to build relationships that promote peace and economic stability in the region and the globe. Mount Whitney's presence will assure our partners and allies of our commitment to maritime security and shared interests," said Capt. Robert Aguilar, commanding officer of Mount Whitney
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) will also take part in the exercise.
Besides the U.S., the drills will see participation of Romanian and Turkish navy ships, Moldovan and Georgian seals and spec-ops units, as well as navy divers from U.K. and Canada.