The US ambassador to Turkey welcomed the holding of joint drills Thursday by American and Turkish forces.
“We welcome this opportunity for American Navy ships USS Donald Cook and USS Porter to conduct exercises with the Turkish armed forces in the Black Sea,” said David Satterfield in a statement.
Büyükelçi Satterfield: Amerikan Donanmasına ait #USSDonaldCook ve #USSPorter ’ın, Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri ile birlikte Karadeniz’de tatbikat yapmasını memnuniyetle karşılıyoruz. ➡️https://t.co/xPR87LV4Ni@USNavyEurope @TSKGnkur pic.twitter.com/xQlLwaGe3g— U.S. Embassy Turkey (@USEmbassyTurkey) February 11, 2021
“As NATO allies, we share a commitment to peace and stability in Europe and the Middle East. Joint exercises build confidence, improve communications and reinforce our already strong security partnership in the Black Sea and the wider region,” he added.
According to the statement, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Donald Cook, USS Porter and a US Navy P-8A from Patrol Squadron 46 participated in the joint air and surface exercises with Turkish frigates TCG Orucreis and TCG Turgutreis and two Turkish F-16 fighters alongside reconnaissance aircraft. USS Donald Cook,
Karadeniz’deki eğitimlerine Hava Kuvvetlerimize ait F-16 uçaklarımız ile ABD’ye ait deniz karakol uçağı da katıldı. İcra edilen eğitimler, iki ülke Deniz Kuvvetleri unsurları arasında iş birliğini güçlendirerek birlikte çalışabilirliğe katkı sağladı. https://t.co/RptMaRa04N pic.twitter.com/vlZiI2Fkz0— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) February 10, 2021
"The four surface ships met in the Black Sea early in the morning to prepare for a full day of interoperability, demonstrating the US Navy’s continued commitment to Turkey and NATO cooperation in the region," the statement said.
Vice Adm. Gene Black also said that Turkey was a highly valued ally and NATO maritime partner whose joint operations with the US Navy in the Black Sea reinforce the asymmetric advantage of the NATO alliance.
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