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US Navy destroyer, USS Truxtun, heads to Black Sea for pre-planned exercises

(Reuters) - The USS Truxtun, a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, is heading to the Black Sea for what the U.S. military on Thursday described as a "routine" deployment that was scheduled well before the crisis in Ukraine.

The announcement came a day after the Pentagon unveiled plans to put more U.S. fighter jets on a NATO air patrol mission in the Baltics, moving to reassure allies alarmed by Russia's effective seizure of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

Crimea is home to Russia's Black Sea military base in Sevastopol.

The U.S. Navy said in a statement that the Truxtun left Greece on Thursday en route to the Black Sea and would conduct training with Romanian and Bulgarian naval forces.

"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 Navy said in a statement, without offering additional details.

"Truxtun's operations in the Black Sea were scheduled well in advance of her departure from the United States."

The ship, which has a crew of about 300 sailors, is part of an aircraft carrier strike group that deployed from the United States in mid-February.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Eric Beech)

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shepcoco March 08 2014 at 11:09 AM

This is how it starts to "escalate". Who will "blink first". Playing with dire consequences if it keeps escalating, until somebody does something stupid.

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rhans43832 March 07 2014 at 7:29 PM

WOW !!!DDG 103...I was on the DDG 4. A long time ago...

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mmcmenamy4 March 07 2014 at 7:17 PM

I don't like canned raviolis

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fmott1954 March 07 2014 at 1:08 PM

us will be fighting every body that hates us they just want our troops in place and not scatterd out.

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ramonbatt fmott1954 March 07 2014 at 1:53 PM

I do not agree with you or most of the idiots! Putin will be remember the great blunder of Russia.

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flyingfortresb17 March 07 2014 at 1:15 PM

Yeah,,,, we go training. Yeah... Sure but nice move on President Obama's part playing the "Training mission" with Romania AND Bulgaria. Too Bad that he could not also stage a carrier group near the Bosporus Straits. Wonder if we still have rights in Turkey to old American Air Bases there?

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wrench701 March 07 2014 at 5:33 PM

This is like sending a single police officer to a riot.

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kendelvalle March 08 2014 at 1:35 AM

Carefull guys... there's Russians about!

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Michael kendelvalle March 08 2014 at 9:24 AM

Yeah , they are trying to hack this blog as we speak. Pretty soon they will have all the public blogs hacked.
Oh wait, I guess they have.

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mmcmenamy4 March 07 2014 at 6:37 PM

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denw117 March 07 2014 at 3:22 PM

It's about time

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usapaydirt March 07 2014 at 2:45 PM

I cannot think of a more effective way to artificially drive up the Worlds commodities markets, than Russia responding to an invite from Crimea, followed by a media frenzy and a US warship cruising to the scene....

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