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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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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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denw117 March 07 2014 at 3:22 PM

It's about time

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gudtip March 07 2014 at 11:03 PM

be ready 24/7

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Susie Barber March 07 2014 at 10:49 PM

There goes our "Press" again.. Things aren't always what the press would like you to think they are .. lets not be so egotistical to assume. The Navy deploys ships al over the world, this just happens t be a hot topic for our press to make some noise

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WOLFMAN March 07 2014 at 8:21 PM

The difference here is that Hitler didn't have ICBMs that are aimed at us.

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blue69vt March 09 2014 at 5:52 PM

Well it's about time instead of us seating a on butts doing nothing, He needs to grow some.

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smikeyj53 March 07 2014 at 8:04 PM

Just a matter of time...how much longer?

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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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waltervlod March 07 2014 at 7:34 PM

This is an omen for the Russian parliament to impeach Putin.
Putin broke the 1994 Budapest Memorendum of Security Assurances treaty when he invaded Crimeria.

WAKE UP...Russian Parliament!

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rocher54 waltervlod March 07 2014 at 8:31 PM

The Russian Parliament does not recognize the illegitimate government in Kiev. Nobody voted for that government. It was taken by force, by unelected EU Oligarchs puppets, supported by neo Nazi and ultranationalist hooligans. Obama should be telling that "legitimate government", to set up new elections as soon as possible, or else face the same sanctions he's trying to nail Putin with.

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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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