The U.S. Navy command is increasing the number of warships deployed in the Black Sea, a source in the Russian Navy Staff told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday.
"The U.S. frigate USS Taylor passed through the Black Sea straits and entered the Black Sea on Tuesday," the source said.
He recalled the earlier arrival of USS Donald Cook, a destroyer equipped with the Aegis missile defense system, in the Black Sea.
"Black Sea voyages have not been very lucky" for USS Taylor, the source continued. It was sent to the Black Sea together with the U.S. Sixth Fleet command class ship USS Mount Whitney in the period of the Sochi Olympic Games. USS Taylor ran aground while mooring in the Turkish port of Samsun on February 12 and her screw touched the ground. The frigate was towed away from the Black Sea and underwent repairs in the Greek port of Souda.
The previous Black Sea visit of USS Taylor lasted from February 5 through March 9, which was eleven days longer than the maximum permissible period of stay of warships from non-Black Sea littoral countries in violation of the Montreux Convention.
USS Donald Cook arrived in the Black Sea on April 10. Before that she had been staying offshore Romania.
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