Two U.S. 6th Fleet Forward-Deployed Naval Forces-Europe (FDNF-E) destroyers and a P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft are operating simultaneously in different major European Seas.
It is vital to keep maritime routes open since ninety percent of the world’s trade volume travels on maritime routes, the Navy said.
The guided missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) is operating in the Black Sea and the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) is operating in the Baltic Sea. The P-8A Poseidon, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 is operating in the Mediterranean Sea.
Their sailors have taken appropriate steps to remain healthy while they carry out operations while at sea.
“The men and women forward deployed in the 6th Fleet area of operations remain ready to ensure security and stability throughout the region.” said Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet (C6F).
“It is important during this time, where we take all the necessary precautions to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, that we also maintain our presence, readiness, training, and interoperability with our partners and allies,” said Capt. Joe Gagliano, commander, Destroyer Squadron 60, from his Rota, Spain headquarters.
The U.S. Navy continues to work with partners and allies to conduct routine and emergency operations throughout the region to maintain maritime security and economic prosperity.