Four US Navy vessels and a Royal Navy ship have entered the Barents Sea to conduct joint maritime security operations and to assert freedom of navigation in the Arctic.
US Navy surface ships have not operated in the Barents Sea since the mid-1980’s.
The task force was composed by: three Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyers USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), USS Porter (DDG 78), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) are supported by fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6), and joined by the Royal Navy’s HMS Kent (F 78).
“In these challenging times, it is more important than ever that we maintain our steady drumbeat of operations across the European theater, while taking prudent measures to protect the health of our force,” said Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander, US 6th Fleet. “We remain committed to promoting regional security and stability, while building trust and reinforcing a foundation of Arctic readiness.”
The operation aims maintain the navies proficient in all operating environments as well as ensure the continued security and access to the Arctic.
The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) was notified of the visit to the Barents Sea,