USS Oak Hill en route to the Black Sea
The dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) started its northbound transit to the Black Sea on June 18 to conduct maritime security operations and deepen relationships with regional allies and partners.
Oak Hill will follow the USS Porter (DDG 78) guided-missile destroyer that re-entered the Black Sea on June 17, having served there in April. This Oak Hill tour is a fourth US tour. Navy ship for the year 2020.
Oak Hill is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), as well as the USS Bataan (LHD 5) amphibious assault ship and the USS New York (LPD 21) amphibious transport dock ship operating in the Mediterranean Sea.
Boarding the ARG ships are the Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2 personnel, who can deploy a landing craft utility (LCU) vessel.
The U.S. Navy routinely operates in accordance with international law in the Black Sea including the Montreux Convention.
The ship conducted manoeuvring operations with the Romanian frigate Regina Maria (F222) during Porter 's previous operations at the Black Sea.
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