U.S. Sixth Fleet meets with Romanian Naval Forces
CONSTANTA, Romania — The Commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet, Navy Vice Adm. Bruce W. Clingan, met with the Chief of Romanian Naval Forces Staff, Rear Adm. Dorin Danila, here on Nov. 1 to discuss ongoing Black Sea maritime partnerships as a prelude to the annual Black Sea Partnership Cruise (BSPC).
"Through efforts such as the Black Sea Partnership initiative, I am confident that we can build upon the idea of a Global Maritime Partnership, increase our collective capabilities and achieve greater regional security," said Clingan. The U.S. Sixth Fleet-led BSPC, scheduled to occur Nov. 10-16, is an annual event to strengthen ongoing partnerships and increase interoperability with Black Sea nations. A self-contained headquarters for the fleet and task force commander, Mount Whitney serves as the BSPC underway training platform.
Sixty-five representatives from Azerbaijan; Bulgaria; Estonia; Georgia; Greece; Latvia; Lithuania; Poland; Romania; Ukraine and the United States will participate in the BSPC evolution this year.
The at-sea period includes workshops for helicopter control operations, junior officer and noncommissioned officer development, interoperability discussions, and an oil spill scenario. Additional topics to be covered during the cruise are humanitarian assistance; maritime domain awareness; navigation; rules of engagement; law of the sea; piracy; counter narcotics; visit, board, search and seizure; and customs enforcement.
Mount Whitney, which is home ported in Gaeta, Italy, arrived in Constanta Oct. 31 on a regularly scheduled deployment to the Black Sea.