American missile destroyers and a British frigate left the Barents sea on may 8 after the operation. About it it is reported on the website of the U.S. Sixth fleet.
Destroyers of the Navy of the United States USS Roosevelt, USS Porter, USS Donald Cook and a supply ship USNS Supply the United States Navy and the frigate HMS Kent of the Royal Navy of great Britain entered the waters of the Barents sea on 4 may. The ships practiced operations to ensure the safety of Maritime navigation in complex natural environments North of the Arctic circle.
Forces of the Northern fleet tracked the actions of the ships.
The exercise was attended by 1.2 thousand US sailors and UK. They were supported by patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the US Navy’s P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft of the U.S. air force RC-135.
As the Arctic continues to become more accessible to Maritime transport, naval mastery in the region is crucial to regional security, global trade and American national interests, noted in a press-service of the fleet. Operations the group’s land-based provided an opportunity for sailors to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable operations in the Arctic “unique and complex situation,” the statement reads.
“The Arctic is an important region, and our naval forces operating there, including the Barents sea to ensure the safety of trade and to demonstrate freedom of navigation in the difficult situation,” – said the commander of us naval forces in Europe and Africa Admiral James Foggo.
These exercises to surface vessels, the U.S. Navy did not go in the Barents sea since the mid 1980-ies.
A year ago, in may 2019, the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that the US intends to strengthen its presence in the Arcticto counter the aggressive behavior of Russia and China in the region.
“The Arctic has become a hotbed of global competition due to its reserves of oil, gas and minerals, and the abundance of fish,” said Pompeo.
According to him, “Moscow illegally demands that other countries have asked Russia for permission to use the route via the Arctic ocean.”