Coast Guard Cutter Dallas arrives in Sevastopol, Ukraine

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — The Charleston, S.C.-based U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas (WHEC 716) pulled into port here Sept. 1 to participate in previously scheduled theater security cooperation activities with the Ukrainian Navy.

The visit by the 378-foot, high-endurance cutter, which has been scheduled since Spring 2008, represents one of the many routine visits to the Black Sea region by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard in recent years designed to strengthen global maritime partnerships and foster greater maritime safety and security capabilities with Black Sea nations.

Included in the training will be shipboard damage control, law enforcement training and vessel boarding procedures.

“The principal aim of visits like these is to increase interoperability by developing the individual and collective maritime proficiency of partner nations, as well as promoting friendship, mutual understanding
and cooperation,” said Capt. John Moore, commander of Combined Task Force 367, under which the Dallas is operating.

The Dallas is on a regularly scheduled deployment and has been under the command of the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet since May 25. Earlier in the deployment, Dallas participated in Africa Partnership Station and conducted similar training with navies and coast guards throughout West and Central Africa.

On Aug. 27, the cutter became the second U.S. military ship to deliver humanitarian aid supplies to Georgia as a part of Operation Assured Delivery, the ongoing U.S. mission to bring relief supplies to the conflict-torn country.

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