The USS Laboon (DDG-58), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer from the United States’ Navy 6th Fleet, will make a port visit in Batumi, Georgia, on June 27-29, 2015. The Laboon’s visit reaffirms the United States’ commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners like Georgia, while working toward mutual goals of promoting security and stability in the Black Sea region.
While in Georgia, the Laboon will conduct routine combined training with the Georgian Coast Guard and provide ship and press tours. The Laboon’s port visit will further build on previous U.S. Navy visits to Georgia that enhance the professional partnerships and personal relationships between the United States and its allied and partner nations.
Laboon, home-ported in Norfolk Virginia, is deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional maritime security, conduct bilateral and multilateral training missions, and to support NATO operations and deployments throughout the Black Sea region.
The U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and International Law