"Since no single nation can combat global threats alone, we must collectively work together to share information, share experiences, and work together for regional stability," the warship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Christopher McCallum, was quoted as saying on the naval forces' website Tuesday.
McCallum said the Laboon gained "valuable experience operating with the Romanian Navy in a series of exercises."
The USS Laboon and Romanian Admiral Eustatiu Sebastian corvette held joint maneuvers on Monday and Tuesday. The US destroyer repelled a simulated enemy air attack, played by the Romanian corvette-based helicopter, as part of the drills.
The USS Laboon is fitted with two Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Systems, capable of deploying long-range Tomahawk subsonic cruise missiles.
Russia views NATO’s activities along its western frontier as an implied threat to its national security. The military bloc's increased presence in Eastern Europe and the Baltics has seen a sharp increase in 2015.