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    The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter arrived at the Bulgarian port of Varna.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter has docked in the Bulgarian port of Varna for a scheduled port visit in an effort to strengthen ties between sailors of the United States and Bulgaria, the US Navy said in a press release on Wednesday.

    "Port visits like this one afford sailors from both Bulgaria and the United States the opportunity to strengthen our bonds, both personally and professionally, as we work toward mutual goals," Porter commanding officer Cmdr. Andria Slough said in the release.

    The US destroyer Porter entered the Black Sea on Monday for a series of drills with allies and forces of partner nations in what the United States called a routine deployment.

    The deployment is part of an operation named Atlantic Resolve, which supports NATO allies in Eastern Europe.


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