02:04 GMT22 June 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US Navy guided-missile destroyer Laboon entered the Black Sea on Friday, and Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is monitoring its movement, the National Center for Defense Management, part of the Russian Defense Ministry, said.

    "The forces of the Black Sea Fleet have begun monitoring the actions of the US Navy destroyer Laboon, which entered the Black Sea on 11 June 2021", the centre said in a statement.

    US Naval Forces Europe-Africa announced earlier in the day that the American guided-missile destroyer Laboon was heading towards the Black Sea to carry out maritime security operations.

    The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Laboon, which was commissioned in 1995, has two Aegis launchers capable of carrying up to 56 nuclear-armed Tomahawk cruise missiles. It is also equipped with an SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter.

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