The missile destroyer Nitze of the US Navy for the first time since the start of the Russian-Ukrainian military conflict approached the Bosphorus. On February 3, the ship arrived at the naval base in the Turkish port of Golcuk. This was reported press office 6th Fleet of the US Navy.
The destroyer operates as part of the George W. Bush aircraft carrier strike group. On the way to Golcuk, the ship stopped in Istanbul in front of the historic Dolmabahce Palace. Destroyer Commander Cathy Jacobson received US Ambassador to Turkey Jeffrey Flacke, Deputy Chief of Mission Scott Oudkirk and US Consul General in Istanbul Julie Iade on board for a tour. How long the ship’s stay in Turkish waters should last is not specified.
“Turkey is a highly valued NATO ally,” said the US ambassador to Turkey. “Nitze’s visit is an opportunity to further strengthen our longstanding and vital partnership with Turkey.”
In May, Turkey completely closed the straits for warships due to the Ukrainian events in accordance with the 1936 Montreux Convention on the status of water spaces.