Watch As A US Missile Destroyer Departs Greece For The Black Sea

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Yesterday we reported that with the US aircraft carrier, CVN-77 George H.W. Bush, anchoring in Piraeus, Greece, an unnamed US warship had been granted permission by Turkey to cross the Bosphorus and enter the Black Sea. There was speculation it may be the carrier itself, even though such a crossing would be forbidden by the Montreaux Convention. Today we have the answer: it is not CVN-77, but one of the ships from its aircraft carrier strike group - the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxton, which as the clip below shows, just departed the Greek port of Souda Bay earlier today.


A U.S. guided-missile destroyer is bound for the Black Sea in what the Navy calls a routine visit unrelated to events in Ukraine.


The USS Truxtun, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer with about 300 sailors on board, departed Greece early Thursday, said a spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa in Naples.


The Truxtun is part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group, which recently entered the Mediterranean and is training with regional navies before continuing to the Middle East. The group also includes Carrier Air Wing 8, the destroyer USS Roosevelt and the cruiser USS Philippine Sea.

But lest someone think that just like Russia's ICBM test coming at a most inopportune time, this move has anything to do with Ukraine tensions, the US Navy would like to frame the situation in a far more amicable manner:

The ship is scheduled to train with Romanian and Bulgarian naval forces for an unspecified period of time, conducting joint maneuvers and landing aircraft on ships. The spokesman, Lt. Shawn Eklund, said the visit is unrelated to Russia’s recent incursion into Ukraine. "Truxtun’s operations in the Black Sea were scheduled well in advance of her departure from the U.S.,” he said.

Well of course they were. But just in case not sending a missile destroyer into the Black Sea would be seen as a way to avoid escalations, it is best to make sure such confusion is avoided entirely.

For a brief glimpse of the truth behind the real purpose of this trip, we also find the destroyer will join the USS Taylor as the only two U.S. vessels inside the Black Sea during a period of heightened tensions. A a reminder, the Taylor, a guided-missile frigate, remains moored in Samsun, Turkey, after it ran aground in February - good thing it did not have to defend the "free world" from all those Sochi terrorists that America was convinced will blow everything up.

So what does a ship departing for the Black Sea for what may or may not be simple drills with friendly naval forces? The answer can be found in the clip below.

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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:23 | 4518077 tenpanhandle
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Coming from Greece?  Could be Trojan horse.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:27 | 4518110 StacksOnStacks
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Ribbed for their pleasure.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:33 | 4518135 ZerOhead
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"The ship is scheduled to train with Romanian and Bulgarian naval forces for an unspecified period of time, conducting joint maneuvers and landing aircraft on ships."

At least they aren't loading the boat up with Karzai's opium...

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:34 | 4518150 Looney
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It looks like a grey extra large JET SKI  ;-)


Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:37 | 4518167 Divided States ...
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On the missile destroyer USS George W.H. Bush is a lifeboat named USS George W. Bush

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:44 | 4518201 SWRichmond
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Cue tiny boat, flying (made in China) Russian flag, zooming towards US warship...lots and lots of news footage...shots fired...


Is that too obvious?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:48 | 4518225 Joe Davola
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Gotta check the Truxton's facebook page...

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:51 | 4518236 kliguy38
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I don't know bout u but I feel a LOT safer now............

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:52 | 4518242 Thought Processor
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That's a fine lookin' target.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:56 | 4518260 johnQpublic
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my boy is on the ghw Bush as an aircraft mechanic

they have planes 'hot' loaded on the deck

he says its not uncommon, but i think he just doesnt want me to worry

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:59 | 4518282 john39
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tell him to watch their six for unmarked (israeli) subs compliments of the german taxpayer.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 16:11 | 4518301 ZerOhead
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Looks like an old rusty Russian antisub vessel of 569 feet length suffered an unfortunate sinking "accident" in a 1,000 foot wide harbor entrance that is now blocking elements of the Ukrainian fleet.

As a result the Ukrainian navy now has undisputed control of Donuzlav Lake...

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 16:21 | 4518396 Thought Processor
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How creative of them............


Expect more of this (creative war that is).  This should be assymetrical warfare at its best.


They don't call it a 'Theatre' for nothin'.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 17:27 | 4518686 12ToothAssassin
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Would this be any relation to Truxton Spangler? Nice tie in with a ship blocking the harbor. #Rubicon ??

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:02 | 4521085 El Diablo Rojo
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These 300 sailors need to say goodbye to their loved ones real soon.....

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 16:29 | 4518445 Parisnights
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Wouldn't be a Z.H. thread without an Israeli or antisemetic jeer from John 39.  Used to be Francis S-Guess John 39 is carrying the torch now.  YOU GO JOHN39!


Thu, 03/06/2014 - 16:44 | 4518517 Johnny Cocknballs
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Also wouldn't be one without some Israeli Apologist Troll trying to convince the world the USS Liberty incident was anything but an intentional attack by Israel on a US boat, known to be a US boat, and attacked for one or more of about three reasons, to include an attempted false flag to provide an excuse for the US to attack Egypt.

My guess is lbj, that revolting puke, was in on it.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 16:59 | 4518576 Thought Processor
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Remember Liberty?


Sorry, the pun was just screaming to be made.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 17:05 | 4518594 johnQpublic
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isnt there a recording of the 'send it to the bottom' conversation with LBJ on yotube somewhere?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 17:38 | 4518625 Thought Processor
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LBJ wasn't stupid.  He knew the crew he was rolling with and sure as shit didn't want the Navy or the NSA screwing with them.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 20:09 | 4519312 Blazed
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@Johnny Cocknballs,

Yeah, they have a habit of attacking US and other Westerners with terrorist attacks like the King David Hotel Bombing, the Lavon Affair, the USS Liberty, the Beirut barracks bombing, and their fingerprints all over 911. 

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 18:15 | 4518920 skwid vacuous
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9-11's a lie, sing along


Thu, 03/06/2014 - 18:16 | 4518934 Dr. Destructo
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Funny how the truth ends up being anti-semetic.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 18:57 | 4518859 Freddie
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Good luck with that.  I hope those USN F-18's don't try to tangle with the Su-35s or Su-27s.  Those US-Zio MIC contractor aging carrier planes may have some problems with those Chinese parts that defense contractor buy to save money.  Probably buy then from a Sen. Feinstein front company.

The Su-35 is scary good as contrasted with the F-35 which is a overpriced and bloated piece of shit,.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 21:35 | 4519662 post turtle saver
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Russia only has 34 Su-35 craft in operation total... a single Nimitz class carries 36 F/A-18 fighters... let's get some perspective, we all know the US brings the biggest switch to the woodshed

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:57 | 4518263 f16hoser
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I see a "False-Flag" in our near future... Something tells me we haven't heard the last of the USS Truxton. Hope I'm wrong...

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 17:35 | 4518726 Headbanger
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Hey "Thought Processor"






I'm up your ass from now on

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 16:49 | 4518545 Freddie
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Can you post a selfy?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:50 | 4518235 tip e. canoe
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don't forget the squirrel...and the white shrouded corpse being dumped off rear port right out of frame.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:52 | 4518241 pods
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It will be llike Southpark hunting rules:



Thu, 03/06/2014 - 16:05 | 4518304 SDRII
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US Military Transit Center in C. Asia Completes Last Operation


"Conspiracy theories, typically promulgated by Kremlin-friendly Russian media, have also abounded about Manas being used as an electronic surveillance post or even a staging facility for drug trafficking."


Thu, 03/06/2014 - 21:23 | 4519616 Wahooo
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We have boats named after Bush???  Good grief. Soon to be replaced by the USS Cankles probably.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:54 | 4518210 Pure Evil
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A mighty fine ship she be, arrrhhh!


Maybe Disney can make a movie out of it.

Pirates of the Black Sea

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:58 | 4518268 Ignatius
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She's a beauty, alright.

How many left after the first 15 minutes of super-power combat?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 16:30 | 4518447 Dr. Richard Head
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Beyond there be fiat dragons....arggghhhhhh!!!!!

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 16:31 | 4518459 Wolferl
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"Das muss das Boot abkönnen"


Old German saying.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:28 | 4518116 Occident Mortal
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Meh Putin's style is to smash his opponent face in using their own playbook.

Non-violence? Referendums? Democracy? Self-determination?

This are OUR VALUES.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:32 | 4518143 Groundhog Day
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Attention All ZH'ers, remember the words of N as soon as you her the gunfire.  SPX 2000 here we come

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:34 | 4518149 Freddie
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The US Navy and the McCain klan (Admiral pappy and gran pappy) - Killing American sailors since they sold out the USS Liberty and the USS Pueblo just to name a few.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:49 | 4518224 Chuck Knoblauch
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A USO show of the Queen in drag might frighten the people on the other side. I'm sure they could erect a big screen on deck and broadcast the show from the S&M room at WH HQ.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 16:56 | 4518569 Freddie
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Will this be a gay cruise on the new Gay US Military?  Sailor suits optional?

The Russians need a good joke.  Fly over one of those piece of shit F-35s for a real good laugh.  What a MIC piece of shit.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 17:56 | 4518837 nightshiftsucks
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Wow Freddy very obvious with your gay facination that your a pole smoker.By the way dumb fuck there aren't any operational F35 squadrons so keep dreaming your gay little fantasy.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 21:41 | 4519685 post turtle saver
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I don't know about a Trojan Horse... the US could have really sent a big "fuck you" reply by steaming an Arleigh Burke in there that was ABMD capable... well, officially capable anyway wink wink nudge nudge say no more lol

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:23 | 4518079 Winston Churchill
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USS Maine ?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:26 | 4518104 tarsubil
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Just look at those poor fucking kids that are being sent off for a fool's mission. Nothing good, no matter what.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:29 | 4518123 onewayticket2
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agree....and if they're lucky enough to get back home, they have a layoff staring them in the face.


Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:35 | 4518157 Freddie
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Remember the Maine! (to hell with Spain!)

Another false flag.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:58 | 4518233 JRev
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Don't foret the Lusitania, the Titanic, (Olympic?), Pearl Harbor, and the Gulf of Tonkin, either. False flags abound. For some reason, these fuckers love sinking ships... after over 100 years of this garbage, you think they'd mix it up a bit.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 16:25 | 4518421 Bosch
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So wait, Pearl Harbor was the Joooos now too? 

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 18:45 | 4519025 JRev
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For some reason, I don't recall making that accusation. Probably because I didn't.

The Naval Court of Inquiry and the Army Pearl Harbor Board, in 1944, came to the uncomfortable conclusion that Washington had significant foreknowledge of Pearl Harbor. The "Purple Code," Japan's naval encoding mechanism, had been broken by American Naval Intelligence months in advance of Pearl Harbor, revealing the exact time and location of the event in question. The commanders on the ground were left deliberately uninformed. These are the facts. Perhaps not an attack directly fomented by Anglo-American Establishment, but certainly one facilitated by it.

If you care for a history lesson on the matter, I'd recommend the first 20 or so minutes of the following presentation. You might even learn something, who knows:

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