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

Tyler Durden's picture

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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tenpanhandle's picture

Coming from Greece?  Could be Trojan horse.

ZerOhead's picture

"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...

Looney's picture

It looks like a grey extra large JET SKI  ;-)


Divided States of America's picture

On the missile destroyer USS George W.H. Bush is a lifeboat named USS George W. Bush

SWRichmond's picture

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?

Joe Davola's picture

Gotta check the Truxton's facebook page...

kliguy38's picture

I don't know bout u but I feel a LOT safer now............

Thought Processor's picture




That's a fine lookin' target.

johnQpublic's picture

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

john39's picture

tell him to watch their six for unmarked (israeli) subs compliments of the german taxpayer.

ZerOhead's picture

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...

Thought Processor's picture



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'.

12ToothAssassin's picture

Would this be any relation to Truxton Spangler? Nice tie in with a ship blocking the harbor. #Rubicon ??

El Diablo Rojo's picture

These 300 sailors need to say goodbye to their loved ones real soon.....

Parisnights's picture

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!


Johnny Cocknballs's picture

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.

Thought Processor's picture



Remember Liberty?


Sorry, the pun was just screaming to be made.

johnQpublic's picture

isnt there a recording of the 'send it to the bottom' conversation with LBJ on yotube somewhere?

Thought Processor's picture



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.

Blazed's picture

@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. 

Dr. Destructo's picture

Funny how the truth ends up being anti-semetic.

Freddie's picture

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,.

post turtle saver's picture

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

f16hoser's picture

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...

Headbanger's picture

Hey "Thought Processor"






I'm up your ass from now on

tip e. canoe's picture

don't forget the squirrel...and the white shrouded corpse being dumped off rear port right out of frame.

pods's picture

It will be llike Southpark hunting rules:



SDRII's picture

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."


Wahooo's picture

We have boats named after Bush???  Good grief. Soon to be replaced by the USS Cankles probably.

Pure Evil's picture

A mighty fine ship she be, arrrhhh!


Maybe Disney can make a movie out of it.

Pirates of the Black Sea

Ignatius's picture

She's a beauty, alright.

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

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Beyond there be fiat dragons....arggghhhhhh!!!!!

Wolferl's picture

"Das muss das Boot abkönnen"


Old German saying.

Occident Mortal's picture

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.

Groundhog Day's picture

Attention All ZH'ers, remember the words of N as soon as you her the gunfire.  SPX 2000 here we come

Freddie's picture

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.

Chuck Knoblauch's picture

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.

Freddie's picture

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.

nightshiftsucks's picture

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.

post turtle saver's picture

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

tarsubil's picture

Just look at those poor fucking kids that are being sent off for a fool's mission. Nothing good, no matter what.

onewayticket2's picture

agree....and if they're lucky enough to get back home, they have a layoff staring them in the face.


Freddie's picture

Remember the Maine! (to hell with Spain!)

Another false flag.

JRev's picture

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.

Bosch's picture

So wait, Pearl Harbor was the Joooos now too? 

JRev's picture

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: