Second US Warship Enters Black Sea To "Promote Peace And Stability"

Tyler Durden's picture

Less than two short weeks ago, the US sent their first warship into The Black Sea to "reassure NATO allies and Black Sea partners." Since then, thing shave escalated and then de-escalated last week with the so-called "truce deal." So why is the US sending a second ship? The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), homeported in Mayport, Fla., will enter the Black Sea April 22 to "promote peace and stability in the region." We are sure that Putin will stand idly by and watch as NATO and the US build forces on his borders, but no matter how aggressive his response, the US Navy combat dolphin and sea lion team will not accompany the mission.


As Navy reports,

The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), homeported in Mayport, Fla., will enter the Black Sea April 22 to promote peace and stability in the region.



The U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and International Law. Taylor's mission is to reassure NATO allies of the U.S. Navy's commitment to strengthen and improve interoperability while working toward mutual goals in the region.


Taylor recently completed repairs at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece. After a round of sea trials that measured the vessel's performance, general seaworthiness, speed and maneuverability, she has now resumed her operations.


Taylor is deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional maritime security, conduct bilateral and multilateral training missions, and to support NATO operations and deployments throughout the region.

We are sure Putin will simply watch and not respond in any way as this happens, but as The Guardian reports,

However ominously martial Russia’s actions toward Ukraine have become, the next combatants in the crisis will not be the US navy’s fleet of dolphins.



Yes, the navy trains and keeps dolphins, whose powerful innate echolocation abilities help sailors spot suspicious undersea objects that might be mines. The marine mammal enlistees are the aquatic equivalent of the dogs, whose sophisticated sense of smell has aided US soldiers in the hunt for homemade insurgent bombs on land.

But, contrary to reports, the dolphins are not accompanying the USS Donald Cook to the Black Sea.

Russia’s Izvestia newspaper recently asserted that a team of US dolphins had formed a maritime security perimeter around the Cook, a guided missile destroyer the US recently sent to international waters near Ukraine.

Last week, Russian fighter jets passed over the warship in a move the Pentagon considered a provocation, but it is unclear what the dolphins would have done to confront Russian airpower.


The question is moot, since, according to the navy, the dolphins were never alongside the Cook in the first place.

“There is no truth to this report,” said Lieutenant Commander Katie Cerezo, a navy spokeswoman.

The dolphins and sea lions are rarely deployed. In addition to worldwide demonstrations and exhibitions, the vast majority of actual naval dolphin operations are conducted in US harbors and ports, said Ed Budzyna, a spokesman for the naval marine mammal program.


“As far as being deployed to other regions and areas, that doesn’t really happen,” Budzyna said. “I don’t believe they were ever at the Black Sea."

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Tengri Temujin's picture

Its the Black Sea how the heck are we going to see it at the bottom when its sunk?

Wolferl's picture

Stupid move. If Putin kills Flipper he´ll be dead on the PR front. Doesn´t anyone know how to lead a propaganda war at the Pentagon?

New England Patriot's picture

War is peace, chaos is stability.

NotApplicable's picture

So long, and thanks for all of the fish.

Also, don't forget your towel.

BlindMonkey's picture

"So long, and thanks for all of the fish."

Funny. The GF and I are planning on leaving the US soon. We call it "dolphin mode" because of this Adams' quote.

mjcOH1's picture

"Stupid move. If Putin kills Flipper he´ll be dead on the PR front. Doesn´t anyone know how to lead a propaganda war at the Pentagon?"


Sort of like this:

"In mid-2000, the U.S.Navy removed the frigates' Mk 13 single-arm missile launchers and magazines because the primary missile, the Standard SM-1MR, became outmoded.... The "zone-defense" anti-aircraft warfare (AAW) capability has vanished, and all that remains is a "point-defense" type of AAW armament."


IE... it's defenseless.   The Russians know it.   The Kenyan dares not goad the bear.  

This is merely to (try to) convince the US electorate he's not an impotent sap.

kchrisc's picture

"The Russians know it."

I hope the Israelis don't know it.

Winston Churchill's picture

NEWSFLASH; Putin deploys killers whales to Chesapeake Bay.

Leaping Lizard's picture

Now when they send in the Navy Seals they have to include a barrel of fresh fish.  Wish we wouldn't contaminate other species with our psychopathy.

Tompooz's picture

Gotta love Orwell.  


Yea! Let's send a peace-ship!

intric8's picture

This development is double plus good! The ministry of love has assured us that the spreading of love will result from this. They are making LOVE, not war. [ns]

monkeyboy's picture

Brought to you by Sea World...

ZerOhead's picture

Dispatch a dolphin with a camera.

swmnguy's picture

Mutant Sea Bass. Sharks with fricking "laser" beams.

drink or die's picture

Wasn't the Taylor the ship that ran aground during Sochi?


edit: Yes, it was. They got a new captain though, so maybe this time they will be able to drive it straight.

Truther's picture

Trying another run for it. Could damage it the first time.

navy62802's picture

Gulf of Tonkin, Black Sea Edition.

IronForge's picture

She's Floating Fodder - designed to taunt and distract TEAM_RUS.

A Twilight Assignment before Decommisioning.  Maybe they'll try to stage a SINKEX (Sinking Excercise - i.e., Target Practice) along with a NeoCon Propaganda Show.

FFGlets are too vulnerable on their own.  

Do Ms. Nuland and Oligarchs have Torpedo Boats, Small Submarines, or Manned Torpedoes at their disposal?

ebworthen's picture

Nothing like wasting taxpayer dollars to send two ships to toot around the Black Sea.

And how is that de-escalation in any sense of the word?

cougar_w's picture

A couple of cruise missles each and those boats are on the bottom.

This is theater and everyone has read the script.

Omen IV's picture

Russian Sukhoi Su -24 with the newest jamming complex paralyzed in the Black Sea the most modern American combat management system "Aegis" installed on the destroyer "USS Donald Cook". Pavel Zolotarev, Deputy Director, Institute of USA and Canada, shares details about this version which is being actively discussed in the Russian media and by bloggers.

US destroyer "Donald Cook" with cruise missiles "Tomahawk" entered the neutral waters of the Black Sea on April 10. The purpose was a demonstration of force and intimidation in connection with the position of Russia in Ukraine and Crimea. The appearance of American warships in these waters is in contradiction of the Montreux Convention about the nature and duration of stay in the Black Sea by the military ships of countries not washed by this sea.

In response, Russia sent an unarmed bomber Su- 24 to fly around the U.S. destroyer. However, experts say that this plane was equipped with the latest Russian electronic warfare complex. According to this version, "Aegis" spotted from afar the approaching aircraft, and sounded alarm. Everything went normally, American radars calculated the speed of the approaching target. And suddenly all the screens went blank. "Aegis" was not working any more, and the rockets could not get target information. Meanwhile, Su-24 flew over the deck of the destroyer, did battle turn and simulated missile attack on the target. Then it turned and repeated the maneuver. And did so 12 times.

Apparently, all efforts to revive the "Aegis" and provide target information for the defence failed. Russia's reaction to military pressure from the United States was profoundly calm, feels the Russian political scientist Pavel Zolotarev:

The demonstration was original enough. A bomber without any weapons, but having onboard equipment for jamming enemy radar, worked against a destroyer equipped with "Aegis", the most modern system of air and missile defence. But this system of mobile location, in this case the ship, has a significant drawback. That is, the target tracking capabilities. They work well when there is a number of these ships which can coordinate with each other somehow. In this case there was just one destroyer. And, apparently, the algorithm of the radar in the "Aegis” system on the destroyer did not load under the influence of jamming by the Su-24. It was therefore not only a nervous reaction to the fact of flying around by the Russin bomber which was common practice during the Cold War. The reaction of the Americans was due to the fact that most modern system, especially its informative or radar part, did not work adequately. Therefore, there was such a nervous reaction to the whole episode.
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nightshiftsucks's picture

Bullshit,and I have aa 12" penis.hahhahha

knukles's picture

And "Donald Cook" is now Baron of Skidmarks and Lord High Smearies.  
Jerry Kohn says he has a 14" penis, BTW 

StychoKiller's picture

Continuing with ZH tradition:  "So, ya say he's hung like a horse?"

BlindMonkey's picture

Flat BS. How would anyone external know the screens went dark?

You CANNOT resign from the US military except if you are an officer. This sounds to me like old fashioned Pravda drivel.

Tengri Temujin's picture

Not unless afterwards they picked up communications between the ship and HQ describing what happened.

I mean they got Nuland on the phone.

HardAssets's picture

I'm very skeptical. They didn't even get the number of U.S. crew members right.

Sounds like b.s. - maybe for the American public so they are less supportive of US military actions ?  (As if the fed govt listens to the American people. The author has a lot to learn about the U.S.)

angel_of_joy's picture

Su-24 is an old, old aircraft (operational in 1974). The Aegis sytem is the newest (and the most expensive) the USN has to date.

If this is even half true, the Russians got a huge ROI out of it...

HamRove's picture

"Peace And Stability"

War is Peace
Slavery is Freedom yada yada yada

ZerOhead's picture

More tuna-free dolphin in my can thanks...

QQQBall's picture

Flipper is on our side, so how can anything go wrong.

Charles Nelson Reilly's picture

Make sure the Japs ain't around... Dolphin meat has replaced sex for a lot of them

TruthInSunshine's picture

A U.S. Navy trained Special Forces, MacGyver Kung-Fu Dolphin - ON EARTH DAY!

It probably is trained to fly a carbon monoxide emitting, jet fuel sucking F-22 Raptor (the one that malfunctions, rendering pilots unconscious), and also don a bomb protective suit to do "the long walk" and defuse bombs/mines a la Hurt Locker style, too.

Putin is rumored to have already given the order to release the Spetsnaz trained Russian Orca Team 6 as a countermeasure to the Navy Dolphin Deployment.

WMM II's picture

"the US Navy combat dolphin and sea lion team will not accompany the mission."



at least the dolphin has common sense enough.



knukles's picture

No SeaWorld for you, Commander Perry
Eat your peas ... straight out the can...

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Morose code, BTW

knukles's picture

Oh yeah.
Hey, I'm on Governemt Quality System ....


Actually it's in Japanese (yes, that's a bit twisted and sick, but....)

Tengri Temujin's picture

But they are bringing in the fighting fish

They will go up against the Russian ones when each side meets in the zodiacs in the middle of the black sea with their fish in big glass bowls.  Then the real wargames begin.

McMolotov's picture

Remember the Taylor!

marcusfenix's picture

yeah, cause nothing screams "peace and stability " like more warships, more troops, more combat aircraft and more sanctions...

yet somehow when the the nukes start flying Washington will still swear this is all Russia's fault.


2014 is shaping up to be one epically shitty year.

knukles's picture

So Get Your Ass Long the S&P, Buy Lots of Calls on the S&P, Short the VIX on the S&P, Go Leveraged on the S&P, Jerk Off on the S&P, Watch Porn on the S&P, Eat Your Peas on the S&P, Scream Bloody Murder About the S&P....

Gringo Viejo's picture

"The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.".....Orwell

TheEndIsNear's picture

Quibble: Please hire a proof-reader. I work cheap. Sometimes the typos are so terrible it slows reading down to a crawl. For example, what sort of Chinese reference is this:  "Since then, thing shave escalated,..."

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

"Since then, thing shave escalated the vacancy rate large part of, as people stunned and appalling rough. Housing the property firmly dangdang arrived to a foreign land. Who also can not predict ugly bestiality on its head the inevitable results of it perish fate."

As you can see, it makes more sense in the proper context.

docmac324's picture

Key Words: "Carrier Battle Group".  When you here this, then too much money has been spent to go home empty handed.