French Navy frigate enters Black Sea

French Navy frigate enters Black Sea

The French Navy's missile frigate FS Auvergne (D654) has entered the Black Sea, according to Marine Traffic and Black Sea News.

Thirty-one ships from NATO's non-Black Sea countries visited the Black Sea this year, the largest number since 2014.

"On December 13, 2021, at about 23:30 (22:30 Kyiv time), a missile frigate of the French Navy, FS Auvergne (board number D654), entered the Black Sea," the statement reads.

According to Black Sea News, 31 ships from NATO's non-Black Sea countries have been to the Black Sea since the beginning of 2021 as of December 14. This is the largest number - the same number as in 2014 - that is, for the entire period of Russia's occupation of Crimea.

As in previous years, most of NATO's non-Black Sea ship visits to the Black Sea in 2021 - 13 out of 31 - were provided by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet.

Four ships of NATO's non-Black Sea countries stayed in the Black Sea in November 2021, all of them from the U.S. Sixth Fleet.


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