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By Andrew Tilghman, Staff writer
As tens of thousands of Russian troops remain along Ukraine’s eastern border, the Pentagon is sending an additional Navy ship to the Black Sea and will station 175 additional Marines in Romania along the Black Sea Coast, a defense official said Wednesday.
The Navy ship will be the first to enter the Black Sea since the destroyer Truxtun left March 21. It will arrive within the next few days to conduct joint exercises with U.S allies in the region, a Defense Department spokesman, Army Col. Steve Warren, said.
“This is to effort to reassure our allies of our steadfast commitment to the region,” Warren told reporters Wednesday.
He declined to say which specific vessel or type of vessel the Navy will send.