When the Navy destroyer USS Donald Cook sailed into the Baltic Sea in April 2016, it had been more than two years since Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine.
Tensions between Russia and its NATO and European neighbors were still high, and the intervening period had seen a number of uncomfortable and even unsafe encounters between their forces, for which NATO often criticized Russia.
Adm. James Foggo, then a vice admiral in charge of the Navy's Sixth Fleet, had those in mind as the Cook sailed into the Baltic.
U.S. forces in Europe are getting smarter and more flexible. But they still lack firepower.
That's one problem that U.S. Air Force general Tod Wolters, the commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, described in a wide-ranging interview that Air Force magazine published in April 2019.
A U.S. service member has been released after being detained at the Istanbul airport over allegations that he was linked to cleric Fethullah Gülen, a top spokeswoman for U.S. European Command confirmed.
The Department of Defense is reportedly analyzing whether or not it is feasible to conduct a large-scale withdrawal or transfer of U.S. troops in Germany, according to a Washington Post report published on Friday.
The U.S. European Command has just released a series of photos that captured a recent mid-air tango between a U.S. RC135U surveillance plane and an armed Russian SU-27 Flanker that occurred over the Baltic Sea this week.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Ford Williams
Several Russian aircraft flew close to a U.S. destroyer conducting routine operations in the Black Sea in three separate incidents last week that were deemed “unsafe and unprofessional” by the ship’s commander, an American military spokesman said Tuesday.