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The U.S. Navy is sending the USS Donald Cook, a destroyer equipped with the Aegis missile defense system, into the Black Sea to support Ukraine, the NBC television channel has reported.

"Pentagon spokesperson Colonel Steve Warren confirmed that a ship is heading to the Black Sea in the coming days to 'reassure our allies of our commitment to the region,'" reads the report.

The USS Donald Cook, a guided missile destroyer based in Rota, Spain, will take part in to-be-scheduled exercises with allies in the region - most likely pass exercises, where ships from different nations pass one another while at sea - and the Donald Cook will make several to-be-scheduled port calls.

The last U.S. Navy ship in the Black Sea was the USS Truxton. It departed on March 21.

Six countries border the Black Sea, including Ukraine and Russia and the Russian-annexed Crimea.

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