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The U.S. Navy's aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush arrived in the Turkish port of Antalya on Sunday, March 9.

In addition, the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea, arrived in the Turkish port of Aksaz on March 9, according to the official website of the U.S. Navy.

 "The newest Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) arrived in Antalya, Turkey for a scheduled port visit, on March 9," reads the statement, Ukrinform reports.

This port visit is designed "to strengthen maritime security working with our Turkish partners."

 The guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt also arrived in Split, Croatia, for a routine, regularly scheduled port visit, on March 8. The guided missile destroyer USS Truxtun arrived in Romania for a scheduled port visit on March 8 to participate in joint exercises between the navies of the United States, Romania and Bulgaria in the Black Sea.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said earlier that the U.S. military was prepared to back up NATO if the unrest in Ukraine escalates.

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