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US destroyers enter Barents Sea for first time in over 3 decades

Navy strengthens activity in the Arctic

Fast combat support ship USNS Supply and the Royal Navy Duke-class frigate HMS Kent conduct a replenishment at sea in the Barents Sea while training in the Arctic Circle on May 3. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

NEW YORK -- Four U.S. Navy ships entered the Barents Sea off Russia for the first time in more than 30 years, the Navy said Monday, in what is seen to be part of a new Arctic strategy.

Three Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyers -- the USS Donald Cook, the USS Porter and the USS Roosevelt -- and the fast combat support ship USNS Supply were joined by the British Royal Navy's HMS Kent for maritime security operations to assert freedom of navigation and demonstrate seamless integration among allies, the announcement said.

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