The United States is sending a guided missile destroyer to the Black Sea in order to reassure European allies in the region following Russia’s annexation of Crimea, sources confirmed on Monday.

“We have decided to send a ship into the Black Sea. We expect it will arrive there within a week,” said Pentagon spokesman Col. Steven Warren, without disclosing the name or type of the vessel citing “operational security.”

A Department of Defense official confirmed to AFP the warship being sent to the region was the USS Donald Cook, a guided missile destroyer. […]