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3/14 UPDATE: Guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun arrived in Bulgaria for a port visit.

Truxtun's stay in the Black Sea will allow the ship to host an exercise planning conference with NATO allies March 15.

'We are certainly excited to participate in every joint exercise we are afforded,' said Cmdr. Andrew Biehn, Truxtun's commanding officer. 'We train for months at home and every opportunity we get to hone these skills with our allies is incredibly valuable.'

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NORFOLK (AP) -- A Norfolk-based ship is heading to the Black Sea.

The Navy says the USS Truxtun left Greece on Thursday to conduct training and theater security engagements with Romanian and Bulgarian naval forces. The Navy says the operations in the Black Sea were scheduled well in advance of its February departure from the United States.

Truxtun, a guided-missile destroyer, has a crew of about 300 and is on a regularly-scheduled deployment with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group.

AP-WF-03-06-14 1455GMT

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