USS Paul Ignatius calls in at Rīga port

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The United States Navy missile ship-destroyer “USS Paul Ignatius” paid a visit to Rīga port on Thursday. The ship, which is on a planned patrol in the Baltic Sea, carries out surveillance and participates in joint training with NATO's allied Maritime Command, Latvian Television reported September 15.

The nearly 160-meter-long “USS Paul Ignatius” entered the port of Riga on Thursday morning. The vessel deployed in Spain has spent the summer in the Baltic Sea, participating both in joint training with ships and military personnel from other NATO member states and in carrying out observation missions.

The US destroyer ship visits Rīga port for the first time. The aim of the visit, as usual, is to demonstrate collective security and the presence of the US army in the region.


The captain of the ship told LTV that since the war launched by Russia in Ukraine, the daily routine of the ship's crew has also changed slightly and has become more intense.

The USS Paul Ignatius has both close combat and long distance weapons onboard, ensuring a battle range of a few meters to several thousand kilometers.

As previously reported by LSM, Rīga was also recently visited by another impressive vessel, the USS Kearsarge.

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