The visit of the cruiser proves that the United States seeks to strengthen relations with NATO allies and partners like Georgia. The visit aims to contribute to promoting peace and stability in the Black Sea region, the embassy said.
The Ticonderoga class cruisers are armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, ASROC antisubmarine rockets and Standart-2 and Standart-3 ship-based missile systems. The cruisers can carry multipurpose helicopters.
The multi-mission cruiser Vella Gulf is 173 metres long, carries up to 400 crewmembers aboard and can achieve a speed of over 30 knots.