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U.S. Navy Destroyer Heads for Waters Near Ukraine for Exercise

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun
The guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103), assigned to the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group, pulls into Souda Bay, Greece, for a scheduled port visit on March 3, 2014. Truxtun is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. MC2 Jeffrey M. Richardson / U.S. Navy

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Editor's note: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the U.S.S. Truxtun had entered the Black Sea.

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Navy destroyer was en route to the Black Sea on Thursday - but it had nothing to do with tension in Ukraine, Pentagon officials said.

The U.S.S. Truxtun was due to take part in a pre-planned exercise involving Romanian and Bulgarian vessels.

Pro-Russian forces effectively took control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in the wake of last month's ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych.

Moscow has denied any role in the apparent occupation. After a meeting with his Russian counterpart Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. had "agreed to continue intense discussions in the coming days with Russia."

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Map of Ukraine with the Crimea region highlightedLonely Planet / Lonely Planet Images

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