US troops arrive in Romania

MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania (AP) — Five hundred U.S. troops began to arrive in a Romanian Black Sea port with tanks and hardware to bolster defense in this East European NATO nation.

The U.S. embassy said the “Fighting Eagles,” 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, will be stationed in the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in eastern Romania, on a rotational basis.

U.S. Ambassador Hans G. Klemm said today the development underscored that “the strong U.S.-Romania strategic partnership exists in both word and deed.”

He said the presence “expands our capacity ….in maintaining peace and security in southeastern Europe and the Black Sea region.”