The guided missile cruiser USS Winston S. Churchill arrived in Sudan, the U.S. Navy reported on Monday, days after a Russian frigate conducted a visit.
The cruiser’s visit to Port Sudan came a week after that of the fast transport ship USNS Carson City, the first port visit by a U.S. warship to Sudan and an arrival meant to initiate a partnership with Sudan’s military.
Sudan agreed to normalize relations with Israel in October 2020. This prompted the United States, two months later, to remove Sudan from the U.S. list of countries supporting terrorism. The delisting was preceded by the 2019 ouster of Sudanese strongman Omar al-Bashir.
“Together with Sudan’s civilian-led transitional government, we are striving to build a partnership between our two armed forces,” Rear Adm. Michael Baze, director of maritime headquarters, Navy Africa, U.S. Sixth Fleet, told Africa24.news.
A Russian warship, the frigate Admiral Grigorovitch, visited the port last week on Friday.
An agreement between Russia and Sudan, which outlined the creation of a logistical support center in Sudan for repairs and resupply, was announced in 2019. The deal limits Russia’s presence to 300 military and civilian personnel, and a maximum of four ships.