In 1984, the USS Coontz transited into the Black Sea and sailed eight miles off the coast of the then-Soviet Union to exercise the U.S.'s right to free passage in international waters.  This video depicts a portion of that operation.  The shoreline of Yalta can be seen in the background, as well as a few Soviet ships following the USS Coontz.  Special thanks for this video goes to Joe Kramer, who was a BM3 aboard the Coontz at the time.  If you have any photos or videos from the USS Coontz you would like to share, please email them to