The commander of a US carrier strike group has said he is "comfortable" with the threat posed by Russia as the ship visits the UK.
USS Harry S Truman moored in the Solent close to Portsmouth Naval Base to allow its 5,000 sailors to visit the local area with pubs, football matches and visits to historical attractions including HMS Victory and Stonehenge top of the agenda.
Earlier this year, the Commanding Officer of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, Captain Jerry Kyd, described the Russian threat in the Atlantic as 'eye-watering'.
But Rear Admiral Eugene Black, commander of carrier strike group 8 of the US Navy, disagrees:
"They are professional mariners, good aviators, I am not sure I would go as far as eye-watering, I don't lose sleep over them.
"I'm not sure I want to go into describing the threat but I can say we bring a lot of combat power, and when you match it up with Queen Elizabeth in the near future and some of our other NATO partners, I am very, very comfortable at our ability to operate where we wish, when we wish."
Rear Admiral Black described his ship as a "pretty impressive symbol of power and flexibility".
Explaining his strike group's deployment strategy in response to Russia, he said:
"The best description is dynamic force deployment, so we are strategically predictable and operationally unpredictable.
"We are up here operating in the north Atlantic and I think it sends the best signal possible of our commitment to NATO, our partners in the region and how seriously we take our commitments in this part of the world."