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Ross and Porter Fire Tomahawk Missiles into Syria

April 7, 2017 at 11:03 AM UTC
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 7, 2017) Guided-missile destroyers USS Porter (DDG 78) and USS Ross (DDG 71) conducted strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017.

"Last night, two of our forward-deployed ships, the USS Porter and the USS Ross, conducted strikes into Syria. This was in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. I just want to say that the commanding officers of both those ships, Russ Caldwell and Andria Slough, performed magnificently, along with their crews. What is also important is that this was a cross-combatant commander mission, and that the integration of the operations cells and all of the teams supporting from the planning to the execution was just flawless. It's an example of the strength of the United States Navy and our ability to project power around the globe."

- Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Adm. Michelle Howard