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U.S. 6th Fleet Commander Visits Naval Station Rota

May 2, 2017 at 1:32 PM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian Dietrick, NAVSTA Rota Public Affairs

Vice Adm. Christopher Grady, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, visited Naval Station Rota, Spain, April 24- 25 for the first time since he assumed his current command in October 2016.


Grady was accompanied by U.S. 6th Fleet Command Master Chief Richard O’Rawe and during their visit to the installation they participated in a Commander, Task Force (CTF) 68 operational capabilities exhibition, met with Spanish Navy leadership and visited the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Porter (DDG 78) and USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) to speak with their leadership and crews.

"This was my first visit to Naval Station Rota since I assumed command of U.S. 6th Fleet,” said Grady. “I was most impressed with the well trained, competent Sailors of CTF-68, USS Porter, and USS Donald Cook. Our Rota Sailors keep their cutlasses sharp, and are ready and capable war fighters who can respond to any situation with professionalism and speed." The CTF-68 units that took part in hosting the operational capabilities exhibition included Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8 and Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Company Europe. During the exhibition, the units highlighted airfield damage repair operations, heavy equipment utilization, improvised explosive device detonation, pier security and expeditionary ordnance loading.


Grady and O’Rawe concluded their trip by visiting senior leadership from the Spanish Navy and touring the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) and speaking with the officers and crew.

“I was fortunate to meet with the war fighters of CTF-68, USS Porter and USS Donald Cook, and I emphasize war fighters,” said O’Rawe. “These Sailors are well trained, motivated and if called upon stand ready to fight tonight.”


Grady, a native of Newport, Rhode Island, also serves as Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO; deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe - Africa; and Joint Force Maritime Component commander Europe.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests, security and stability in Europe and Africa.