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USS Ross Completes Forward Deployed Patrol, Returns to Rota

July 20, 2015 at 11:44 AM UTC

ROTA, Spain – USS Ross (DDG 71) returned to Naval Station Rota, July 20, 2015, after completing its second forward deployed patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, Departed March 18, 2015, and performed maritime security operations throughout the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea, and participated in numerous bilateral exercises with NATO allies and partners.

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ROTA, Spain – USS Ross (DDG 71) returned to Naval Station Rota, July 20, 2015, after completing its second forward deployed patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, Departed March 18, 2015, and performed maritime security operations throughout the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea, and participated in numerous bilateral exercises with NATO allies and partners.

Continue reading for some quick facts and additional links...

150720-N-FQ994-038 ROTA, Spain (July 20, 2015) USS Ross (DDG 71) returns to Rota, Spain July 20, 2015 after completing its second forward deployed patrol. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released) 150720-N-FQ994-038 ROTA, Spain (July 20, 2015) USS Ross (DDG 71) returns to Rota, Spain July 20, 2015 after completing its second forward deployed patrol. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

Quotes:

“USS Ross’ mission within the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea has been critical to reaffirm The United States commitment to security and stability in the region.  We now return to our homeport in Rota, Spain with confidence that our relationships with our NATO allies and regional partners are stronger and more developed. Our Sailors displayed operational excellence during this deployment to make our mission an overall success and I’m proud of each and every one of them.”

–Cmdr. Tadd Gorman, USS Ross commanding officer

 

QUICK FACTS:

  • During this patrol Ross conducted tactical exchanges with naval forces from Cyprus, Ukraine, Turkey, and Greece.
  • Ross made port visits to Haifa, Israel; Souda Bay, Greece; Larnaca, Cyprus and Gaeta, Italy over the course of the patrol.
  • Ross entered the Black Sea in May, strengthening partnerships and reassuring NATO allies as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
  • While in the Black Sea, Ross participated in passing exercises with the Ukrainian and Romanian Navy.
  • Ross received the 2014 Atlantic Fleet Arleigh Burke Award for their superior performance and improvement in battle efficiency. Capt. James Aiken, commodore, Destroyer Squadron 60 presented the trophy aboard Ross during an all-hands call.
  • Many embarked Sailors achieved career milestones during the patrol. Among the accomplishments 30 Sailors advanced to the next rank and pay grade and 19 Sailors earned their Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification.
  • Ross,  the second of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be forward deployed in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, arrived in Rota June 2014.
  • During Ross’ previous patrol from July to November 2014, it conducted a number of operations and engagements including Exercise Sea Breeze.
  • 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 and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
150720-N-FQ994-078 ROTA, Spain (July 20, 2015) Sailors handle mooring lines aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) as the ship returns to Rota, Spain July 20, 2015 after its second forward deployed patrol. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released) 150720-N-FQ994-078 ROTA, Spain (July 20, 2015) Sailors handle mooring lines aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) as the ship returns to Rota, Spain July 20, 2015 after its second forward deployed patrol. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)
150720-N-FQ994-106 ROTA, Spain (July 20, 2015) Gas Turbine Systems (Mechanical) 1st Class James Wainio, from Ashland, Wisconsin, greets family members pier side in Rota, Spain after completing a patrol aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) July 20, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released) 150720-N-FQ994-106 ROTA, Spain (July 20, 2015) Gas Turbine Systems (Mechanical) 1st Class James Wainio, from Ashland, Wisconsin, greets family members pier side in Rota, Spain after completing a patrol aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) July 20, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)
150720-N-FQ994-123 ROTA, Spain (July 20, 2015) Electronic Technician 2nd Class Roberto Santans, from Jacksonville, Florida, greets family members pier side in Rota, Spain after completing a successful deployment aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) July 20, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released) 150720-N-FQ994-123 ROTA, Spain (July 20, 2015) Electronic Technician 2nd Class Roberto Santans, from Jacksonville, Florida, greets family members pier side in Rota, Spain after completing a successful deployment aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) July 20, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

Additional Links:

USS Ross Receives Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy

USS Ross Conducting Underway Exercise with Ukrainian Navy

Video of USS Ross Interaction with Russian Aircraft

Navy Statement on USS Ross (DDG 71) Interaction with Russian Aircraft

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