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USS Ross Completes Third FDNF Patrol
During the third FDNF patrol for USS Ross (DDG 71), the ship and its crew conducted various port visits and exercises with allies and regional partners in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain after completing its third forward deployed patrol in U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations March 21, 2016.
The ship deployed from Naval Station Rota Nov. 21, 2015 and conducted three port visits, two international exercises, one international passing exercise (PASSEX), and numerous ballistic missile defense exercises.
“Ross is proud to complete our third ballistic missile defense patrol, which contributed to U.S. national security interests by operating forward in support of the U.S.’s commitment to the defense of Europe. We enjoy the opportunity to work alongside our NATO allies and partners in promoting international security and stability.”
– Cmdr. Russell Caldwell, USS Ross (DDG 71), commanding officer
“I am proud of the high level of focus and dedication to the mission the crew exhibited throughout the patrol, and we look forward to returning home to Rota to reunite with families and loved ones.”
– Cmdr. Bryan Gallo, USS Ross (DDG 71), executive officer