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USS Ross Departs Iceland

June 20, 2017 at 1:40 PM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price

The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Reykjavik, Iceland, upon completing a scheduled port visit, June 20, 2017.


This was Ross’ first port visit to Iceland. The ship’s crew explored the natural beauty of the country in activities ranging from hiking through a landscape of geysers and waterfalls to horseback riding through the volcanic rocks. In the welcoming capitol city of Reykjavik, Sailors visited landmarks and local shops and tried dishes such as lamb and puffin.

The ship's port visit served to enhance U.S.-Iceland relations as the two nations work together for a stable and secure Europe.

“It’s a beautiful country, and I’m glad we had the opportunity to come here.”
Lt. Ryan J. Sisler
Chief Engineer, USS Ross (DDG 71)
Quick Facts: 
Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Reykjavik demonstrates enduring relationships and our shared commitment to promoting safety and stability within the region while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability.
The ship's presence in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations is a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security and NATO under Operation Atlantic Resolve.
USS Ross departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, for the ship's fifth patrol in the U.S 6th Fleet area of operations, April 3rd, 2017. Ross (DDG 71), forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is on a routine deployment conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and stability in 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 and security and stability in Europe and Africa.





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