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USS Ross Departs on Sixth FDNF Patrol

January 9, 2018 at 9:11 AM UTC
Ensign Nicholas L. McGrath, Public Affairs Officer, USS Ross (DDG 71)

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, Jan. 8, 2018 to begin its sixth forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.


The ship’s patrol is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to strengthening strategic partnerships in the European and African region. 



“After a challenging and productive in-port period, Team Ross is excited to be back on mission in the European Theater of Operations.  As we begin our sixth FDNF patrol, we look forward to building relations with our NATO allies and performing any national tasking assigned to us.”

-Command Master Chief Richard L. James Jr., Command Master Chief of USS Ross

Quick Facts: 
Ross, 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. 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.