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USS Ross Enters Black Sea

February 17, 2018 at 9:10 AM UTC
Ensign Nicholas McGrath

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) entered the Black Sea Feb. 16, 2018, to conduct maritime security operations and enhance regional maritime stability, as well as strengthen combined readiness and naval capability among NATO allies and partners.


Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to advance security and stability in the European region.


“We’re committed to building strong relationships here in the Black Sea region, which are crucial to peace and stability. Our presence here bolsters confidence and reassures allies of our commitment to security in the region.”


- Cmdr. Bryan S. Gallo, commanding officer, USS Ross

Quick Facts: 
All DoD efforts in support of our NATO allies in Eastern Europe fall under Operation Atlantic Resolve.
The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and international law.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with joint, allied and interagency partners, to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
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