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USS Ross Hosts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

October 13, 2018 at 8:20 AM UTC
Ensign Drake Davis

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) held a reception to honor the U.S. Navy’s 243rd birthday Oct. 11, 2018


The reception also served as a celebration of the U.S.-Israel alliance and a demonstration of both nations’ commitment to ensuring the continued strength of the relationship. USS Ross welcomed many distinguished military and civilian guests aboard, including the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.     

Cmdr. David Coles, commanding officer of Ross, led Netanyahu and Friedman on a tour of the ship. As they walked the ship, Cmdr. Coles explained its multi-mission capabilities r and presented Ross’ navigational equipment in the pilot house. After the tour, the official party took the opportunity to view the harbor before arriving on the flight deck to address the guests.

The reception is an illustration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to ensuring security in the Middle East and strengthening the relationship with Israel as a strategic partner. The official party spoke of the strong U.S-Israel military alliance and the two nations’ resolve in the defense of freedom worldwide.

“The close relationship between our nations extends much further than military to military,” said Coles during a speech reflecting on his travels throughout Israel, “Born of shared values and vision, it is personal.”

Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is currently conducting a routine patrol to support U.S. national security interests in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and inter-agency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.




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