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USS Ross Hosts US-Spain Permanent Committee

January 22, 2019 at 8:14 PM UTC
Ensign Drake Davis

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) welcomed delegates from the U.S.-Spain Permanent Committee on Jan. 16, 2019, for a tour as part of their visit to Naval Station Rota, Spain.

The visit gave the committee an opportunity to see first-hand how U.S. and Spanish forces aboard the installation work together on a daily basis. A tour of Ross, one of Rota’s four forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF), showcased how the partnership supports an agile force ready to be where they are needed when they are needed.

“Maintaining these relationships is critical to our mission here in FDNF Europe,” said Cmdr. David Coles, commanding officer of Ross. “The Spanish are great hosts here in Rota and we welcome any opportunity to strengthen our partnership.”

Coles led committee members on a tour of the Ross’s flight deck, forecastle, combat information center, and central control station prior to departing the ship to tour the Spanish multi-purpose amphibious assault ship Juan Carlos I.

The committee, established under the Agreement on Defense Cooperation, is composed of representatives from the U.S. and Kingdom of Spain who work together to promote defense cooperation between the two countries.

Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, is conducts naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. 

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

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