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USS Ross Returns to Rota

November 17, 2016 at 2:58 PM UTC
Petty Officer 1st Class Theron Godbold

ROTA, Spain – The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) returned to Rota, Spain after conducting a four month long patrol that began in July 2016.

Ross took part in Exercise Sea Breeze 2016 and were attached to the Charles de Gaulle strike group in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, it spent 127 days on patrol in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, conducting 9 port calls while deployed.

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"This has been an incredible patrol which has reaffirmed our commitment to our allies and partner nations in the region.  I couldn't be more proud of our crew and their remarkable professionalism they have shown over the past four months and I think every one is looking forward to a little down time with their families."

                                                                                                                                                                                                  - Commanding Officer USS Ross
                                                                               Cmdr. Russell Caldwell

"We have had a very successful patrol supporting our partner and allied nations with various exercises and operations throughout the Mediterranean and Black Seas.  I feel this was a very challenging patrol but our sailors were more than ready for the task at hand and I am happy that we are heading home with everyone safe aboard."

- Command Master Chief USS Ross
                                                                                     Master Chief Ricardo Galvan
Quick Facts: 
Ross provided multi-warfare defense support to the Charles de Gaulle carrier strike group in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea in September, 2016, which conducted operations against identified ISIL positions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Ross participated in Exercise Sea Breeze 2016, an annual exercise held in the Black Sea and co-hosted by Ukraine and the United States. The exercise enhanced interoperability with Black Sea and regional partners and strengthen regional security through air, land and sea components, which tests forces' capabilities throughout the full spectrum of operations.
During patrol, Ross visited Odessa, Ukraine, Toulon, France, Larnaca, Cypress, and Souda Bay, Greece.
Ross traveled over 18,000 miles, received over 13,000 pounds of mail, used over 2.6 million gallons of fuel, consumed over 920 gallons of milk and over 33,000 individual eggs and purchased more than three million dollars worth of supplies to support vital missions in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.
Ross worked with allies and regional partners to help develop and improve our maritime forces, maintain regional security and work toward mutual goals in order to advance security and stability in Europe.
USS Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, conducted naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. The ship deployed from Naval Station Rota July 14, 2016.
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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