US Navy’s USS Ross (DDG 71) returned to Naval Station Rota, July 20, 2015, after completing its second forward deployed patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, Departed March 18, 2015, and performed maritime security operations throughout the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea, and participated in numerous bilateral exercises with NATO allies and partners.
During this patrol Ross conducted tactical exchanges with naval forces from Cyprus, Ukraine, Turkey, and Greece, and made port visits to Haifa, Israel; Souda Bay, Greece; Larnaca, Cyprus and Gaeta, Italy over the course of the patrol.
Ross entered the Black Sea in May, strengthening partnerships and reassuring NATO allies as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. While in the Black Sea, the vessel participated in passing exercises with the Ukrainian and Romanian Navy.
Ross, the second of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be forward deployed in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, arrived in Rota June 2014.
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