The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile cruiser USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Trieste, Italy Feb. 4, after completing a scheduled port visit.
The visit served to enhance U.S.-Italian relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability.
During the port visit, members of the Carabinieri and the Italian coast guard visited the ship to meet with the officers and crew. The Consul General in Milan, Elizabeth Lee Martinez, also visited the ship, accompanied by the deputy mayor of Trieste, Pierpaolo Roberti and the Prefect of Trieste, Annapaola Porzio.
“I cannot thank the people of Trieste enough for the warm hospitality they showed our crew. Port visits such as these strengthen the bonds between the U.S. and our NATO allies and partners as we work toward mutual goals”, said Cmdr. Bryan S. Gallo, the commanding officer of USS Ross.
USS Ross (DDG 71), 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.
Previous port visits to Italy include Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Monterey (CG 61) in Nov. 2017, USS Hue City (CG 66) in Aug. 2017 and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) in Dec. 2016.
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.
Ensign Nicholas L. McGrath, USS Ross