U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer USS Ross Enters Black Sea

The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) entered the Black Sea Feb. 16, 2018, to conduct maritime security operations and enhance regional maritime stability, as well as strengthen combined readiness and naval capability among NATO allies and partners.

Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to advance security and stability in the European region.

“We’re committed to building strong relationships here in the Black Sea region, which are crucial to peace and stability. Our presence here bolsters confidence and reassures allies of our commitment to security in the region”, said Cmdr. Bryan S. Gallo, the commanding officer of USS Ross.

A statement from the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa / U.S. 6th Fleet said that all U.S. Department of Defence (DoD) efforts in support of its NATO allies in Eastern Europe fall under Operation Atlantic Resolve. The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and international law.

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 joint, allied and interagency partners, to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

Ensign Nicholas McGrath, USS Ross



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