The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Vlore, Albania, Feb. 9, 2018, for a scheduled port visit.
The visit serves to enhance U.S.-Albania relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability.
“It is great to be in Albania. As NATO Allies, the enduring friendship between our countries is strong. This port visit provides us with an opportunity to meet with the people of Vlore, and to experience the rich history and culture of Albania”, said Cmdr. Bryan S. Gallo, the commanding officer of USS Ross (DDG-71).
The port visit to Vlore builds enduring relationships and emphasizes our shared commitment to promoting security and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability as UN members.
The most recent U.S. Navy port visit to Albania was USS Porter (DDG 78) in September 2015.
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 allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
Ensign Nicholas McGrath