The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Constanta, Romania, Feb. 18, 2018 for a scheduled port visit.
The visit serves to enhance U.S.-Romanian relations as the two nations continue to work together for a stable and secure Europe.
Strengthening alliances during the port visit to Constanta demonstrates the shared commitment we have to promote security and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability with our NATO allies and partners in the Black Sea.
“Ross lives and trains with allies and partners from strategic locations all over Europe–and the Black Sea is no different. We look forward to working with our counterparts in the Romanian military and enjoying the hospitality of the people of Constanta during this port visit”, said Lt. Carleigh Gregory, Senior Watch Officer of USS Ross.
Ross entered the Black Sea to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to the collective defense of our NATO allies and partners. All Department of Defense efforts in support of our 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.
The ship’s operations in the Black Sea are meant to enhance maritime security and stability, as well as the combined naval capability and capacity among our allies and partners.
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, USS Ross