The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Agadir, Morocco, Jan. 13, 2018, after a scheduled port visit. The port visit enhanced U.S.-Morocco relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability.
The ship’s presence in the North Atlantic is a demonstration of our continued commitment to regional security.
Cmdr. Bryan Gallo, commanding officer of Ross, hosted several Moroccan dignitaries and Moroccan military members while Ross crewmembers met with sailors from the Royal Moroccan Navy frigate Tarik Ben Zayad.
“Morocco was one of the first countries to accord recognition of the United States when it allowed American ships access to Moroccan ports in 1777 – a friendship that has endured for 240 years. Our visit is a testimony to this enduring relationship, and we look forward to working further with the Moroccan military to promote peace and security throughout the region”, said Cmdr. Bryan S. Gallo, commanding officer of Ross.
Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Agadir builds enduring relationships and emphasizes the shared commitment to promoting security and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance the interoperability as UN members.
Previous engagements with Morocco include USS Vella Gulf’s November 2017 participation in exercise Atlas Handshake, a three day exercise which included maritime interdiction operation and visit, board, search and seizure training. Morocco is additionally a routine participant in the multinational maritime exercise Obangame Express. Obangame Express is one of three Africa regional Express series exercises facilitated annually by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet.
Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting its sixth 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 L. McGrath, Public Affairs Officer, USS Ross (DDG 71)