The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile cruiser USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Constanta, Romania Feb. 21, 2018 after completing a scheduled port visit.
The visit served to enhance U.S.-Romanian relations as the two nations work together to strengthen security and stability in the Black Sea.
Abigail Rupp, deputy chief of mission, U.S. Embassy, Bucharest, visited the ship on Feb. 20 to meet the officers and crew onboard. Crewmembers enjoyed the hospitality of Constanta, while some toured Bucharest on morale, welfare, and recreation sponsored-outings.
The ship’s presence in the Black Sea is to enhance our combined capability and interoperability with our NATO allies and partners. The U.S. Navy operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with international law, including the Montreux Convention.
“As NATO allies, we stand together to ensure a Europe that is whole, free, prosperous, and at peace. Port visits like these solidify these bonds that create lasting partnerships that are crucial in that mission”, said Cmdr. Bryan S. Gallo, Commanding Officer, USS Ross (DDG 71).
USS 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.