International Fleet Parade for 60th Anniversary of Tunisan Navy

October 16, 2018 – The participation of a large number of foreign military vessels and ships in a naval parade in Tunisia reflects the confidence of these countries in the “stability process” in Tunisia, Navy Captain Noureddine Chakroun told reporters on Tuesday. He was speaking at the end of the naval parade held by the Ministry of Defence in the Gulf of Tunis off La Goulette, on the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Navy. Organized for the first time in the history of the Navy, this parade brought…

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USS Carney Joins Ross in the Black Sea

USS Carney (DDG 64) joined USS Ross (DDG 71) in the Black Sea to conduct maritime security operations Feb. 17, 2018. A second U.S. Navy ship in the Black Sea is part of an operational schedule that helps sustain the U.S. Navy’s operational presence in the region. These naval activities will be conducted in accordance with international law, including the 1936 Montreux Convention which regulates maritime traffic through the Dardanelles and Bosphorus international straits. “Our decision to have two ships simultaneously operate in the Black Sea is proactive, not reactive,”…

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USS Ross in Exercise African Sea Lion

USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Agadir, Morocco, Jan. 13, 2018, after a scheduled port visit to participate in Exercise African Sea Lion with the Royal Moroccan Navy frigate Tarek Ben Ziyad. One of African Sea Lion’s objectives is to test and evaluate U.S. and Moroccan ability to conduct coordinated, combined naval surface fire support exercises on the Tan Tan firing range. “Engagements such as these strengthen the bonds between the U.S. and our partners as we work peace and prosperity in the region,” said Cmdr. Bryan S. Gallo commanding officer…

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USS Ross Visits Agadir, Morocco

USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Agadir, Morocco, Jan. 10, 2018, for a scheduled port visit. The visit serves to enhance 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. “Our crew looks forward to this port visit and relationships we expect to build here. These types of visits allow us to gain enhanced ties with our partners and allow our crew to experience the hospitality of Agadir…

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USS Ross Departs on Sixth FDNF Patrol

USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, Jan. 8, to begin its sixth forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. The ship’s patrol is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to strengthening strategic partnerships in the European and African region. “After a challenging and productive in-port period, Team Ross is excited to be back on mission in the European Theater of Operations. As we begin our sixth FDNF patrol, we look forward to building relations with our NATO allies and…

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USS Porter Completes Patrol; Returns to Rota

April 11, 2017 – USS Porter (DDG 78) returned to Naval Station Rota following the completion of its third forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol, April 11, 2017. Porter departed Rota Nov. 30, 2016, to conduct naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. During the patrol, Porter participated in Romanian-led multinational exercise Sea Shield 2017 and Allied Maritime Command-led multilateral exercise Dynamic Manta 2017, interacting with multiple allied and partner nation navies. In addition, Porter, along with USS Ross…

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USS Ross Arrives in Larnaca

April 10, 2017 – USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Larnaca, Cyprus, April 10, for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.- Cyprus relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure, and prosperous Europe. The ship’s presence in the Mediterranean is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to strengthening our strategic partnerships in the European region.

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Ross, Porter Commanding Officers Receive Phone Calls from President Trump

April 9, 2017 – Commanding officers of USS Ross (DDG 71) and USS Porter (DDG 78) received phone calls from President Donald J. Trump today. The president called to thank the commanding officers, Cmdr. Russell Caldwell and Cmdr. Andria Slough, and their crews for their professionalism and quick response to the tasking to conduct a cruise missile strike against Shayrat airfield in western Syria April 7. This strike was in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. Ross, commanded by Cmdr. Russell Caldwell, forward-deployed to Rota,…

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President Trump Orders Missile Attack in Retaliation for Syrian Chemical Strikes

USS Porter conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea. Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. Navy video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ford Williams April 6, 2017 – The United States fired Tomahawk missiles into Syria today in retaliation for the regime of Bashar Assad using nerve agents to attack his own people. President Donald J. Trump ordered the attack on Al-Shayrat Air Base, the base from which the chemical attack on Syria’s…

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USS Ross Begins Fifth FDNF Patrol

April 3, 2017 – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain to begin its fifth scheduled forward-deployed patrol in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe April 3. Ross’s patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations serves to bolster relationships with allies and regional partners, and its participation in theater exercises will contribute toward improving our maritime forces and maintaining security and stability in the region.

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“Speed-to-Fleet” Answered the Call Missiles On-Target “Skin to Skin”

April 3, 2017 – The United States Navy’s Forward Deployed Naval Force-Europe (FDNF-E) just completed a remarkable tactical milestone marked by two live-missile intercepts fired from USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and USS Ross (DDG 71) in the Gulf of Cadiz on Spain’s southwestern coast. On the afternoon of March 30, Donald Cook and Ross each successfully intercepted anti-ship cruise missile target drones with live missiles fired from the ships’ new SeaRAM close-in weapons systems. As part of the Navy’s “Speed to Fleet” program, the SeaRAM self-defense missile system was…

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USS Ross commanding officer visits SAS Amatola

March 24, 2017 – Cdr. R. J. Caldwell, commanding officer of USS ROSS (DDG 71), visited with the wardroom and crew of the South African frigate SAS Amatola (F145) during its port visit to Rota, Spain, March 20. Caldwell went aboard the Amatola for an unofficial visit in the interest of establishing good rapport with a fellow warship. As a native of South Africa, Caldwell shared many of the same personal childhood experiences as the crew members he interacted with. Their family histories, cultural values, and mannerisms were all too…

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