USS Vella Gulf Arrives in Romania

Release Date: 6/03/2014 | 0900

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) Public Affairs

CONSTANTA, Romania – The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Constanta, Romania for a scheduled port visit, June 3.

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BLACK SEA (June 3, 2014) - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) approaches Constanta, Romania for a schedule port visit. Vella Gulf is deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional maritime security and to support NATO operations and deployments throughout the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III/RELEASED) Join the conversation on Twitter follow us on Facebook and while you're at it check us out on Google+

Vella Gulf’s presence in Romania reaffirms the United States’ commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the region.

“This is an important time to reassure and demonstrate our commitment to work closely with NATO allies in order to enhance maritime security, readiness, and naval capability,” said Capt. Robert Katz, Vella Gulf’s commanding officer. “The relationships built during our bilateral and multilateral exercises are great ways to strengthen and improve interoperability between allies as we all work together toward shared mutual goals.”

While in Romania, Vella Gulf is scheduled to host the Fleet Commander of the Romanian navy along with other distinguished visitors. Sailors plan to remodel an orphanage, visit the Romanian Maritime Museum and tour the city of Constanta and the Romanian capital, Bucharest.

Vella Gulf, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional maritime security, conduct bilateral and multilateral training missions, and to support NATO operations and deployments throughout the region.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other partners in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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BLACK SEA (June 3, 2014) - Quartermaster 2nd Class Todd Marriott (left) and Operations Specialist 3rd Class Adam Leichner scan the horizon for surface contacts as the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) makes a scheduled port visit to Constanta, Romania. Vella Gulf is deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional maritime security and to support NATO operations and deployments throughout the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III/RELEASED) Join the conversation on Twitter follow us on Facebook and while you're at it check us out on Google+

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BLACK SEA (June 3, 2014) - Gunner's Mate Seaman Frank Bassett mans an M240B machine gun as the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) makes a scheduled port visit to Constanta, Romania. Vella Gulf is deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional maritime security and to support NATO operations and deployments throughout the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III/RELEASED) Join the conversation on Twitter follow us on Facebook and while you're at it check us out on Google+