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USS Ross Arrives in Haifa
HAIFA, Israel - The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Haifa, Israel May 7th, 2017, for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-Israel relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous region.
The ship’s presence in the Mediterranean Sea is a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security of our regional partners.
“Ross’ port visit to Haifa demonstrates our resolve to maintaining an active presence in the area and engaging with our partners on common security goals,” said Cmdr. Bryan S. Gallo, commanding officer of USS Ross (DDG 71). “We look forward to meeting with our counterparts in the Israeli Defense Forces and experiencing Israel’s rich culture.”
“These receptions are a reflection of the dynamic interoperability opportunities which this theatre provides,” said Ensign Avi Chatterjee, the ship’s operations intelligence officer.
The crew will also be participating in two community relations projects at the Ofek Nashi Women’s Shelter and the Haifa Zoo. They will also have the chance to visit historic sites throughout the country on organized tours.
“It’s always exciting for the crew to experience a new culture, and what better way to immerse ourselves than with historic day trips to Jerusalem, Nazareth, and the Dead Sea,” said Ensign Breeanna Pashman, Ross’s Morale Welfare and Recreation Officer.
Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Haifa demonstrates enduring relationships and our shared commitment to promoting safety and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.