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USS Ross Departs Constanta, Romania
The 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.”
- Cmdr. Bryan S. Gallo, commanding officer, USS Ross (DDG 71)