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USS Ross to Enter Black Sea

July 22, 2016 at 8:45 AM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Theron Godbold

BOSPHORUS STRAIT – The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) transited the Bosphorus Strait July 22, en route to the Black Sea to take part in Sea Breeze 2016.

Ross will be participating in the 15th iteration of Sea Breeze, which is an annual exercise held in the Black Sea designed to enhance interoperability and strengthen regional security.

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“The USS Ross looks forward to turning into the Bosphorus Straits once again to participate during this year’s iteration of Sea Breeze.

- Cmdr. Russell Caldwell, USS Ross (DDG 71), commanding officer

Quick Facts: 
The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and international law.
Ross is currently working with allies and regional partners to help develop and improve our maritime forces, maintain regional security and work toward mutual goals in order to advance security and stability in Europe.
USS Ross, forward-deploy 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. The ship deployed from Naval Station Rota July 14, 2016.
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.

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