NEWS | April 5, 2019

USS Ross Departs Rhodes, Greece

By Ensign Drake Davis, Public Affairs Officer, USS Ross (DDG-71)

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Rhodes, Greece, April 4, 2019 after a scheduled port visit. The visit enhanced U.S.-Greece relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability.

During the visit to Rhodes, Ross crewmembers enjoyed the scenery and weather of the Greek island while exploring the historic ruins of Rhodes and nearby town of Lindos.

“Our visit to Rhodes was a great opportunity for the Ross crew to explore a place nearly all had never been,” said Cmdr. Dave Coles, commanding officer of Ross. “Meanwhile, we received a large amount of stores and conducted key repairs ensuring Ross’ maximum readiness when we rejoin the Charles de Gaulle Strike Group.”

Ross’ Morale, Welfare, and Recreation committee coordinated numerous tours of the island including trips to nearby beaches, ruins, and a local’s guide to Rhodes.

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.

Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol to support U.S. national security interests in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.