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NEWS | April 26, 2019

USS Ross Completes Bilateral Exercise with Georgian Coast Guard

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

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) participated in maritime interoperability training with Georgian maritime counterparts on April 25, 2019, in the Black Sea after getting underway from Batumi following a scheduled port visit.


Ross’ visit, board, search, and seizure team completed several maritime interdiction exercises with the Georgian Coast Guard. The teams practiced executing compliant boarding and seaworthiness inspection techniques. Additionally, the Georgian Coast Guard vessels sailed in formation with Ross to exercise dynamic maneuvering.


“Today’s exercise was an excellent opportunity,” said Cmdr. Dave Coles, commanding officer of Ross. “The Georgian Coast Guard’s ability to execute effective training is as impressive as their famed hospitality. I know I can speak for the entire Ross crew when I say we look forward to our return to Georgia”


The U.S. routinely practices interoperability and high-end warfare with allies and partners.

Multinational training enhances interoperability partners and allies allowing to maintain vigilance to the degree necessary to promote a secure and peaceful region.


Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its  8th patrol conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.


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.