By Ensign Shannon McKeon, Public Affairs Officer, USS Ross (DDG 71)
French navy Rear Adm. Marc Aussedat, commander of Task Force (CTF) 473 embarked aboard the French aircraft carrier FS Charles De Gaulle (R 91), visited the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) to tour the ship and to discuss Carrier Strike Group operations during mission FOCH in the Mediterranean Sea Feb. 15, 2020.
FOCH is a major naval deployment of the French Carrier Strike Group that demonstrates French engagement in the operation inherent resolve and the maritime interoperability among participating naval forces. In addition to Ross, this French led deployment brought together forces from Greece, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain, providing a training opportunity for all participants to improve combat readiness.
Cmdr. John John, commanding officer of Ross, hosted Aussedat aboard Ross. They were able to discuss the multi-mission capabilities of the destroyer and the added skills Ross brings to CTF 473.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to discuss our common objectives with Rear Adm. Aussedat as we work with the French Carrier Strike Group towards an integrated and adaptable presence,” said John.
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, security, and stability in Europe and Africa.