By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christine Montgomery, USS Ross Public Affairs
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Gdynia, Poland, for a scheduled logistics stop as part of a continued Baltic Sea presence in support of regional stability, Nov. 25.
Ross recently conducted training scenarios with NATO Allies in the Baltic to include a series of maneuvering exercises, air and surface tactics, and data link exercises with Polish Navy frigate General Kazimierz Pulalski (F272) and passing exercises with Latvia and Lithuania.
“Our presence in the Baltic allows us to demonstrate our continued commitment to strengthening our partnership with our Allies,” said Cmdr. John D. John, commanding officer of Ross. “We are looking forward to the exercises over the next few days that will help us enhance our interoperability as we work towards supporting regional stability in the Baltic.”
Exercises with NATO Allies and regional partners improve collective interoperability and training and demonstrate the U.S. commitment to maintaining regional stability in the Baltic.
Ross completed 13 days of uninterrupted operations in the High North prior to entering the Baltic Sea, conducting the full spectrum of maritime, communications, and tracking exercises in the extreme Arctic environment with the support of Henry J. Kaiser-class replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO-203). This marked the third time this year U.S. Navy destroyers have operated in the Barents Sea.
In the face of a global pandemic, Ross has continued to maintain a COVID-free bubble during scheduled stops by ensuring all social distance and sanitation measures are in place throughout all operations in port.
Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, began its tenth Forward Deployed Naval Forces-Europe (FDNF-E) patrol Aug. 29 in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.
Ross is one of four U.S. Navy destroyers based in Rota, Spain, and assigned to Commander, Task Force 65 in support of NATO’s Integrated Air Missile Defense architecture. These Forward-Deployed Naval Forces-Europe ships have the flexibility to operate throughout the waters of Europe and Africa, from the Cape of Good Hope to the Arctic Circle, demonstrating their mastery of the maritime domain.
U.S. Sixth 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 security interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.