By Ensign Amy Skaggs, Public Affairs Officer, USS Roosevelt (DDG 80)
Capt. Joseph Gagliano, Commodore, Destroyer Squadron 60 (DESRON 60) and Commander, Task Force 65 (CTF 65), embarked the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), April 14, 2021.
Capt. Gagliano and his staff joined ship’s company at a brief-stop-for-fuel in Souda Bay in preparation for maritime security operations in the Aegean Sea.
“Whenever security challenges arise our job is to provide options for our nation’s leaders,” said Gagliano. “Our ability to quickly maneuver ships throughout the theater does just that.”
U.S. Sixth Fleet presence in Europe is highly important to supporting NATO and protecting U.S. national interests. The embarkation furthers this ability by placing DESRON 60 leadership on scene, increasing the speed of decision-making at the tactical edge. Roosevelt Sailors are eager to incorporate the complement of skilled watch standers and tacticians into ship’s company.
“Hosting our top leadership is an excellent opportunity for the Commodore and his staff to see how Roosevelt operates on a day-to-day basis,” said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marc Ramos.
Capt. Gagliano commands a Surface Action Group comprised of Roosevelt and USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) as they set to execute U.S. Sixth Fleet tasking.
The U.S. Navy routinely operates throughout the region training with NATO Allies and partners, increasing capacity and capability while strengthening regional ties.
Roosevelt, along with embarked MH-60R Sea Hawks, 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 FDNF-E 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 interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.