By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrea Rumple
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) arrived in Gdynia, Poland alongside other NATO ships prior to the start of BALTOPS 50, June 5, 2021.
Roosevelt is one of more than 40 ships from 18 nations scheduled to participate in the 50th iteration of BALTOPS, the premier maritime exercise in the Baltic sea, June 6-18.
Roosevelt moored in Gydnia to refuel following its recent participation in At-Sea Demonstration/Formidable Shield 2021. During the exercise, the ship launched two Standard Missiles (SM-2) against four drone targets, while simultaneously launching two SM-3s against Enhanced Dynamic Test Targets (EDTT).
“Roosevelt’s participation in At-Sea Demonstration/Formidable Shield 2021 highlights U.S. commitment to interoperability and warfighting excellence with our NATO Allies and partners,” said Cmdr. Ryan Kendall, Roosevelt’s commanding officer. “We look forward to future opportunities such as Exercise Baltic Operations 50 to hone our skills and further these professional relationships.”
Roosevelt, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, began its second Forward Deployed Naval Forces-Europe (FDNF-E) patrol March 29 in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.
Roosevelt 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.