REYKJAVIK, Iceland (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Reykjavik, Iceland, for a scheduled port visit, June 18, 2017.
The ship's port visit serves to enhance U.S.-Iceland relations as the two nations work together for a stable and secure Europe.
"Ross' port visit to Iceland highlights our commitment to all of our NATO allies and our ability to conduct multi-nation missions throughout the entire European theater. As activity in the North Atlantic increases, we remain committed to ensuring regional security through our maritime partnerships."
Cmdr. Bryan S. Gallo
commanding officer, USS Ross (DDG 71)
"This is something new for the ship. It's a clear demonstration of our continuing and strengthening relationships with Iceland and NATO."
Lt. Harry Gregory
anti-terrorism officer, USS Ross (DDG 71)
"I joined the Navy to see the world, so I'm really looking forward to our port visit in Iceland. It's an experience I never would've gotten outside of the Navy."
Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Marissa Romero
USS Ross (DDG 71)
* Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Reykjavik demonstrates enduring relationships and our shared commitment to promoting safety and stability within the region while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability.
* The ship's presence in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations is a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security and NATO under Operation Atlantic Resolve.
* USS Ross departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, for the ship's fifth patrol in the U.S 6th Fleet area of operations, April 3rd, 2017. Ross (DDG 71), forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is on a routine deployment conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and stability in Europe.
* U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
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