AEGEAN SEA (NNS) -- USS Ross (DDG 71) will enter the Black Sea, May 23, 2015, to promote peace and stability in the region.
Ross's presence in the Black Sea will reaffirm the dedication and commitment of the United States toward strengthening the partnerships and joint operational capabilities amongst NATO and regional Black Sea partners.
"Ross's presence in the Black Sea will demonstrate the United States' commitment to the collective security of our NATO allies. We will work closely with our allies and partners to enhance maritime security, readiness, and naval capability, and to promote peace and stability in the region. We are committed to maintaining safety and security of the world's oceans and sea lanes. Through strengthened relationships in the Black Sea, we can expect an increase in peace and prosperity throughout the region."
-Commanding Officer, USS Ross (DDG 71), Cdr. Tadd Gorman
* The U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and International Law.
* USS Ross (DDG 71) entered Black Sea in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The United States continues to demonstrate its commitment to the collective security of our NATO allies and support for our partners in Europe, in light of the ongoing Russian intervention in Ukraine. All DoD efforts in support of our NATO allies in Eastern Europe fall under the umbrella of Atlantic Resolve.
* The U.S. has taken action, both bilaterally and through NATO, to demonstrate solidarity with our NATO allies and reassure them of our solemn commitment to their security and territorial integrity.
* The U.S. remains committed to maintaining a persistent presence in Eastern Europe. We look forward to further commitments by our allies to ensure a coordinated and continuous land, air and sea presence in the region as part of the commitments made at the NATO Summit.
* USS Ross (DDG 71), forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and stability in the Black Sea region.
* 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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