LARNACA, Cyprus (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departs Larnaca, Cyprus to continue operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, April 14.
The ship's presence in the Mediterranean is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy's continued commitment to strengthening our strategic partnerships in the European region.
"Larnaca provided a stunning backdrop for our change of command ceremony, and the crew enjoyed a few days of quality rest on the southern coast of Cyprus. What really stands out about this city is the welcoming locals who have always made our experiences positive."
Cmdr. Bryan S. Gallo
commanding officer, USS Ross
Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Cyprus demonstrates enduring relationships and a shared commitment we have to promote safety and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability with partners like Cyprus.
Ross is currently working with allies and regional partners to help develop and improve our maritime forces, maintain regional security and work toward mutual goals in order to advance security and stability in Europe.
Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests 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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