USS Ross Arrives in Ukraine

Story Number: NNS191226-05Release Date: 12/26/2019 10:41:00 AM
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From the Office of the Navy Chief of Information

ODESSA, Ukraine (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, Dec. 24 for a scheduled port visit as part of its continued Black Sea presence and support to regional partners.

While in port, Ross crewmembers explored the Odessa city center, including the Odessa Opera House, Catacombs, and Yarmarka Christmas Market, as well as enjoy the local Ukrainian cuisine.

The last ship to visit the Black Sea was USS Porter (DDG 78) in October. While in the Black Sea, the ship also conducted scheduled port visits to Odessa, Ukraine, and Batumi, Georgia, to strengthen U.S. relations with both nations.  

Porter also visited the Black Sea in August to conduct scheduled port visits to Constanta, Romania; Varna, Bulgaria; and Golcuk, Turkey. In July, USS Carney (DDG 64) participated in exercise Sea Breeze 2019 and conducted maritime interoperability training with Standing NATO Maritime Group Two.

In April, USS Ross (DDG 71) conducted maritime training with Bulgaria and Georgia and a replenishment-at-sea with Turkey. In February, USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) conducted maritime interoperability training with the Turkish Yavuz-class frigate TS Fatih (F 242) and conducted a port visit to Odessa, Ukraine. In January, Donald Cook and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) conducted port visits to Georgia and Romania, respectively.

“Team Ross has been looking forward to visiting Odessa for a long time” said Cmdr. Scott Jones, executive officer of Ross. “Especially during the holiday season, we can’t wait to explore this beautiful city and meet the wonderful people who make it great.”

The U.S. Navy routinely operates in the Black Sea consistent with international law, including the Montreux Convention.

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) heave in line during a sea and anchor evolution.
191224-N-CJ510-0083 ODESSA, Ukraine (Dec. 24, 2019) Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) heave in line during a sea and anchor evolution, Dec. 24, 2019. Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is currently on its ninth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrea Rumple/Released)
December 26, 2019
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