ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Rota, Spain for a scheduled patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility July 14.
This patrol serves to strengthen ties between U.S. and European allies while improving relations and promoting a stable, secure and prosperous region.
"We are looking forward to pulling out; our Sailors have worked and trained hard and are ready to execute the mission." - Command Master Chief Ricardo V. Galvan
This is Ross's 4th patrol since being forward deployed to Rota, Spain.
Ross is currently working with allies and regional partners to help develop and improve 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. The ship deployed from Naval Station Rota July 14.
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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