USS Ross begins fourth European patrol

U.S. Navy’s 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 is Ross’s 4th patrol since being forward deployed to Rota, Spain.

The patrol serves to strengthen ties between U.S. and European allies while improving relations and promoting a stable, secure and prosperous region.

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.

“We are looking forward to pulling out; our Sailors have worked and trained hard and are ready to execute the mission,” said Command Master Chief Ricardo V. Galvan.

Just two days earlier, on July 12, U.S. Navy’s guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, after finishing its fourth forward-deployed patrol in support of ballistic missile defense of Europe.