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  • 28 August 2014
    Authorities

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departed the Black Sea Aug. 26, after a series of engagements in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Here are five things to know about Vella Gulf’s time in the Black Sea:   1. This was Vella Gulf’s third time in the Black Sea. She first entered […]

  • 13 June 2014
    Authorities

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departed the Black Sea after a series of engagements promoting peace and stability in the region, June 12.   Vella Gulf’s mission, while in the Black Sea, was to work with NATO allies and European partners, demonstrating the United States’ commitment to strengthening and improving interoperability […]

  • 10 May 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    U.S. and Royal Moroccan Navy vessels took part in cooperation exercises in Moroccan waters on May 5. Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) conducted maritime interdiction operations (MIO) and small boat defense procedures with Moroccan patrol vessel P306 RMNS Commandant El Harti. MIOs have been a critical warfare area employed by the coalition navies. […]

  • 8 July 2014
    Authorities

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) entered the Black Sea, July 7, to promote peace and stability in the region.   While in the Black Sea, Vella Gulf will conduct a port visit in Bulgaria, then head back out to sea to participate in the Bulgarian-led exercise Breeze; Romania, Italy, Turkey and […]

  • 21 August 2014
    Authorities

    The Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) completed a two day port visit to Batumi, Georgia, Aug. 20.   Vella Gulf’s mission in the Black Sea is to work with NATO allies and European partners, demonstrating the United States’ commitment to strengthening and improving interoperability while working toward mutual goals in […]

  • 2 June 2014
    Authorities

    Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Varna, Bulgaria, for a scheduled port visit, May 30.   Vella Gulf’s presence in Bulgaria reaffirms the United States’ commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the region. “We are very excited […]

  • 21 April 2015
    Authorities

    Capt. Francis X. Castellano relieved Capt. Robert D. Katz as commanding officer of guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) during a change-of-command ceremony, April 17. Katz commanded Vella Gulf during a six-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. While deployed, Vella Gulf operated in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. […]

  • 9 July 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Burgas, Bulgaria for a scheduled port visit July 8.   Vella Gulf’s presence in Bulgaria reaffirms the United States’ commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the region. Upon departure, Vella Gulf […]

  • 5 June 2014
    Authorities

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) welcomed aboard U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during a scheduled port visit to Constanta, Romania, June 5.   Vella Gulf’s presence in Romania reaffirms the United States’ commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and […]

  • 26 August 2014
    Authorities

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departed the Black Sea after a series of engagements promoting peace and stability in the region, Aug. 25.   While in the Black Sea, Vella Gulf’s mission was to work with NATO allies and partners, demonstrating the United States’ commitment to strengthening and improving interoperability while […]

  • 12 August 2014
    Research & Development

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a scheduled port visit, Aug 11.   Vella Gulf’s presence in Romania and the Black Sea reaffirms the United States’ commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the […]

  • 18 August 2014
    Authorities

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Batumi, Georgia, for a scheduled port visit, Aug. 18.   While in Georgia, Vella Gulf is scheduled to participate in a joint training exercise with the Georgian Navy focusing on signaling and visit, board, search and seizure tactics. Vella Gulf will also host a […]

  • 7 July 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) conducted joint maritime operations with the Turkish navy fast attack craft TCG Dogan (P 340) and TCG Marti (P 341) after departing Kusadasi, Turkey on July 6.   Vella Gulf, Dogan and Marti conducted a surface exercise and a flag communication exercise during the engagements. Capt. […]

  • 17 March 2014
    Training & Education

    Guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), departed Naval Station Norfolk March 14 on a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding waters.   “It is an honor to command USS Vella Gulf as we set sail to the 6th Fleet area of operations to enhance maritime security,” said Capt. Robert D. Katz, the […]

  • 11 August 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) conducted a division tactics exercise with the Turkish navy fast attack craft TCG Tuzla (P 1200) in the Black Sea, Aug. 8.   Vella Gulf and Tuzla conducted tactical maneuvering during the exercise. U.S. Navy ships regularly hold similar events with allies and partners to foster […]

  • 10 July 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf helped kick-off the at-sea phase of the Bulgarian-led maritime training exercise BREEZE in the Black Sea, July 9.   The exercise includes naval units from Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Romania, Turkey and P-3 aircraft from Patrol Squadron 4. The exercise will consist of air defense, surface warfare, mine swept […]

  • 11 June 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) participated in a bilateral underway engagement with the Turkish navy corvette TCG Bykada (F 512) in the Black Sea, June 10.   The engagement provided U.S. Navy assets an opportunity to work with Turkey to improve maritime capabilities and interoperability in a number of maritime mission […]

  • 7 August 2014
    Authorities

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) has entered the Black Sea, Aug. 6, to promote peace and stability in the region.   Vella Gulf’s mission is to improve interoperability and work toward mutual goals, demonstrating the United States’ commitment to strengthening the collective security of NATO allies and partners in the region. […]

  • 14 July 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) and other naval forces from Bulgaria, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Romania completed the at-sea portion of Exercise Breeze, July 11.   A multinational, Bulgarian-led maritime exercise, Breeze consisted of a wide variety of drills across the full spectrum of operations, including air defense, surface warfare, and […]

  • 28 May 2014

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) transiting the Black Sea on May 24. The cruiser entered the Black Sea on May 23.   Vella Gulf is deployed in a multi-mission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to contribute to regional maritime security and to support NATO operations and deployments […]

  • 19 August 2014
    Authorities

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departed Constanta, Romania, to participate in the underway portion of Romanian Navy Day, Aug. 15.   Romanian Navy Day is a national holiday celebrated every year on Aug. 15. During the celebration, the Romanian Navy conducted a parade of ships, and a Romanian Navy SA-330 Puma […]

  • 23 May 2014
    Training & Education

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) will enter the Black Sea Friday, May 23, to promote peace and stability in the region.   Vella Gulf’s mission is to work with NATO allies toward mutual goals, demonstrating the United States’ commitment to strengthening and improving interoperability in the region. The U.S. Navy routinely […]

  • 3 June 2014
    Authorities

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Constanta, Romania for a scheduled port visit, June 3.   Vella Gulf’s presence in Romania reaffirms the United States’ commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the region. “This is an […]

  • 21 September 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    The US Navy’s guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) returned to its Naval Station Norfolk homeport on Sept. 20 after a six-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Operations.   Vella Gulf, homeported in Norfolk, Va., deployed March 14, 2014, to conduct naval operations with allies and regional partners in support of […]

  • 5 May 2014
    Training & Education

    Sailors assigned to guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) held a Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony during a port visit to Haifa, Israel, April 27.   Vella Gulf’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Robert Katz; Executive Officer, Capt. Francis Castellano, Command Master Chief Scott Nagle; the chaplain, and other Sailors took turns reading an account of the Holocaust […]

  • 30 November 2017
    Vessels

    The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Agadir, Morocco, on November 28, for a scheduled port visit, the U.S. Navy said. As explained, the visit serves to enhance U.S.-Morocco relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability. Vella Gulf, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting maritime operations […]

  • 8 November 2013
    Training & Education

    Coast Guard assets and the Navy cruiser USS Vella Gulf responded Thursday to alerts from three sailboats more than 200 miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. Coast Guard Fifth District watchstanders received two alerts via a satellite tracking device and a third alert via an emergency position indicating radio beacon, each from a separate sailboat. […]

  • 15 July 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departed the Black Sea, July 14, after completing a round of engagements designed to strengthen ties with partners and allies in the Black Sea region.   While in the Black Sea, Vella Gulf conducted a port visit in Bulgaria to prepare for her participation in the Bulgarian-led […]

  • 19 December 2017
    Authorities, Vessels

    US Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) wrapped up eight months of operations in the US 5th Fleet area of operation returning to her homeport at Naval Station Norfolk on December 15.  The cruiser got underway on April 23, as an independent deployer, to support maritime security operations in the Persian Gulf. With […]