USS Ross Conducting Underway Exercise with Ukrainian Navy

BLACK SEA – The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) kicks off a two-day underway exercise with the Ukrainian navy Frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy (U 130), June 1, 2015.

The purpose of Ross’ presence in the Black Sea is to reassure NATO allies and regional partners of the United States’ commitment to working closely with them to enhance maritime security and stability in the region.

Continue reading for some quick facts and additional links…

150601-N-FQ994-311 BLACK SEA (June 1, 2015) Sailors from the Ukrainian navy Frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy (U 130) depart the ship in a rigid-hull inflatable boat to meet with the senior leadership of USS Ross (DDG 71) to discuss a two-day underway exercise scheduled to take place June 1-2, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, 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. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

150601-N-FQ994-311 BLACK SEA (June 1, 2015) Sailors from the Ukrainian navy Frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy (U 130) depart the ship in a rigid-hull inflatable boat to meet with the senior leadership of USS Ross (DDG 71) to discuss a two-day underway exercise scheduled to take place June 1-2, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, 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. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

Quotes:

“Working with our partners in the Black Sea helps build greater regional awareness. Naval exercises with partners like Ukraine allow us to increase our joint capabilities and interoperability. As always, their conduct was very professional, and working with them today made our relationship stronger.”

- Cmdr. Tadd Gorman, Commanding Officer, USS Ross (DDG 71)

Quick facts:

  • The 2-day exercise will be conducted in international waters and is scheduled to end June 2.
  • The U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and International Law.
  • USS Ross (DDG 71), forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on a routine patrol conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and stability in the Black Sea region.
  • Underway engagements such as this are often referred to as passing exercises, and consists of a series of at-sea scenarios designed to enhance maritime capabilities among participating nations. They typically include tactical maneuvering exercises, passenger transfers, bridge-to-bridge communication drills, and simulated threat defenses with aircraft.
  • Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, 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.

150601-N-FQ994-291 BLACK SEA (June 1, 2015) Cmdr. Russell Caldwell, executive officer USS Ross (DDG 71), center left, greets a senior officer from the Ukrainian navy Frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy (U 130) June 1, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, 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. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

150601-N-FQ994-291 BLACK SEA (June 1, 2015) Cmdr. Russell Caldwell, executive officer USS Ross (DDG 71), center left, greets a senior officer from the Ukrainian navy Frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy (U 130) June 1, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, 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. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

150601-N-FQ994-339 BLACK SEA (June 1, 2015) Lt. Matthew Owens, operations officer USS Ross (DDG 71), center left, meets with senior leadership from the Ukrainian Navy Frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy (U 130) regarding a two-day underway exercise scheduled to take place June 1-22, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, 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. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

150601-N-FQ994-339 BLACK SEA (June 1, 2015) Lt. Matthew Owens, operations officer USS Ross (DDG 71), center left, meets with senior leadership from the Ukrainian Navy Frigate Hetman Sahaydachniy (U 130) regarding a two-day underway exercise scheduled to take place June 1-22, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, 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. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

 

Additional Links:

Navy Statement on USS Ross (DDG 71) Interaction with Russian Aircraft

USS Ross to Enter Black Sea

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