USS Ross Conducts PASSEX with Romania, Turkey and Ukraine

BLACK SEA – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with ships from, Romanian, Turkish and Ukrainian Navies Dec. 6, 2015.

The PASSEX was conducted in order to improve maritime capabilities between the U.S. and Black Sea Naval Forces.

Continue reading for some quick facts and additional links …

151206-N-XT273-730 BLACK SEA (Dec. 6, 2015) USS Ross (DDG 71) conducts advanced ship maneuvering training with ships from Turkey, Ukraine, and Romania during a passing exercise in the Black Sea Dec. 6, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released)

151206-N-XT273-730 BLACK SEA (Dec. 6, 2015) USS Ross (DDG 71) conducts advanced ship maneuvering training with ships from Turkey, Ukraine, and Romania during a passing exercise in the Black Sea Dec. 6, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released)

 

Quote:

“I was very happy to support this recent PASSEX with our allies and partners. Operating in the Black Sea and working with our allies provides us with an excellent opportunity to strengthen and reaffirm our partnerships. I look forward to future PASSEX opportunities with partner nations in these waters.”

- Cmdr. Russell Caldwell, USS Ross (DDG 71) commanding officer

Quick Facts:

  • The participating nations participated in advanced ship maneuvering, combined visit board, search and seizure training, and air defense exercises.
  • The previous day, Ross departed Varna, Bulgaria and conducted deck-landing qualifications with a Romanian IAR-330 Puma helicopter.
  • The U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with 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.
  • U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts that 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.
151206-N-XT273-055 BLACK SEA (Dec. 6, 2015) Turkish sailors from the Turkish ship Gokova (F496) conduct visit, board, search and seizure training aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) during a passing exercise in the Black Sea Dec. 6, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released)

151206-N-XT273-055 BLACK SEA (Dec. 6, 2015) Turkish sailors from the Turkish ship Gokova (F496) conduct visit, board, search and seizure training aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) during a passing exercise in the Black Sea Dec. 6, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released)

151206-N-XT273-255 BLACK SEA (Dec. 6, 2015) Sailors aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct visit, board, search and seizure training with Turkish sailors from Gokova (F496) during a passing exercise in the Black Sea Dec. 6, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released)

151206-N-XT273-255 BLACK SEA (Dec. 6, 2015) Sailors aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct visit, board, search and seizure training with Turkish sailors from Gokova (F496) during a passing exercise in the Black Sea Dec. 6, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released)

151206-N-XT273-578 BLACK SEA (Dec. 6, 2015) Sailors aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct replenishment-at-sea training with the Ukrainian Auxiliary ship Balta (U811) during a passing exercise in the Black Sea Dec. 6, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released)

151206-N-XT273-578 BLACK SEA (Dec. 6, 2015) Sailors aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct replenishment-at-sea training with the Ukrainian Auxiliary ship Balta (U811) during a passing exercise in the Black Sea Dec. 6, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released)

 

151205-N-XT273-664 BLACK SEA (Dec. 5, 2015) Sailors aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct deck-landing qualifications in the Black Sea with a Romanian IAR-330 Puma helicopter Dec. 5, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released)

151205-N-XT273-664 BLACK SEA (Dec. 5, 2015) Sailors aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct deck-landing qualifications in the Black Sea with a Romanian IAR-330 Puma helicopter Dec. 5, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released)

151205-N-XT273-719 BLACK SEA (Dec. 5, 2015) Sailors aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct deck-landing qualifications in the Black Sea with a Romanian IAR-330 Puma helicopter Dec. 5, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released)

151205-N-XT273-719 BLACK SEA (Dec. 5, 2015) Sailors aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct deck-landing qualifications in the Black Sea with a Romanian IAR-330 Puma helicopter Dec. 5, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released)

151205-N-XT273-979 BLACK SEA (Dec. 5, 2015) Sailors aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct deck-landing qualifications in the Black Sea with a Romanian IAR-330 Puma helicopter Dec. 5, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released)

151205-N-XT273-979 BLACK SEA (Dec. 5, 2015) Sailors aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) conduct deck-landing qualifications in the Black Sea with a Romanian IAR-330 Puma helicopter Dec. 5, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released)

151205-N-XT273-997 BLACK SEA (Dec. 5, 2015) A Romanian IAR-330 Puma helicopter pilot conducts deck-landing qualifications aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) in the Black Sea Dec. 5, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released)

151205-N-XT273-997 BLACK SEA (Dec. 5, 2015) A Romanian IAR-330 Puma helicopter pilot conducts deck-landing qualifications aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) in the Black Sea Dec. 5, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol 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 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released)

 

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 Additional Links:

USS Ross Arrives in Varna, Bulgaria

USS Ross to Enter Black Sea

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