By U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs
CONSTANTA, Romania (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a scheduled port visit, Sept. 5.
Ross' 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.
"Our visit to Romania is so much more than just a port call," said Cmdr. Tadd Gorman, commanding officer of Ross. "A ship's primary mission is not just at-sea training and maintaining warfighting readiness, but we also have a unique opportunity to meet new people and build relationships."
This is Ross' first port visit since beginning her patrol in the Black Sea. While in Constanta, Sailors will be engaging with their Romanian counterparts and hosting dinners for guests and dignitaries.
"I have never been in the Black Sea before, and now getting to experience some of the Eastern European culture is just a fantastic opportunity," said Boatswain's Mate Seaman Brett Ragan.
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.
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.