MEDITERRANEAN SEA — Petty Officer 3rd Class John Azevedo from South River, N.J., reviews a drill set during an engineering training team environment aboard USS Ross (DDG 71).
Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is providing multi-warfare defense support to Charles de Gaulle carrier-based operations in the Eastern Mediterranean against identified ISIL positions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea. The Navy is uniquely positioned to protect America’s interests anywhere, and at any time.
Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans. Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that.
They are there now. They will be there when we are sleeping tonight. They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year. They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.
The ship is named for Medal of Honor recipient Donald K. Ross, the second Navy vessel of the name. This ship is the 21st destroyer of its class. USS Ross was the 10th ship of this class to be built and she was launched on 22 March 1996 and was christened on 10 April 1996. On 28 June 1997, she was commissioned from Galveston, Texas.
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