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Surface Strike Group Ships To Deploy From Norfolk

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Story Number: NNS040428-07 Release Date: 4/28/2004 4:29:00 PM

From Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet Public Affairs NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- More than 1,000 Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyers USS Ramage (DDG 61) and USS Ross (DDG 71), and the guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) will deploy from Naval Station Norfolk April 30, in support of the global war on terrorism.

As a Surface Strike Group (SSG), Ramage, Ross and Elrod will participate in regional exercises with allies, make diplomatic port calls and respond to any contingency, including those associated with the ongoing war on terrorism.

Under their present configuration, they will serve as an independent, imposing force with a menacing strike capability. If the world situation requires, they are fully capable and ready to join any carrier or expeditionary strike group if called upon.

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