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U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet

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

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet

By Shawn Eklund
May 31, 201

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.

Ross observed the routine flights of SU-24 aircraft and had no interaction while both operated in international waters. Ross continued on her mission after observing the aircraft return to base. At no time did Ross act aggressively nor did she deviate from her planned operations. The conduct of her crew has been and continues to be professional.

The U.S. Navy operates ships in the Black Sea on a routine basis, consistent with the Montreux Convention and International Law.

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