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USS Ross Visits Agadir, Morocco

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS180111-04
Release Date: 1/11/2018 8:14:00 AM

By Ensign Nicholas L. McGrath, USS Ross Public Affairs

AGADIR, Morocco (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Agadir, Morocco, Jan. 10, 2018, for a scheduled port visit. The visit serves to enhance U.S.-Morocco relations as the two nations work together to strengthen regional security and stability.

The ship's presence in the North Atlantic is a demonstration of our continued commitment to regional security.

"Our crew looks forward to this port visit and relationships we expect to build here. These types of visits allow us to gain enhanced ties with our partners and allow our crew to experience the hospitality of Agadir along with the rich history of Morocco," said Cmdr. Bryan S. Gallo, commanding officer, USS Ross (DDG 71).

Quick Facts:

* Strengthening partnerships during the port visit to Agadir builds enduring relationships and emphasizes our shared commitment to promoting security and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability as UN members.

* Previous engagements with Morocco include USS Vella Gulf's November 2017 participation in exercise Atlas Handshake, a three day exercise which included maritime interdiction operation and visit, board, search and seizure training. Morocco is additionally a routine participant in the multinational maritime exercise Obangame Express. Obangame Express is one of three Africa regional Express series exercises facilitated annually by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet.

* Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain is currently conducting a routine patrol to support U.S. national security interests in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

* U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.



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