DDG 71
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The Ross (DDG 71) is the U.S. Navy's 21st Arleigh Burke-class guided-missle destroyer and is named in honor of Captain Donald Kirby Ross, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic actions aboard USS Nevada (BB 36) on December 7, 1941.

Her keel was laid down on April 10, 1995, in Pascagoula, Miss., and her christening was held one year later. Ross' plankowning crew moved aboard in April 1997 and sailed her to Galveston, Texas, for the commissioning on June 28, 1997.

After commissioning, DDG 71 sailed on a six-week Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trial and then traveled back to Pascagoula for a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). The destroyer then returned to its homeport of Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, and completed the Basic Training Phase including Engineering Certification, CART II, TSTA I, II, and III, Cruise Missile Tactical Qualification, Final Evaluation Period (FEP), and Logisitics Management Assessment (LMA).

Following completion of the Intermediate Training Phase, USS Ross participated in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) with the Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Battle Group, the last event in preparation for its maiden deployment which began on March 26, 1999. The ship supported Operations Allied Force and Noble Anvil, the effort to restore peace in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia; Returned to its new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, on September 22.

May 15, 2000 The Ross departed Norfolk for northern Europe to participate in Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2000. The ship served as flagship for Commander Carrier Group Eight and together with the USS Peterson (DD 969) operated with more than 50 ships from numerous European countries. During the exercise it visited Stockholm, Sweden; and Kiel, Germany; before returning to the United States in late June.

September 19, 2001 USS Ross deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and conducting operations in support of UN resolutions against Iraq. During the deployment, she was part of the USS Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group.

May 22, 2002 The guided-missile destroyer arrived in New York City to particiapte in the 15th annual Fleet Week.

June 5, 2003 USS Ross pulled into Gdynia, Poland, to kick off the 31st annual maritime exercise BALTOPS 2003. Components of the exercise are taking place afloat in the Baltic Sea and ashore in Poland, Germany and Denmark from June 7-23.

April 30, 2004 USS Ross departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

June 19, DDG 81 recently arrived in Dubrovnik, Croatia, for a scheduled port visit.

August 31, The Ross returned to homeport after a four-month underway period. She operated with U.S. coalition and NATO warships, and participated in exercises Neo Tapon '04 and Iron Siren‘04. Ross’s first duty on deployment was to support the GWOT by conducting extended maritime interdiction operations throughout the Mediterranean Sea. During the deployment the ship made port calls to Soda Bay, Crete; Valletta, Malta; Italy; and France. While in Italy, it sailed off the shores of Anzio to commemorate the 60th D-Day anniversary. It also participated in Operation Atlas Shield, which provided maritime protection for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

September 20, 2005 DDG 71 departed Norfolk to participate in UNITAS, the largest multi-national naval exercise conducted with naval forces from U.S., the Carribean Sea and South and Central America.

February 10, 2006 USS Ross, along with USS Barry (DDG 52) and USS Elrod (FFG 55), departed Norfolk to participate in a coalition course in the North Atlantic with ships from the United Kingdom, Germany, and Denmark. The U.S. ships participating in Neptune Warrior are expected to deploy in the spring with this being their last complex training event before deployment. Three ships arrived in Faslane, Scotland, on Feb. 23.

March 11, The Ross departed HMNB Clyde in Faslane after completing the exercise Neptune Warrior.

June 25, DDG 71 arrived at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Crete, for a brief port call. The Arleigh Burk-class destroyer recently departed homeport for a scheduled deployment and is currently assigned to Standing NATO Response Force (NRF) Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2), operating in support of Operation Active Endeavor, NATO's maritime contribution to the fight against terrorism.

September 15, USS Ross arrived in Pireaus, Greece, for a port visit to Athens.

October 4, The Ross is currently participating in a NATO multi-national exercise Brilliant Midas 2006, in the Gulf of Lion.

November 6, USS Ross returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment in support of Operation Active Endeavour in the Mediterranean Sea as part of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG-2).

September 24, 2007 DDG 71 began an Expeditionary Strike Group Integration exercise (ESGINT), as part of the Nassau (LHA 4) ESG, in preparation for the upcoming deployment earlier next year.

December 15, The guided-missile destroyer completed a 17-day Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

February 20, 2008 USS Ross departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.

May 15, The Ross is currently participating in exercise Inspired Union 2008 in the North Arabian Sea, from May 11-21, along with Pakistan and other U.S. Naval forces, focusing on air, surface and anti-submarine training.

June 3, Cmdr. Paul Stader relieved Cmdr. Douglas A. McGoff as CO of DDG 71 during a change-of command ceremony aboard the ship in Manama, Bahrain.

June 23, The Ross departed Toulon, France, after a routine port call.

July 11, USS Ross returned to Norfolk after a nearly five-month underway period in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

May 21, 2010 USS Ross departed homeport for a scheduled Middle East deployment, as part of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) CSG.

June 10, The Ross arrived in Split, Croatia, for a goodwill port visit.

December 6, The guided-missile destroyer departed Istanbul, Turkey, after a three-day port call.

December 20, USS Ross returned to Norfolk Naval Station after a seven-month deployment.

March 18, 2011 DDG 71 docked at the Massport Black Falcon Cruise Ship Terminal in South Boston to participate in St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

April 25, USS Ross pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., to participate in the Ft. Lauferdale Fleet Week celebration.

June 9, Cmdr. David J. Wickersham relieved Cmdr. Doyle Hodges as CO of the Ross during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Station Norfolk.

October 26, 2012 USS Ross emergency sortied from Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the Hurricane Sandy.

November 7, Cmdr. Stacey W. Yopp relieved Cmdr. David J. Wickersham as the 11th commanding officer of Ross.

December 10, DDG 71 commenced a seven-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) while pierside at BAE Systems shipyard. Entered the Speedy Dry Dock at NASSCO shipyard on January 23, 2013.

March 14, 2014 USS Ross departed Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., after ammo onload.

March 28, The Ross anchored off Greenock, Scotland, for a two-day port call to Faslane before participating in at-sea phase of a multinational exercise Joint Warrior 14-1, from March 30 through April 10; Inport Rota, Spain, from April 15-19; Returned home on April 28.

May 5, Cmdr. Tadd H. Gorman relieved Cmdr. Stacey W. Yopp as commanding officer of USS Ross.

June 3, The guided-missile destroyer moored at NWS Yorktown, Va., to onload ammunition. Underway on June 5; Brief stop at Funchal, Portugal, on June 13.

June 16, USS Ross arrived in its new homeport of Naval Station Rota, Spain, after a 13-day transit from Norfolk, Va., as part of the U.S. President's Phased Adaptive Approach to European Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD).

July 18, USS Ross departed Rota for its first patrol, as part of Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF), in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.

July 23, DDG 71 departed Augusta Bay, Italy, after a brief port call for turnover with the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75); Moored at Berth K10 in Souda Bay from July 26-29.

August 21, The Ross moored at Berth K12, East Refueling Wharf in Souda Bay, Crete, for an eight-day upkeep.

August 29, USS Ross participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the HS Nikiforos Fokas (F466) and HS Lesvos (L176) off the coast of Crete; Participated in a PASSEX with the TCG Heybeliada (F511) on Sept. 2; Transited Bosporus Strait northbound on Sept. 3.

September 5, USS Ross moored at Passenger Terminal in Port of Constanta, Romania, for a two-day visit before participating in annual multinational exercise Sea Breeze 2014, from Sept. 8-10; Inport Constanta again from Sept. 11-12; Departed Black Sea on Sept. 12.

September 15, The Ross moored outboard the USS Cole (DDG 67) at Finger Berth in Haifa, Israel, for a three-day port visit.

October 20, USS Ross moored at Akantia Harbour in Rhodes, Greece, for a four-day port visit.

November 3, The guided-missile destroyer departed Naval Support Activity Souda Bay after a brief port call; Entered the Black Sea again on Nov. 4; Participated in exercise Black Sea Resolve 14.2 with the ROS Vice-Amiral Eugeniu Rosca (F263) and ROS Horia Macelariu (F265) on Nov. 7.

November 9, The Ross moored at Sarayburnu Wharf in Istanbul, Turkey, for a four-day port visit.

November 18, USS Ross returned to Naval Station Rota after a four-month patrol.

March 18, 2015 USS Ross, with an embarked Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 Det. 1, departed homeport for its second Mediterranean patrol following a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) period.

March 21, DDG 71 moored at Fuel Pier in Augusta Bay, Sicily, for a brief port call to onload ammunition.

March 29, USS Ross moored outboard the USS Laboon (DDG 58) at Finger Berth in Haifa, Israel, for a four-day port visit.

April 11, The Ross moored at West Berth K14, NATO Fueling Depot in Souda Bay, Crete, for a three-day port call.

April 23, USS Ross moored at South Quay, Container Terminal in Port of Larnaca, Cyprus, for a three-day liberty visit; Participated in a Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) on April 26; Transited the Bosporus Strait northbound on May 23.

May 24, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Constanta, Romania, for a brief port call before participating in a multinational exercise Trident Poseidon 2015, from May 25-28; Participated in a bilateral underway engagement with the ‎UKRS Hetman Sahaidachny (U130) from June 1-2; Departed Black Sea on June 3.

June 8, USS Ross returned to Naval Station Rota for a 10-day upkeep; Anchored off Souda Bay for personnel transfer on June 26.

July 2, The Ross moored at NATO Pol Pier on Naval Support Activity Gaeta, Italy, for a three-day port visit; Transited the Strait of Messina southbound on July 6; Brief stop off Augusta Bay, Sicily, for personnel transfer on July 9; Anchored off Souda Bay for a brief stop on July 13.

July 18, USS Ross moored at East Quay in Port of Malaga, Spain, for a brief port call to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise; Returned to Rota on July 20.

September 9, The Ross recently departed homeport in support of the Royal Navy's Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST); Moored at C Buoy in Plymouth Sound, United Kingdom, on Sept. 12.

September 14, DDG 71 moored at Jetty #1, Her Majesty Naval Base (HMNB) Devonport for an overnight stop; Moored at C Buoy from Sept. 24-25 and Sept. 25-26; Moored at Wharf 5 from Sept. 27-28; Moored at D Buoy from Sept. 30- Oct. 1.

October 2, USS Ross moored outboard the USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) at HMNB Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, for a two-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of a biannual multinational exercise Joint Warrior 15-2.

October 18, The Ross departed Faslane after a three-day port call to participate in At Sea Demonstration 2015, with the USS The Sullivans, HMCS Montreal (FFH 336), SPS Almirante Juan de Borbon (F 102), ITS Andrea Doria (D553), HNLMS De Zeven Provincien (F 802) and HNMOS Fridtjof Nansen (F310), off the coast of Scotland. Conducted under the auspices of the Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum, ASD15 is intended to assess and evaluate network interoperability between participating units.

October 20, USS Ross fired an SM-3 Block IA missile that successfully intercepted a short-range Terrier Orion ballistic missile target, launched from Hebrides Range, United Kingdom. This was the first time a Standard Missile-3 was fired on a non-U.S. range and the first intercept of a ballistic missile threat in the European theater.

October 21, The guided-missile destroyer transited the Irish Sea southbound; Transited northbound on Oct. 22; Returned to Rota on Oct. 26.

November 12, Cmdr. Russell J. Caldwell relieved Cmdr. Tadd H. Gorman as the 13th CO of Ross during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Pier 1.

November 21, USS Ross departed Naval Station Rota for its third patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.

December 3, USS Ross entered the Black Sea after transiting Bosporus Strait northbound.

December 4, The Ross moored at Berth 8, Container Terminal in Port of Varna East, Bulgaria, for a brief port call to refuel; Participated in a bilateral underway engagement with the TCG Gokova (F496), ROS Regina Maria (F222) and UKRS Balta (U811) on Dec. 6 and Dec. 15; Departed Black Sea on Dec. 17; Transited the Strait of Messina northbound on Dec. 22.

December 23, USS Ross moored at Berth 13a in Port of Civitavecchia, Italy, for a four-day liberty visit to Rome.

January 7, 2016 DDG 71 moored at Pier 1, Aksaz Naval Base near Marmaris, Turkey, for a brief stop; Moored at Berth K14 in Souda Bay from Jan. 9-10 and Jan. 11-13.

January 17, USS Ross returned to Rota, Spain, for an 11-day upkeep; Transited the the Strait of Gibraltar eastbound on Jan. 28.

March 6, The Ross moored Berth K12, East Refueling Wharf in Souda Bay, Greece, for a routine port call; Moored at Berth K14 from March ?-11.

March 20, USS Ross moored at Pier 1 on Naval Station Rota after completing a four-month patrol.