USS ROSS DDG 71
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 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.
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.