US Navy USS Ross destroyer completes maritime interoperability with Polish Navy frigate General Kazimierz Pulalski

According to information released by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa on September 28, 2020, the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) operated alongside the Polish Navy, September 26, 2020, in the Baltic Sea.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 U.S. sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) wave as the Polish Navy frigate ORP General Kazimierz Pulaski (F272) comes alongside after completing a passing exercise in the Baltic Sea, September 26, 2020. (Picture source U.S. Navy)

U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross DDG 71 and Polish Navy frigate ORP General Kazimierz Pulalski (F272) conducted a series of maneuvering exercises, air and surface tactics, and data link exercises to improve joint interoperability.

Ross has conducted similar training scenarios with NATO allies while operating in the Baltic, including a recent passing exercise with both the Lithuanian Navy and Latvian Navy. U.S. Sixth Fleet forces frequently conduct these training exercises among partner countries to ensure readiness and ability to integrate with allies.

Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, began its 10th Forward Deployed Naval Forces-Europe (FDNF-E) patrol, Aug. 29 in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.

Ross is one of four U.S. Navy destroyers based in Rota, Spain, and assigned to Commander, Task Force 65 in support of NATO’s Integrated Air Missile Defense architecture. These Forward-Deployed Naval Forces-Europe ships have the flexibility to operate throughout the waters of Europe and Africa, from the Cape of Good Hope to the Arctic Circle, demonstrating their mastery of the maritime domain.

U.S. Sixth 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 security interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

The USS Ross (DDG-71) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer in the United States Navy. She was the 10th ship of her class to be built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was laid down on 10 April 1995.  

The USS Ross is armed with 29 cells, 61 cells Mk 41 vertical launching systems with 90 RIM-156 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-ASROC missiles, two Mk 141 Harpoon Missile Launcher SSM, one Mark 45 5/54 in (127/54 mm) naval gun, two 25 mm chain guns, four .50 caliber (12.7 mm) machine guns, two 20 mm Phalanx CIWS Close-In Weapon Systems and two Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes.

The ORP Generał Kazimierz Pułaski is one of two Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates of the Polish Navy. Formerly serving in the United States Navy as USS Clark, after her transfer to Poland she was named Kazimierz Pułaski. The ship is armed with two double tube anti-submarine torpedo mounts, one 76 mm (3.0 in) Rapid Fire Dual Purpose Gun, one Vulcan Phalanx system and one Guided missile launching system with Standard surface-to-air missiles Boeing Harpoon surface-to-surface missiles.