December 10, 2020 – USS Ross (DDG 71) completed a multi-warfare exercise with Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG-1), Dec. 9.
Ross conducted a series of air defense exercises and tactical passing maneuvers with Portuguese Vasco da Gama-class frigate NRP Corte-Real (F332), Canadian Halifax-class frigate HMCS Toronto (FFH 333), six French Dassault Rafale aircraft, and a French E-2C Hawkeye.
“Training with our NATO Allies provides us with unique opportunities where our Sailors can put their skills to the test in a dynamic environment,” said Cmdr. John D. John, commanding officer of Ross. “Exercises like these are extremely important to maintaining our collective warfighting readiness and allowing Ross to remain a strong maritime presence committed to regional stability wherever the mission takes us.”
This marks the second time during Ross’s 10th Forward-Deployed Naval Forces patrol that Ross has participated in training exercises with a SNMG response group.
SNGM-1 is a multinational, integrated force under the control of NATO Allied Maritime Command that responds to Allied Command Operations.
Ross conducted operations in the Baltic Sea with German and Italian Eurofighter F2000 aircraft provided from NATO in November. Prior to operations in the Baltic, Ross conducted sustained operations in the Barents Sea with logistical support from the Henry J. Kaiser-class replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO-203), marking the third time this year a U.S. destroyer has operated in the region.