USS Ross (DDG 71), the US missile destroyer arrived at Constanta on its way to Odesa / Photo-report


Andriy KLYMENKO
Maidan of Foreign Affairs (Kyiv), BSNews Chief Editor

Uss Ross (DDG 71), the US Navy missile destroyer arrived at Constanta, Romania on September 5, 2014 in the course of patrolling the Black Sea. The vessel is heading to Odesa area on September 7, 2014 to participate in the Sea Breeze 2014 Ukrainian-US naval training.

The Uss Ross (DDG 71) entered the Black Sea on September 3. Tadd Gorman is the captain (Commander) of the vessel. Photo - U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Herman, www.c6f.navy.mil.

CONSTANTA, Romania (September 5, 2014) – Sailors man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) as they enter Constanta, Romania for a scheduled port visit.

CONSTANTA, Romania (September 5, 2014) – Commander Tadd Gorman oversees preparations aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) as they enter Constanta, Romania for a scheduled port visit.

CONSTANTA, Romania (September 5, 2014) – Sailors man the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) as they enter Constanta, Romania for a scheduled port visit.

CONSTANTA, Romania (September 5, 2014) – A Sailor mans the rails aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) as they enter Constanta, Romania for a scheduled port visit.

BOSPHORUS STRAIT (Sept. 3, 2014) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) approaches the end of the Bosphorus Strait on her transit to the Black Sea.

BOSPHORUS STRAIT (Sept. 3, 2014) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) transits the Bosphorus Strait en route to the Black Sea.

BOSPHORUS STRAIT. ISTANBUL (Sept. 3, 2014) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) transits the Bosphorus Strait en route to the Black Sea.

Photos by our permanent correspondent in Istanbul on September 3:

BOSPHORUS STRAIT. ISTANBUL (Sept. 3, 2014) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) transits the Bosphorus Strait en route to the Black Sea. (Photo by Cem Devrim Yaylalı, turkishnavy.net)

BOSPHORUS STRAIT. ISTANBUL (Sept. 3, 2014) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) transits the Bosphorus Strait en route to the Black Sea. (Photo by Cem Devrim Yaylalı, turkishnavy.net)

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USS Ross (DDG-71) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer in the United States Navy. She was the second Navy ship of that name, and the first named in honor of Captain Donald K. Ross (1910–1992), who was awarded the Medal of Honorfor his heroism during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Name: USS Ross
Namesake: Captain Donald K. Ross
Ordered: 8 April 1992
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 10 April 1995
Launched: 22 March 1996
Commissioned: 28 June 1997
Homeport: Rota, Spain
Nickname: "Quad Cruiser"
Status: in active service, as of 2014

General characteristics
Class & type: Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
Displacement: Light: approx. 6,800 long tons (6,900 t)
Full: approx. 8,900 long tons (9,000 t)
Length: 505 ft (154 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, two shafts, 100,000 total shaft horsepower (75 MW)
Speed: >30 knots (56 km/h)
Range: 4,400 nautical miles at 20 knots
(8,100 km at 37 km/h)
Complement: 33 Officers
38 Chief Petty Officers
210 Enlisted Personnel

Sensors and
processing systems:

AN/SPY-1D 3D Radar
AN/SPS-67(V)2 Surface Search Radar
AN/SPS-73(V)12 Surface Search Radar
AN/SQS-53C Sonar Array
AN/SQR-19 Tactical Towed Array Sonar
AN/SQQ-28 LAMPS III Shipboard System

Electronic warfare & decoys:

AN/SLQ-32(V)2 Electronic Warfare System
AN/SLQ-25 Nixie Torpedo Countermeasures
MK 36 MOD 12 Decoy Launching System
AN/SLQ-39 CHAFF Buoys

Armament:

1 × 29 cell, 1 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems with 90 × RIM-156 SM-2, BGM-109 Tomahawk or RUM-139 VL-Asroc missiles
1 × Mark 45 5/54 in (127/54 mm)
2 × 25 mm chain gun
4 × .50 caliber (12.7 mm) guns
2 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS

2 × Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes
Aircraft carried: 1 SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter can be embarked
Motto: Fortune Favors Valor



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