USS Ross conducts live-fire exercises with the Royal Moroccan Navy


The United States Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) has taken part in the live-fire exercise African Sea Lion with the Royal Moroccan Navy.

Among African Sea Lion’s objectives is to test and evaluate US and Moroccan ability to conduct coordinated, combined naval surface fire support exercises on the Tan Tan firing range, the US Navy said.

USS Ross arrived in Agadir, Morocco, on 10 January for a scheduled port visit and departed on 13 January after participating in African Sea Lion with the Royal Moroccan Navy frigate Tarek Ben Ziyad.
“Engagements such as these strengthen the bonds between the U.S. and our partners as we work peace and prosperity in the region,” said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Bryan S. Gallo, Commanding Officer, USS Ross (DDG 71).
“It was a pleasure working with the Royal Moroccan Navy, and we look forward to holding additional exercises in the future to maintain the warfighting readiness of both our respective naval forces.”
“These types of visits allow us to gain enhanced ties with our partners and allow our crew to experience the hospitality of Agadir along with the rich history of Morocco,” said Gallo.

Previous engagements with Morocco include USS Vella Gulf’s November 2017 participation in exercise Atlas Handshake, a three day exercise which included maritime interdiction operation and visit, board, search and seizure training. Morocco is additionally a routine participant in the multinational maritime exercise Obangame Express. Obangame Express is one of three Africa regional Express series exercises facilitated annually by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet.

Ross, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain is currently conducting a routine patrol to support U.S. national security interests in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.