DDG 71 | USS ROSS
Captain Donald K. Ross
ROSS' keel was laid on April 10, 1995 in Pascagoula, Mississippi 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 28 June 1997.
After commissioning, ROSS sailed on a six-week Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trial and then traveled back to Pascagoula for a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). ROSS then returned to her homeport of Portsmouth, Virginia and completed the Basic Training Phase including Engineering Certification, CART II, TSTA I, and III, Cruise Missile Tactical Qualification, Final Evaluation Period (FEP), and Logistics Management Assessmen.
ROSS completed the Intermediate Training Phase and in early 1999, she sailed with the THEODORE ROOSEVELT Battle Group for a Joint Task Force Exercise in preparation for a six-month deployment commencing on March 26, 1999. During this deployment to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas, ROSS participated in Operation Allied Force. On September 22, she returned to Norfolk, Va.
On May 15, 2000, she got underway for Northern Europe to participate in Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2000. She served as flagship for Commander Carrier Group Eight and together with the USS PETERSON (DD 969) she operated with more than 50 ships from numerous European countries. During the exercise the destroyer visited Stockholm, Sweden and Kiel in Germany before returning to the United States in late June.
In September 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, ROSS was part of the THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) Battle Group.
The gold and dark blue on the shield of the coat
of arms represent the Navy. The anchor stands for the anchorage at
Pearl Harbor, attacked December 7, 1941, by Japanese aircraft, bringing
the United States into World War II. The lightning flashes symbolize
the unexpected assault and resulting bloodshed. The ship's propeller
represents Warrant Officer Ross and the badge of a Navy machinist, a
post he held at the time of the action. His heroism during the attack
is recalled by the inverted silver star which stands for the Medal of
Honor he won for valor on board the battleship USS NEVADA. The shape of
the shield refers to the Aegis armament and capabilities of DDG 71.
Gold stands for excellence, red for courage.