USS Vella Gulf Reaffirms Commitment With Romania Port Visit
By Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez III
USS Vella Gulf
CONSTANTA, Romania, June 4, 2014 The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf arrived here yesterday for a scheduled port visit.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Todd Marriott, left, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Leichner scan the horizon for surface contacts as the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf makes a scheduled port visit to Constanta, Romania, June 3, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Edward Guttierrez
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Vella Gulf’s presence in Romania reaffirms the U.S. commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the region, the ship’s commanding officer said.
“This is an important time to reassure and demonstrate our commitment to work closely with NATO allies in order to enhance maritime security, readiness, and naval capability,” said Navy Capt. Robert Katz. “The relationships built during our bilateral and multilateral exercises are great ways to strengthen and improve interoperability between allies as we all work together toward shared mutual goals.”
While in Romania, Vella Gulf is scheduled to host the fleet commander of the Romanian navy, along with other distinguished visitors. Sailors plan to remodel an orphanage, visit the Romanian Maritime Museum and tour the city of Constanta and the Romanian capital, Bucharest.
Vella Gulf, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is deployed in a multimission role in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to contribute to regional maritime security, conduct bilateral and multilateral training missions, and to support NATO operations and deployments throughout the region.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other partners in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.