The destroyer USS Roosevelt has returned to Rota, Spain.

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The USS Roosevelt returned to its homeport of Naval Station Rota, Spain, after its second patrol with the Sixth Fleet this year, according to the US Navy.

The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer departed Rota on March 29 for the second Forward-Deployed Naval Forces-Europe patrol in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations, and returned on Tuesday.

While deployed, the ship participated in a variety of exercises with U.S. forces and those of partner nations, starting with the exercise Black Toro in the North Atlantic Ocean, an enhanced anti-submarine warfare operation with U.S. Navy surface vessels and the submarine USS Vermont.

The ship then proceeded to the Aegean Sea for maritime and security operations, joining the USS Donald Cook in a Surface Action Group.

Later, it took part in the NATO-led air and defence exercise At-Sea Demo/Formidable Shield 2021, which included 150 warfare training serials and live-fire events.

The USS Roosevelt then entered the Baltic Sea to take part in the BALTOPS 50 exercise, a 15-nation interoperability drill. It then made its way north of the Arctic Circle in preparation for the anti-submarine exercise Shark Hunt 2021.

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“Our sailors have met every challenge to meet mission requirements and successfully complete patrol,” said Cmdr. Ryan Kendall, commanding officer of the ship. “They have displayed unparalleled professionalism and expertise while using this valuable time at sea to refine their maritime warfare tactics across the entire spectrum of naval operations.”


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