Story Number: NNS140811-02Release Date: 8/11/2014 8:09:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Weston Jones, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East Detachment Europe
CONSTANTA, Romania (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a scheduled port visit, Aug 11.
Vella Gulf's presence in Romania and the Black Sea reaffirms the United States' commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the region.
During Vella Gulf's second port visit to Constanta, the Romanian chapter of the Navy League will hold a barbeque for visiting Sailors. The port visit also coincides with Romanian Navy Day.
"Vella Gulf looks forward to a second port visit to Constanta, especially during Romanian Navy Day," said Capt. Robert Katz, Vella Gulf's commanding officer. "A dedicated relationship with partners, such as Romania, demonstrates our commitment to the collective security of our NATO allies."
Following her departure from Constanta, Vella Gulf is scheduled to participate in the at-sea portion of Romanian Navy Day.
Vella Gulf, homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, is conducting naval operations with allies in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and stability in Europe.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/naveur/.