Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) started a planned homeport shift to Rota, Spain from Mayport, Fla., over the weekend, U.S. 2nd Fleet announced.
Roosevelt is replacing USS Carney (DDG-64) as one of four forward-deployed U.S. warships in Spain. Carney has been forward-deployed to Rota for the past five years. While based in Rota, Carney made several trips into the Black Sea as part of its regular patrols of the region.
“My crew is excited and proud to execute this homeport shift to Rota,” Cmdr. Matthew Molmer, the commanding officer USS Roosevelt, said in a statement. “The hard work, dedication and sheer level of effort put forth by my crew over the previous year will ensure delivery of a combat-ready ship, with a battle-minded crew to the forefront of Naval Forces forward-deployed to Rota, in support of 6th Fleet Operations.”
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