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Trump Phones USS Ross, USS Porter Commanding Officers

By MarEx 2017-04-09 20:44:48

The commanding officers of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Ross and USS Porter received phone calls from President Donald J. Trump on Sunday.

The president called to thank the commanding officers, Cmdr. Russell Caldwell and Cmdr. Andria Slough, and their crews for their professionalism and quick response in the cruise missile strike against Shayrat airfield in western Syria, April 7, 2017.

This strike was in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.

USS Ross, commanded by Caldwell, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, departed on its fifth forward-deployed patrol April 3, 2017, and is conducting routine patrols in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.

Caldwell took command of Ross on November 12, 2015, and is scheduled to be relieved by the current executive officer, Cmdr. Brian Gallo, in a ceremony onboard the ship April 11 in port Larnaca, Cyprus.

USS Porter, commanded by Slough, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, departed on its third forward-deployed patrol on November 30, 2016, and is conducting routine patrols in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.

Slough took command of Porter on January 28, 2016. In February, Porter went to the Black Sea and participated in the Romanian led exercise Sea Shield. In March, Porter participated in the multilateral Allied Maritime Command anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare Exercise Dynamic Manta 2017. Also in March, Porter was awarded the 2016 Atlantic Fleet “Bloodhound” award, signifying the best ship in the fleet at anti-submarine warfare.

Seafarer Dies in Fall abord MSC Damla

A 19-year-old seafarer has lost his life in an accident aboard the 6,266 TEU containership MSC Damla, a spokesperson from the ship’s owner Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) confirmed.

The incident occurred on March 28, while the 2002-built Post-Panamax boxship was in Antwerp, Belgium for routine operations.

Media reports cited Belgian officials as saying that the Indian national slipped and fell some 16 meters from narrow metal stairs into the containership’s hold.

“We are coordinating the necessary arrangements with local authorities,” the spokesperson added.

At the time of the incident the vessel was reportedly docked at MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) in Antwerp.

An investigation into the incident was launched.

 

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