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A Sailor aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) throws a mooring line to the pier as the ship prepares to moor in its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk.

Nearly 300 Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) return to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk. Ross returned after a six-month deployment in support of Operation Active Endeavour (OAE).

Almost 300 crew members aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) returned to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk.

Gunner�s Mate 1st Class Steve Harless and Chief Gunner�s Mate Reggie Parker assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) take aim at the ship�s rigid hull inflatable boat.

Boatswain�s Mate 3rd Class Justin Tinkey and Boatswain�s Mate Seaman Joshua Hermes assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71), maintain course.

A French navy Alouette III Helicopter from the French support ship FS Marne (A630) takes off from the flight deck aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).

Sailors man the rails as the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) returns to her homeport of Naval Station Norfolk.

Engineman 2nd Class Heidi Friedman embraces her mother at the homecoming ceremony for the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).

Sailors man the rails as the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) returns to her homeport of Naval Station Norfolk.

Damage Controlman 3rd Class Mark Corradi greets his family at the homecoming ceremony for the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).

The daughter of a Sailor holds a sign welcoming her father back during the homecoming ceremony for the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).

Children from the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) receives a tour of the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) at Naval Station Norfolk.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departs Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment as part of the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group in support of maritime security operations.

A tug boat guides the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) away from the pier as the ship departs for a six-month deployment as part of the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) pulls along side the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195) to conduct a replenishment at sea.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) crosses the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) leads the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71), the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and the dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48).

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) crosses the Atlantic Ocean during a scheduled deployment as part of the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) steams with other ships of the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), right, breaks formation with the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) during a transit of the Atlantic Ocean.

Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Brandley Sinoc waves an SH-60 Seahawk in for a landing onto the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).

Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) attempt to hook cargo nets to an SH-60 Seahawk during a vertical replenishment.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) prepares to refuel with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189).

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) prepares to refuel with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189).

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) prepares to refuel with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189).

Two Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) battle it out on an inflatable jousting mat during a steel beach picnic.

Supply Department aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) stands in formation of the Blue

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) performs a connected replenishment (CONREP) to receive mail and supplies from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189).

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) performs a connected replenishment (CONREP) to receive mail and supplies from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189).

The flight deck crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) perform helicopter in-flight refueling (HIFR) with an SH-60 Seahawk.

The flight deck crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) perform helicopter in-flight refueling (HIFR) with a SH-60 Seahawk.

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) load torpedoes into the torpedo tubes on the ship's aft missile deck.

Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) watches the probe at refueling station 4 during a replenishment at sea with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo, ammunition ship USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2).

The visit, board, search, and seizure team assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) steams through the Gulf in a ridged-hull inflatable boat to approach fishing dhows during approach operations.

An SH-60 Seahawk prepares to retrieve food and supplies during a vertical replenishment on the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71), the frigate USS Curts (FFG 38), the fast-attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714), Pakistani Navy ships PNS Badr (D-184), PNS Shahjahan (D-186), and PNS Nasr (A-47) participate in a photography exercise.

Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Brandley Sinoc directs an SH-60 Seahawk that is preparing to land on the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).

Command Master Chief Gregg Snaza presents Cmdr. Paul Stader with a shadow box during change of command ceremony aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71.

Cmdr. Paul Stader, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71), takes position during a change of command ceremony aboard aboard the ship.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) prepares to pull alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) during a replenishment at sea.

Family and friends of Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) wait for the ship's return to Naval Station Norfolk.

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Richard S. Martin, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71), holds his son for the first time.

FGS Hessen (F221) breaks formation.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) and the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) cruise in a formation.

Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) tie the ship to the pier.

Fire Controlman 2nd Class Matt Tannehill kisses his 5-month-old son during a homecoming celebration for the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).

A Tug boat guides the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) to the pier as the ship returns to Naval Station Norfolk.

Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 2nd Class Matthew Mosely receives the traditional first kiss from his wife during a homecoming celebration for the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).

Sailors assigned to USS Constitution, the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71), and Naval Operational Support Center Quincy

Seaman Recruit Deidre Foster, assigned to USS Constitution, gives a high-five to a child while marching in the 110th annual Boston St. Patrick's Day parade.

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) march in the annual St. Patrick's Day

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) is moored alongside the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).

Sailors and Marines aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) man the rails as the ship arrives for the start of Fleet Week Port Everglades 2011.

Electrical Technician 1st Class Alvin Larkins, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71), washes a special duty vehicle at Broward County Sheriffs Fire and Rescue Station 1.

Art Ginsburg serves breakfast to Sailors aboard USS Ross (DDG 71) during Fleet Week Port Everglades for a taping of a Salute to the Troops segment to be aired later this year.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) passes the world's largest cruise liner, Allure of the Seas, as the ship departs after participating in Fleet Week Port Everglades 2011.

Sailors assigned to USS Ross (DDG 71) stand by to handle mooring lines as FS Ventose (F 733) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk.

Sailors assigned to USS Ross (DDG 71) handle mooring lines from FS Ventose (F 733).

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) pulls into Naval Station Norfolk.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) pulls into Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world.

he guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71)

An SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departs Naval Station Norfolk in advance of Hurricane Sandy.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) prepares to sortie in advance of Hurricane Sandy.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departs Naval Station Norfolk in advance of Hurricane Sandy.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) prepares to sortie in advance of Hurricane Sandy.

Cmdr. David Wickersham, the commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71), speaks with local media about ship's upcoming departure from Naval Station Norfolk in advance of Hurricane Sandy.

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) prepare the ship to get underway from Naval Station Norfolk in advance of Hurricane Sandy.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) prepares to sortie in advance of Hurricane Sandy.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) is moored pierside at BAE Systems.

Ken Brown, assigned to Navy Cyber Forces, discusses shipboard computer applications with Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Rocky Fuqua aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).

Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) slack lines prior to departing Naval Weapons Station Yorktown.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departs Naval Weapons Station Yorktown for Scotland.

Ship Serviceman Seaman Greg Lush and Ship Serviceman 3rd Class Alexander Griffin complete a message blank during a general quarters drill aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).

Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) heave a line during a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler Kanawha (T-AO 196).

Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 2nd Class Andrew Annett monitors the ship's propulsion in the central control station aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).

Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) receive supplies from the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) during a replenishment-at-sea.

Command Master Chief Tyrone Willis instructs a hose team during a simulated helicopter crash on the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).

Gunner's Mate Seaman Nicholas Funderburk positions a ram fan for proper ventilation during a toxic gas drill aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) transits the Atlantic Ocean in support of exercise Joint Warrior 14-1.

Gunner's Mate Seaman Nicholas Funderburk fires a .50 caliber machine gun.

Boatswain's mates stand by aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) while receiving fuel from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196)

Members of the visit, board, search and seizure team aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) search for intruders during a training drill.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) conducts an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196).

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) anchors off the coast of Faslane, Scotland.

Sailors man the rails as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departs Norfolk.

Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Younkin sorts mail in the mail room aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).

Sailors exercise on the fantail of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) while she transits to her new homeport in Rota, Spain.

Boatswain Mate Seaman Ian Otamias is at the helm of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) as she transits to her new homeport in Rota, Spain.

The Naval Station Rota color guard presents colors during an arrival ceremony for the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) at Naval Station Rota, Spain.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain.

Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 2nd Class Anthony Philpott embraces his wife after the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) is moored at Naval Station Rota, Spain.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departs the pier at Naval Station Rota, Spain,for her first deployment after being forward-deployed.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departs Naval Station Rota, Spain, for her first deployment after being forward-deployed.

Lt. Paul Tranbarger assists Spanish navy Lt. Jamie Rodriguez as he goes through checklists

Damage Controlman 3rd Class Bamidele Kuteyi directs Seaman Kevin O'rourke during a crash and salvage drill aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Billie Johnson directs a helicopter during a vertical replenishment exercise aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross

Sailors stand by on station aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) before an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195).

A Mark-45 five-inch gun opens fire during a pre-action calibration fire exercise aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71).