United States President Donald Trump ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airfield from which a lethal chemical weapons attack was launched, declaring he acted in America’s “national security interest” against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
According to United States officials, the military fired dozens of cruise missiles against the airbase commanded by Assad’s forces in response to the poison gas attack on Tuesday in a rebel-held area.
USS Ross (DDG-71) is an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile warship in the United States Navy. She is named for Medal of Honor recipient Donald K. Ross, the second Navy ship of the name.
The DDG-71 Destroyer is one of some warship deployed near the area.
Displacement: 8373 Tons (Full)
Dimensions, 504′ 7″ (oa) x 66′ 11″ x 20′ (Max)
1 x 5″/54 RF
2 Phalanx 20mm Guns,
90 VLS Cells
8 Harpoon Missiles,
6 x 12.75″ TT.
Ships Area of Responsibility
The Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) area of responsibility (AOR) covers approximately half of the Atlantic Ocean, from the North Pole to Antarctica; as well as the Adriatic, Baltic, Barents, Black, Caspian, Mediterranean and North seas.
The AOR covers all of Russia and Europe, and nearly the entire continent of Africa. It encompasses 105 countries with a combined population of more than 1 billion people and includes a landmass of more than 14 million square miles.
It covers more than 20 million square nautical miles of ocean, touches three continents and encompasses more than 67 percent of the Earth’s coastline, 30 percent of its landmass, and nearly 40 percent of the world’s population.