USS Ross and USS Labon Visit Souda Bay

Souda Bay, near Chania, is a well known commercial port providing deep water anchorage for vessels.
It is no surprise it was chosen by the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke class destroyers USS Ross (DDG 71) and USS Laboon (DDG 58) during their training operations in the Mediterranean during early April.

150410-N-XB010-005 SOUDA BAY, Greece (April 10, 2015) Ensign William Gaither, from Atlanta, stands Combat Information Center Watch Officer aboard USS Laboon (DDG 58) April 10, 2015. Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks)

150410-N-XB010-005 SOUDA BAY, Greece (April 10, 2015) Ensign William Gaither, from Atlanta, stands Combat Information Center Watch Officer aboard USS Laboon (DDG 58) April 10, 2015. Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks)

150410-N-XB010-051 SOUDA BAY, Greece (April 10, 2015) Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Lorenzo Begay, from Nazlini, Arizona, right, and Gunner’s Mate Seaman Matthew Tanner, from San Jacinto, California, perform maintenance on a Surface Vessel Torpedo Tube aboard USS Laboon (DDG 58) April 10, 2015. Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks)

150410-N-XB010-051 SOUDA BAY, Greece (April 10, 2015) Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Lorenzo Begay, from Nazlini, Arizona, right, and Gunner’s Mate Seaman Matthew Tanner, from San Jacinto, California, perform maintenance on a Surface Vessel Torpedo Tube aboard USS Laboon (DDG 58) April 10, 2015. Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks)

150410-N-XB010-064 SOUDA BAY, Greece SEA (April 10, 2015) Sailors assigned to USS Laboon (DDG 58) perform maintenance on a P100 pump on the flight deck April 10, 2015. Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks)

150410-N-XB010-064 SOUDA BAY, Greece SEA (April 10, 2015) Sailors assigned to USS Laboon (DDG 58) perform maintenance on a P100 pump on the flight deck April 10, 2015. Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks)

150411-N-XB010-005 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 11, 2015) Sailors assigned to USS Laboon (DDG 58) disconnect a hose providing water from the pier in Souda Bay, Greece, in preparation for getting underway April 11, 2015. Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks/Released)

150411-N-XB010-005 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 11, 2015) Sailors assigned to USS Laboon (DDG 58) disconnect a hose providing water from the pier in Souda Bay, Greece, in preparation for getting underway April 11, 2015. Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks/Released)

150411-N-XB010-019 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 11, 2015) USS Laboon (DDG 58) departs port in Souda Bay, Greece, April 11, 2015. Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks/Released)

150411-N-XB010-019 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 11, 2015) USS Laboon (DDG 58) departs port in Souda Bay, Greece, April 11, 2015. Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks/Released)

150411-N-XB010-047 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 11, 2015) Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Hugh Smith, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, left, motions to cease lowering the anchor during an anchor test after USS Laboon (DDG 58) departs port in Souda Bay, Greece, April 11, 2015. Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks/Released)

150411-N-XB010-047 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 11, 2015) Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Hugh Smith, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, left, motions to cease lowering the anchor during an anchor test after USS Laboon (DDG 58) departs port in Souda Bay, Greece, April 11, 2015. Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks/Released)

150411-N-XB010-070 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 11, 2015) Sailors remove the jack staff from the forecastle aboard USS Laboon (DDG 58) April 11, 2015. Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks/Released)

150411-N-XB010-070 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 11, 2015) Sailors remove the jack staff from the forecastle aboard USS Laboon (DDG 58) April 11, 2015. Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks/Released)

150411-N-XB010-077 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 11, 2015) Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 2nd Class Christopher Johnson from Connelly Springs, North Carolina, loads chaff into a launcher aboard USS Laboon (DDG 58) April 11, 2015. Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks)

150411-N-XB010-077 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (April 11, 2015) Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 2nd Class Christopher Johnson from Connelly Springs, North Carolina, loads chaff into a launcher aboard USS Laboon (DDG 58) April 11, 2015. Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Desmond Parks)

150411-N-FQ994-151 SOUDA BAY, Greece (April 11, 2015) USS Ross (DDG 71) arrives to Souda Bay, Greece, April 11, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

150411-N-FQ994-151 SOUDA BAY, Greece (April 11, 2015) USS Ross (DDG 71) arrives to Souda Bay, Greece, April 11, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

150412-N-FQ994-039 SOUDA BAY, Greece (April 12, 2015) USS Ross (DDG 71) moored at in Souda Bay, Greece, April 12, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

150412-N-FQ994-039 SOUDA BAY, Greece (April 12, 2015) USS Ross (DDG 71) moored at in Souda Bay, Greece, April 12, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

150413-N-FQ994-252 SOUDA BAY, Greece (April 13, 2015) Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Hunter Joseph climbs aboard the USS Ross (DDG 71) during a visit board search and seizure (VBSS) training exercise April 13, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

150413-N-FQ994-252 SOUDA BAY, Greece (April 13, 2015) Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Hunter Joseph climbs aboard the USS Ross (DDG 71) during a visit board search and seizure (VBSS) training exercise April 13, 2015. Ross, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

source: http://cne-cna-c6f.dodlive.mil/status-of-the-fleet-april-14-2015/