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  1. Departure from Norfolk
  2. Arrival in Rota
  3. First FDNF-E Patrol
    1. Port visit to Finland
    2. Black Sea Ops – Nov-Dec
    3. Port visit to Varna, Bulgaria
    4. Port visit to Constanta Romania
  4. Return to home port

Departure from Norfolk

In March, Arleigh Burke departed Norfolk on March 26th enroute the new homeport of Rota.

Departing Norfolk Mar 26, 2021

In early April, Arleigh Burke operated with USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), Virginia-class attack submarine USS Vermont (SSN 792), and P-8A maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft to conduct multi-domain anti-submarine warfare operations in the Atlantic. C6F Press Release – April 9, 2021

Arrival in Rota

USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) Arrives at NAVSTA Rota, April 11, 2021

Raising the Spanish flag after arriving in Rota:

In May, the ship participated in NATO Exercise Ragnar Viking and met up with the ships participating in the Royal Navy’s Strike Warrior Exercise in the North Atlantic Ocean.  Two Major North Sea Maritime Exercises Converge – U.S. Navy Press Release – May 17, 2021

First FDNF-E Patrol

The ship began its first Forward Deployed Naval Forces-Europe (FDNF-E) patrol in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of responsibility in August.

Arleigh Burke Begins First FDNF-E PatrolCoastline – August 12, 2021

In September, the ship conducted a port visit to Tallinn, Estonia. Arleigh Burke is the first ship to pull into Tallinn in more than two years. During the visit, the ship hosted Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and other distinguished visitors for tours of the ship and hosted a media availability with members of Estonian press. Sailors also had a chance to participate in a community relations event at the National Library of Estonia.

Later in September, the ship visited Gdynia, Poland.

SWO pinning in September:

Ship celebrates 30 years of commissioned service:

The ship conducted an engine change out in October

In October Arleigh Burke joined SNMG 1 to conduct presence operations and demonstrate NATO interoperability in the Baltic region.

Port visit to Finland

After the SNMG 1 operations, Arleigh Burke conducted a port visit in Finland.

Chief Petty Officer pinning ceremony in November:

Cooks in the news:

Security force training:

Black Sea Ops – Nov-Dec

Port visit to Varna, Bulgaria

USS Arleigh Burke Departs Varna, Bulgaria – Press Release from U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa / U.S. Sixth Fleet – Nov 30, 2021

USS Arleigh Burke Departs Varna, BulgariaCoastline – Dec 2, 2021

Port visit to Constanta Romania

USS Arleigh Burke Arrives in Constanta, Romania – Press Release from U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa / U.S. Sixth Fleet – Dec 5, 2021

USS Arleigh Burke Departs Black Sea, Arrives in Golcuk, Turkey – C6F Press Release

Return to home port

USS Arleigh Burke Completes Inaugural Forward Deployed Patrol – U.S. Navy Press Release – Dec 23, 2021
USS Arleigh Burke Complete Inaugural Forward Deployed Patrol Coastline – January 13, 2022

DC2 Robbins – USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51)Coastline – Dec 16, 2021

Inport Rota at the end of a busy and successful year.