USS ROSS


Mission

ROSS is ready to conduct prompt, sustained combat operations at sea in support of carrier battle groups, surface action groups, amphibious assault groups and stands ready to become an integral part of interdiction forces. ROSS can operate in any threat environment. She can defeat hostile surface ships, submarines, and air forces simultaneously while delivering long range attacks.

ROSS' diverse combat capability is orchestrated by the AEGIS Weapon System - the only fully integrated electronic detection, engagement and fire control system in the world today. AEGIS enables ROSS to detect, evaluate and engage an enemy with lethal firepower and accuracy.

ROSS' weapons include surface-to-air missiles, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, Tomahawk cruise missiles, antisubmarine rockets, torpedoes, Phalanx Close-In Weapons Systems and a five-inch rapid-fire deck gun. Electronic warfare countermeasures, decoys, and passive detection systems supplement these weapons.

ROSS' undersea warfare suite consists of underwater surveillance equipment including a hull-mounted sonar and an acoustic array towed behind the ship. Together, these undersea warfare systems give ROSS the capability to detect and prosecute submarines in blue ocean and littoral environments.

Four powerful gas turbine engines provide power for ROSS to successfully complete her warfare missions. They are capable of propelling ROSS to speeds greater than 31 knots. Two controllable reversible pitch propellers assist her rapid acceleration and uncanny maneuverability.

ROSS combines versatility and flexibility to successfully engage any adversary today and into the 21st Century. ROSS and her crew are ready to serve our Navy and our Nation in support of American policy, and stand in defense of democracy and freedom throughout the world.