Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, like Ticonderoga-class cruisers, of which the Pentagon has 87 (70 of the first, 17 of the second), are equipped to fire Standard Missile 2 IIAs recently tested to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). See videos below. – RR


U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet
January 17, 2023

USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) visits Tallinn, Estonia

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt returned to the Baltic Sea, Jan. 17, 2023, after a scheduled port visit to Tallinn, Estonia.


Roosevelt hosted Montana Senator Steve Daines, his Chief of Staff Darin Thacker, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Gabrielle Cowan, and Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu while in Estonia’s capital city. The ship’s crew also hosted a luncheon for Commodore Jüri Saska, Commander of the Estonian Navy, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Estonian Navy, Master Chief Erki Piirfeldt, and other Estonian Navy staff personnel.

“The Sixth Fleet Area of Operations is geographically large…vitally important strategically,” said Cmdr. John Mastriani, Roosevelt’s Commanding Officer. “Port visits like this one give…us the invaluable opportunity to build tightknit relationships with our Allies. Roosevelt’s work here with the Estonians contributes to the strength and cohesion of the NATO alliance through…operations at sea.”

Roosevelt’s visit to Tallinn reaffirms the U.S. Navy’s commitment to NATO Allies and partners….The ship’s visit to Tallinn follows multiple U.S. stops to the port city in 2022, demonstrating the cohesion and combined capability of like-minded nations in the Baltic Sea.

Roosevelt, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, began its fourth Forward Deployed Naval Forces-Europe (FDNF-E) patrol Sept. 27 in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet….