The US Navy frigate USS Elrod set sail on a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea yesterday, 14 January.
The commanding officer of the ship, Cmdr. Brad Stallings, said that the ship will conduct several exercises with African nations and security operations during the deployment.
This is 11th deployment for USS Elrod since her commissioning. She completed three deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, five to the Persian Gulf, one to the Adriatic Sea, and one to the Caribbean Sea.
The ship belongs to the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, which were designed in US in the 1970s with general purpose to escort vessels. These ships were produced in 136- meter long and 138- meter long variants.
Naval Today Staff, January 15, 2014; Image: US Navy