The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) returned to Norfolk Naval Station yesterday, July 19, following the successful completion of her final scheduled deployment.
Elrod deployed to the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet area of operations in late January advancing national security interests in Europe and Africa, conducting maritime and theater security operations and partner-building exercises.
The ship conducted port visits to Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia in support of enhancing maritime partnerships.
In Mauritania, crewmembers conducted damage control and vessel boarding, search and seizure (VBSS) training for members of the Mauritanian Navy. In addition, they hosted a reception for foreign dignitaries and military officers. In Morocco, the Elrod crew hosted another reception and engaged in a Passing Exercise through the Straits of Gibraltar with the Moroccan Navy.
The crew also visited Greece, Portugal and Italy.
Also, while patrolling the Mediterranean Sea, Elrod assisted USS Bataan (LHD 5) in the rescue of 282 persons in distress.
Elrod was commissioned in 1985 and named after U.S. Marine Corps aviator, Maj. Henry T. Elrod. He was the first aviator to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor in World War II, which was awarded posthumously for his heroism in the defense of Wake Island on Dec. 11, 1941.
Press Release, July 20, 2014; Image: US Navy