The US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) returned to her Norfolk, Va., homeport, Oct. 17, after completing an eight-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations.
Arleigh Burke began her deployment Feb. 15, and traveled a total of 32,250 nautical miles in support of ballistic missile defense, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf.
While there, the ship and its crew took part in multiple naval air and surface exercises with allied and partner nations, serving as an opportunity to foster larger partnerships and coalitions among navies and military services around the world. Arleigh Burke also responded to emergency calls of man overboard incidents and distress calls from maritime vessels from various nations in danger of piracy.
While operating in both theaters, the ship made port visits to France, the Kingdom of Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, and Italy.
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