The guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) departed Naval Station Norfolk April 22, for an independent deployment in support of ballistic missile defense, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 4th, 5th, and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
McFaul will deploy as part of the ongoing mission to preserve regional security and protect the global flow of trade, in addition to supporting U.S. forces operating around the world and guarding against current and emerging ballistic missile threats.
Commissioned in 1998, McFaul is the 24th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built by the Navy. She is named after Chief Petty Officer Donald McFaul, a Navy Seal who died during Operation Just Cause in 1989.
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