The US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) returned from a 212-day independent deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean June 1.
The ship and crew of more than 300 Sailors, assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23, conducted various presence operations and goodwill activities with partner nations.
While on deployment, Sampson supported the Indonesian-led search-and-rescue efforts for the downed AirAsia flight.
Sampson conducted operations with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force during multiple exercises to include DESRON 15 Multi-national Sail (Multi-Sail) 2015.
Multi-Sail is an annual DESRON 15-led exercise that is designed to assess combat systems and improve teamwork amongst U.S. and partner nations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
Sampson is the fourth U.S. destroyer named after Rear Adm. William Thomas Sampson, who served from 1857 to 1902, and commanded of the North Atlantic Station during the Spanish-American War in 1898.
The ship is homeported in San Diego.
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