The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) returned to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, July 10, after completing an eight-month independent deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR).
The ship departed in November 2014 to support maritime security and anti-piracy operations. Along with other American forces, Oscar Austin aided coalition efforts to protect allied shipping lanes and defend against the continued threat of piracy in the region.
Oscar Austin Sailors gave back to communities they visited by participating in nine community relations projects in Seychelles, Mauritius and Portugal.
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