Princeton To Deploy This Week To Persian Gulf
(NAVY TIMES 07 JUN 10)
SAN DIEGO - The guided missile cruiser Princeton will leave its homeport this week for an independent cruise to the Persian Gulf region, Navy officials said Monday.
Princeton will take its crew of 330 and a detachment of two SH-60B Seahawk helicopters on the deployment to the North Arabian Gulf, where they will join in maritime operations including counter-piracy missions and defense of oil platforms, 3rd Fleet officials in San Diego said in a news release. The ship is scheduled to depart San Diego Naval Base on Thursday.
"We're looking forward to the upcoming challenges of deployment across the whole spectrum of warfare areas," Princeton's skipper, Capt. Rich Haidvogel, said in a statement. "The crew has been training hard, and we are ready to go."
Princeton previously had deployed in 2008 as part of the Nimitz carrier strike group before beginning a scheduled maintenance period.