USS Cowpens
"The Mighty Moo"
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130917-N-ES994-032 SAN DIEGO (September 17, 2013) The Ticonderoga class, guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) departs San Diego for a seven-month Western Pacific deployment. Cowpens was part of Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in Japan until earlier this year, when the ship, nicknamed "the Mighty Moo" conducted a hull swap with USS Antietam (CG 54) and returned to San Diego. Cowpens was forward deployed in 7th Fleet for more than a decade, and returns to that area of responsibility for this deployment to help provide deterrence, promote peace and security and preserve freedom of the seas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Elliott Fabrizio)
USS Cowpens Departs for Deployment 
By Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs 
SAN DIEGO - The Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) is scheduled to depart Sept. 17 for a seven-month, Western Pacific deployment.

Cowpens was part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in Japan until earlier this year. Cowpens, nicknamed "The Mighty Moo," conducted a hull-swap with USS Antietam (CG 54) and returned to San Diego.

"Cowpens will return to the 7th Fleet," said Capt. Greg Gombert, Cowpens commanding officer. "Our crew finished repairs and training in four months and now the 'Mighty Moo' is back and ready for action."

Cowpens is named after the American Revolutionary War battle fought Jan. 17, 1781, at the "Cowpens" in South Carolina. During the battle, American soldiers defeated a much superior force of British soldiers, giving the American Army the confidence to pursue the British from South Carolina to Yorktown, Va.

USS Cowpens helps provide deterrence, promote peace and security, and preserve freedom of the seas when deployed.

U.S. Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.

For more information on Cowpens visit the ship's website at:
http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/cg63/

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