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SAN DIEGO (Feb. 5, 2013) - The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer, USS Gridley (DDG 101), returns to homeport San Diego, after a six-month, independent deployment to the 7th and 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility. Gridley conducted eight successful Strait of Hormuz transits, escorting high value units in and out of the Arabian Gulf, and conducted six high-visibility operations in the East and South China Seas, maintaining U.S. maritime presence and improving regional stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rosalie Garcia/Released)
USS Gridley Returns from Deployment
By Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
Media interested in covering USS Gridley's arrival should contact Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs Office by 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 at (619) 437-3873 and plan to meet at Naval Base San Diego Pass/ID office at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 to gain access to the base.

SAN DIEGO - The Arleigh Burke class destroyer, USS Gridley (DDG 101), will return from a six-month, independent deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AOR) Feb. 5.

"Team Gridley performed exceptionally well for the past six months during our deployment," said Cmdr. Rick Kratzer, Gridley commanding officer. "Team Gridley met and accomplished every assigned task with professionalism and served as great ambassadors during nine port visits, promoting peace and stability when interacting with the local population."

While deployed, Gridley participated in various multi-national, high-visibility exercises bolstering interoperability and proficiency with regional naval partners. During the first International Mine Countermeasures Exercise in the Arabian Gulf, Gridley trained with international forces strengthening partnerships among participating countries.

The ship also participated in the "Keen Sword" exercise, improving combat readiness and strengthening the U.S. Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force partnership.

The ship conducted multiple successful Strait of Hormuz (SOH) transits, and conducted high-visibility operations in 7th Fleet, maintaining U.S. maritime presence and improving regional stability.

Gridley helped provide deterrence, promote peace and security, preserve freedom of the seas and humanitarian/disaster response.

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

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