SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile frigate, USS McClusky (FFG 41) and guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) are scheduled to return to San Diego July 3 after independent deployments to two different areas of the world on two completely different missions.
McClusky deployed to the eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea on a Combating Transnational Organized Crime (C-TOC) mission while John Paul Jones executed ballistic missile defense (BMD) and maritime security operations (MSO) missions in the western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Middle Eastern regions.
McClusky, commanded by Cmdr. Murzban Morris, performed a variety of tasks during the deployment. While conducting operations, McClusky, along with an embarked air detachment from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HSL) 49 and a U.S. Coast Guard detachment interdicted more than 4,600 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of $174 million.
John Paul Jones, commanded by Cmdr. Jon Duffy, while conducting MSO on March 15, responded to a distress call from a merchant ship on fire and rescued 24 civilian mariners providing a safe haven, clothing and food to them.
McClusky and John Paul Jones help provide deterrence, promote peace and security, preserve freedom of the sea and humanitarian/disaster response within 3rd Fleet's 50-million square mile area of responsibility in the Eastern Pacific, as well as supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy when forward deployed.