– The guided-missile frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41) is scheduled to depart San Diego Jan. 4 for an independent deployment to the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
McClusky will deploy in support of Combating Transnational Organized Crime (C-TOC) operations. A crew of 30 officers and 210 enlisted Sailors will conduct integrated operations with Joint Interagency Task Force South, based in Key West, Fla. and Coast Guard District 11, based in Alameda, Calif.
Commanded by Cmdr. Darren W. Glaser, McClusky will embark two SH-60B helicopters from Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49 Detachment 4 that will provide aerial support. Additionally, a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment will be assigned to the ship to conduct boardings and law enforcement operations.
"I am impressed with how hard the crew has worked over the past few months. We have been able to seamlessly integrate both our Coast Guard and HSL-49 detachments, focused as one team, on one goal," said Cmdr. Glaser. "We are all well trained and ready to take on C-TOC operations as well as support the Fourth Fleet commander’s theater security cooperation strategy."
USS McClusky is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1, led by Commodore John Steinberger, and is one of two guided-missile frigates in DESRON 1. McClusky has completed more than 20 drug seizures since the ship began deploying to the Eastern Pacific in 2000. During the most recent C-TOC deployment in 2009, McClusky disrupted more than 11 metric tons of cocaine bound for the United States.
McClusky helps 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.