From Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) will depart San Diego for an independent deployment to the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) in the Western Pacific Ocean, April 12.
"We are all anxious to begin our deployment to the Seventh Fleet Area of Operations," said Cmdr. Steven Prescott commanding officer. "The ship and crew have been prepared for this deployment through a series of exercises and workups throughout the training cycle.
This is a great ship and the crew is second to none. Vandegrift is ready for any tasking that comes our way."
The ship and its crew of approximately 25 officers and 185 enlisted Sailors is one of six Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates and will deploy for the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise.
Also deploying with Vandegrift are the Scorpions of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light 49, Det. 6, led by Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Carlson. Vandegrift falls under the command of Destroyer Squadron 1, led by Commodore Eric C. Young.
The ship was recently involved in training Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) personnel in integrating S-70 helicopters into the RSN fleet. RSAF pilots made a historic first-ever underway landing of an S-70 aboard USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) last November.
Vandegrift (FFG 48), named for Gen. Alexander A. Vandegrift, U.S. Marine Corps, was built at Todd
Pacific Shipyards in Seattle, Wash. and was commissioned Nov. 24, 1984. The ship completed eight years of service in Yokosuka, Japan in support of Forward Deployed Naval Forces, departing Aug. 14, 2006, to make San Diego its new homeport.
Vandegrift helps provide deterrence, promote peace and security, preserve freedom of the sea and humanitarian/disaster response within 3rd Fleet's 50-million square mile AOR in the Eastern Pacific, as well as supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy when forward deployed.
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