- USS Gary (FFG 51) returned home from a seven-month South Pacific independent deployment in August and began a 112-day yard period Sept. 28.
"The Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) is a vital portion of a ship's life," said Lt. Ted Huebner, Gary's operations officer. "It's a time to get a lot of preservation work done. We're maintaining the ship in order to keep it in top condition so that we can go out and continue to fight. Our job now is to put in the effort to make sure the ship is ready to carry out the nation's business."
During the SRA, Gary will not receive any major additions, because it is due to be decommissioned in 2015. The ship, which was commissioned in 1984, will receive software updates and general maintenance.
"We have INSURV (Board of Inspection and Survey) coming up in 2012 and a deployment, so we're making sure that we are ready to carry out our operational commitments," said Cmdr. Kurt Kyle, Gary's executive officer.
The ship's crew has much hard work ahead of them during this yard period, but are happy to be reunited with their families.
"I'm extremely happy with the success of our deployment," said Cmdr. Christopher Budde, Gary's commanding officer. "The crew's hard work and training paid off with an exceptional performance. The tremendous support we received from our families throughout the deployment was vital to keeping the crew working together. We are proud of our success in this important mission and we are very happy to be home with our loved ones."
During its recent deployment, Gary was instrumental in the disruption of more than $100 million of illegal narcotics in the 4th Fleet area of responsibility. After a post-deployment standdown, the frigate enters a restricted availability yard period to prepare for its upcoming Rim of the Pacific Exercise.
For more information about USS Gary, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ffg51/Pages/default.aspx