EVERETT, Wash. - The guided-missile frigate USS Ford (FFG 54) will depart Naval Station Everett, May 9th for a deployment to the Seventh Fleet area of responsibility in the Western Pacific.
Ford and her crew will participate in multi-national exercises, patrols and training missions. Ford is part of an on-going rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations.
Ford has completed regular ship maintenance and training in preparation for the deployment that will include strengthening international partnerships across a range of operations. Ford's mission during the deployment will directly support the Navy's Maritime Strategy by providing forward presence, deterrence, maritime security, and humanitarian assistance and disaster response wherever necessary.
Ford is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) Nine and is commanded by Cmdr. Donald Foss.
Ford is an Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate, a capable warship that provides multimission offensive and defensive capabilities and can operate either independently or as part of a larger strike group.
Ford 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.