The guided missile destroyer USS Russell at sea. Navy photo
The guided missile destroyer USS Russell at sea. Navy photo

The guided missile destroyer USS Russell is scheduled to return to San Diego on Sunday after a 214-day independent deployment to the Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and Western Pacific.

While deployed to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleets, the ship and its crew of more than 300 sailors operated independently and with two separate carrier strike groups to conduct maritime operations and promote U.S. and partner-nation presence in the region.

During the deployment, Russell provided support to U.S. and partner nations involved in fighting ISIS, participated in multiple international maritime security exercises, and conducted numerous “approach and assist visits” to other ships at the sea.

“I am extremely proud of our Sailors,” said Cmdr. Gill McCarthy, commanding officer of Russell. “Our crew performed at an extremely high level for the entirety of our seven-month deployment, ensuring that we were capable of carrying out a wide variety of tasking at all times.”

The Russell is a multi-mission ship with anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and anti-surface warfare capabilities, able to operate independently or with an associated strike group.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.