SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur will leave its homeport at Naval Base San Diego Friday for an eight-month deployment to the Persian Gulf.
The Decatur and its crew of 33 officers, 39 chief petty officers and 210 enlisted personnel will conduct anti-piracy operations and ballistic missile defense, according to Naval Surface Forces' public affairs office.
"The crew of Decatur has been working tirelessly throughout 2012 to prepare for this deployment," Cmdr. Joel Ellingson, commanding officer of the 505-foot-long destroyer said in a statement. "We would like to thank the family and friends of Decatur for their continued support as we depart on deployment."
The Decatur is the fifth Naval ship named after Stephen Decatur, lauded for his heroism during the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. Its last deployment ended in April 2011.