SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson was scheduled to return Friday to its San Diego home port, while the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay will depart Saturday.
The vessel, the fourth named after Rear Adm. William Thomas Sampson, conducted exercises with allied navies in Southeast Asia, performed escort duties in the Suez Canal and assignments with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, according to the Third Fleet.
"As with every deployment, the highlight is returning home (Friday) to happy, loving friends and families and a grateful nation," said the commanding officer, Cmdr. Dwayne Ducommun. "We are truly fortunate and look forward to our next challenge."
The sailors also took part in a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal.
The vessel, carrying 380 officers and men, deployed from San Diego on Feb. 24.
Rear Adm. Sampson served from 1857 to 1902, and was a top commander during the Spanish-American War.
The cruiser Mobile Bay, named for a civil war battle site in Alabama, will be attached to the battle group led by the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis for the next eight months.
The Stennis group is redeploying four months earlier than originally planned amid a growing sense that Israel is preparing to attack suspected nuclear sites in Iran. The Mobile Bay returned from its previous deployment on Feb. 27.