San Diego – US Navy vessels deployed abroad for more than 20 years returned to their new homeport at the San Diego Naval Base on Thursday, officials said.
The Navy Surface Fleet has announced that the USS Curtis Wilbur, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, will return to San Diego for regular maintenance, including “regular repairs and upgrades.” He has spent the last 25 years in Yokosuka, Japan, as a forward-deployed vessel, now joining the United States Third Fleet, and authorities have stated that it will be a “unique asset.”
In the statement, Cmdr. Anthony Massy, commander of USS Curtis Wilbur, said the ship’s crew and family were “excited to arrive at San Diego’s new homeport.”
“We are looking forward to preparing and executing operations to support the Third Fleet, bringing a history of” Steel Hammer “professionalism and proud service. [the Indo-Pacific]”Massay said.
According to the Navy, the ship was commissioned in 1994 and joined the Seventh Fleet in Japan in 1995.
According to officials, USS Curtis Wilbur is the longest forward-deployed naval asset in recent history.
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