NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The crew of the USS Churchill decked at Naval Station Norfolk Thursday.
USS Churchill is part of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Carrier Strike Group that deployed in June. The ship and her crew served under the John C. Stennis CSG when the Eisenhower returned to Norfolk.
"You name it, Winston S. Churchill has done it over the past nine months," Commanding Officer Cmdr. Chris Stone said.
This includes 35 weapons exercises, 41-underway replenishments and more than 1,000 hours of flight operations and still finding time for port visits to Albania, Jordan, Montenegro, Portugal and the United Arab Emirates.
Churchill made history by conducting joint counter-piracy exercises with the People's Liberation Navy of China.
"They were incredibly professional," Stone said. "They were happy to be working with us. Their teams were well-trained."
Last August, USS Churchill made international headlines when the ship responded to an emergency at sea and performed a daring aerial rescue of a commercial mariner from a Panamanian cargo ship off the coast of Oman.
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