NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - USS Monterey is headed to the Arabian Gulf. The ship deployed Monday from Naval Station Norfolk.
The U.S. Navy says the Monterey will relieve USS Paul Hamilton on the regularly scheduled deployment.
The Monterey is one of six Atlantic-based ships equipped to perform the Ballistic Missile defense mission and is commanded by Capt. Thomas K. Kiss.
"The crew has worked very hard over the past year and a half preparing for this deployment," Kiss said. "The ship and crew are ready. I am confident Monterey is prepared to execute all missions in support of the U.S. Navy's Fifth and Sixth Fleets."
With a crew of 236 Sailors and officers, USS Monterey is the fourth ship to take on the name, with the first serving from 1863 to 1892. The ship is named after the 1846 Battle of Monterey.
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