Following delays, USS Gonzalez deploys from Naval Station Norfolk

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190315-N-VC599-0065 NORFOLK (March 15, 2019) A loved one watches as the guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) departs Naval Station Norfolk. Gonzalez deployed to conduct ballistic missile defense and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert/Released)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Roughly 300 sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez deployed from Naval Station Norfolk Friday morning.

The deployment comes two days after the Gonzalez was scheduled to leave Norfolk. However, repair work to the ship forced officials to push its departure back.

The U.S. Navy said in a news release the ship’s crew will conduct ballistic missile defense and theater security operations during its time overseas.

“Team Gonzalez has worked tirelessly through the phases of training approaching this deployment,”
Cmdr. Christopher J. Schwarz, the Gonzalez’s commanding officer, said in a statement.

The Gonzalez was commissioned in 1996.

It is named for Marine Corps Sgt. Alfredo “Freddy” Gonzalez, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor after he died protecting members of his platoon during the Battle of Hue City in the Vietnam War.

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