NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher are back home.
More than 300 people on the Mitscher helped with operations in the Middle East and Europe during the deployment, which was the first for about half of the ship’s crew.
“I could not be more proud of Mitscher’s Sailors, chiefs, and officers during this deployment,” Cmdr. Ian Scaliatine, commanding officer of the Mitscher, said in a statement. “The Mitscher team responded well in every situation and overcame every challenge with the utmost professionalism and absolute dedication.”
The Mitscher was deployed from Naval Station Norfolk in September for the first time since 2014. In between that time, the Mitscher underwent a mid-life dry docking.
Navy officials said the Mitscher conducted integrated operations with the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group and the Essex and Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Groups.
Cmdr. Matt Cox, executive officer of the Mitscher, said, “Mitschermen represented our Navy, and our nation well, by providing a visible presence throughout the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, and the Arabian Gulf.”
The ship’s crew conducted multiple exercises with multinational allies including India and France. During the deployment, the Mitscher navigated more than 45,000 nautical miles.
The Mitscher, which is the Navy’s seventh Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, is named after Adm. Marc A. Mitscher — who was captain of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet during the the Doolittle raids against Tokyo.