Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Freedom Arrives in U.S. 7th Fleet

Freedom Arrives in U.S. 7th Fleet

From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
USS BLUE RIDGE AT SEA (NNS) -- The Navy's first littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1), arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) March 20, marking a key milestone in Freedom's eight-month deployment to Southeast Asia.

Arriving within days of 7th Fleet's 70th anniversary March 15, Freedom follows in the wake of countless ships, aircraft and Sailors that deployed to the region over the past 70 years to maintain security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Like those ships, Freedom's deployment to Southeast Asia speaks to the Navy's ongoing commitment to this vital maritime region.

"As the U.S. Navy supports the U.S. government rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific, there is no better place to demonstrate LCS capabilities than in the 7th Fleet AOR," said Vice Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet.

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