Thursday, March 28, 2013

USS Winston S. Churchill Returns Home

USS Winston S. Churchill Returns Home

From USS Winston S. Churchill Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) returned to Naval Station Norfolk March 28, after a nine-month deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

Churchill travelled more than 56,000 nautical miles under the leadership of Cmdr. Chris Stone, commanding officer, while safely conducting 41 underway replenishments, 35 weapons exercises and more than 1,000 hours of flight operations.

The ship made port visits to Albania, Jordan, Montenegro, Portugal, and United Arab Emirates where the crew participated in several community relations projects.

"I couldn't be more proud of this crew; the successes they have achieved over the past nine months are truly remarkable," said Stone. "They met every challenge head on, adapting and overcoming time and again to set the standard for excellence.

USS Winston S. Churchill made headlines around the world Aug. 20, 2012, when tragedy struck off the coast of Oman. The ship responded to an emergency at sea aboard the civilian Motor Vessel Belde; one crew member had been killed and another required advanced medical care. The rescue, executed under adverse environmental conditions, led to a helicopter litter recovery from the vessel's bridge wing and expeditious evacuation to a hospital, ultimately saving the mariner's life.

Churchill made history by participating in the first U.S Central Command joint counter-piracy exercise between the United States and the People's Liberation Army (Navy) of China. Three crew members served as translators throughout the exercise ensuring smooth communications.

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