Thursday, April 11, 2013

USS Monterey Departs Naval Station Norfolk for Scheduled Deployment

USS Monterey Departs Naval Station Norfolk for Scheduled Deployment

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- After completing all preparations, Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment April 8.

Monterey is deploying to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

"Monterey is a ballistic missile defense (BMD) ship," said Capt. Thomas Kiss, the ship's commanding officer. "While we are a multi-mission platform, our primary mission is to bring BMD capabilities to 6th Fleet for a short period of time and 5th Fleet for a longer period of time on our deployment,"

To get ready for the deployment the ship had to go through a series of training events beginning months before the deployment.

"We went through training events, certifications, and inspections for every potential mission area that the ship could be asked to perform," said Kiss. "This includes everything from basic damage control, seamanship, and engineering to each of the different warfare areas. The purpose was to ensure the ship and crew were fully ready for tasking. Now that we're deployed, our job is to be ready to do any of those missions for our deployed operational commanders in support of U.S. national interests around the world."

Monterey's crew consists of more than 300 Sailors and a detachment from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 48 that operates and maintains the embarked SH-60B helicopter.

For more news from Navy Public Affairs Support Element, Norfolk, visit www.navy.mil/local/pacennorfolk/.

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