USS Mitscher Departs Bahrain


Story Number: NNS111016-04Release Date: 10/16/2011 7:18:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deven B. King, USS George H.W. Bush Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) departed Manama, Bahrain after a five-day port visit, Oct. 4.

The crew took advantage of being pierside to paint the ship and perform equipment maintenance.

"Performing maintenance while in port is much easier than performing it underway," said Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Dave Mullins. "In port we have access to equipment such as lifts and paint floats that allow us to work over the side and get hard-to-reach areas."

Sailors spent a total of 640 hours applying 85 gallons of paint topside and over the side of the ship.

Mullins said the hard work put in by the preservation team while in Manama means less work down the line as Mitscher draws closer to the end of its deployment.

"We're going to look like a shiny, new penny for homecoming," Mullins said.

The port visit also allowed Mitscher's medical department to schedule appointments for the crew at the nearby clinic onboard Naval Support Activity (NSA), Bahrain.

The medical department scheduled 80 audiometric tests, 40 dental appointments and six appointments with specialists for the crew.

"The clinic is a huge asset to the fleet," said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Zach Montanaro, assigned to Mitscher. "Small ships aren't equipped to provide the kind of care the clinic on base can."

After each day's workload was complete, Sailors were given liberty and a chance to relax onboard NSA Bahrain.

"It was good to take care of my shopping list at the Navy Exchange," said Yeoman Seaman Apprentice Jake Brooks. "They have a lot of stuff you can't get in the ship store or in other ports."

Mitscher is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. The strike group consists of Carrier Strike Group 2 staff, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron 22 staff, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64), and USS Anzio (CG 68) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103).

For more news from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn77/.

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