NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) will depart Naval Station Norfolk Feb. 7 for a Ballistic Missile Defense deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
The ship will deploy to the European theater as part of the Phased Adaptive Approach, the purpose of which is to protect European allies, partners, U.S. forces in the region, and the U.S. homeland against current and emerging ballistic threats.
The ship last deployed in July 2011 and played a key role in operations Odyssey Dawn and Enduring Freedom, launching 55 Tomahawk cruise missiles in support of establishing a no-fly zone over Libya.
"The crew has overcome a number of challenges and performed superbly in preparation for deployment," said Cmdr. Thomas J. Dickinson, commanding officer. "They are motivated, positive, and ready to execute all assigned missions."
Dickinson said of his newest Sailors, who will be going on their first deployment, "They have joined a team of dedicated Sailors who take pride in the Barry's contribution to the Navy and our country."
Commissioned in 1992, Barry is the second Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. She is the fourth ship named after the "Father of the American Navy," Commodore John Barry.
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