NORFOLK (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) returned to Naval Station Norfolk April 4 after an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.
The ship departed Aug. 18, 2013 for the Mediterranean and has since covered more than 36,000 nautical miles in support of the nation's ballistic missile defense strategy.
"We provided a ready, flexible force where it mattered, when it mattered," said Cmdr. Robert Alpigini, Stout's commanding officer.
Arriving in theater as the Syria crisis was unfolding, Stout participated in interoperability exercises with more than 10 partner nations and allies, including Germany, Great Britain, France, Israel, Italy and Turkey. Stout capped her time in theater by participating in the maritime operation that re-took the vessel "Morning Glory" that had been seized by three armed pirates.
"A great deal was asked of this crew and at every point they shattered all expectations," said Alpigini. "Both my crew and our nation are stronger for what we have done over the last eight months."
In addition to the missions Stout conducted, her crew of nearly 280 Sailors found time to make tremendous personal strides. Thirty-eight Sailors were promoted and more than 120 earned their Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designations.
A multi-mission ship, Stout is designed to conduct sustained combat operations in anti-air, anti-submarine, anti-surface, strike warfare and BMD environments. Stout is named after Rear Adm. Harold Stout, a decorated World War II destroyer captain, and Adm. Arleigh Burke's most trusted subordinate throughout the war in the Pacific.
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