USS Momsen Returns Home Following Deployment

Story Number: NNS060923-01Release Date: 9/23/2006 10:10:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW) Bruce McVicar, Northwest Region Fleet Public Affairs

EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- USS Momsen (DDG 92) arrived at Naval Station Everett Sept. 22, completing its highly successful maiden deployment.

During the six-month cruise, the ship conducted training and operations throughout Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

"It was a highly successful deployment," said Momsen Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Patrick M. Kelly . "The crew preformed admirably and we are glad to be home."

Momsen spent the majority of the deployment underway in waters of Southeast Asia, and conducted and supported Extended Maritime Interdiction Operations (E-MIO). In addition to Momsen's primary E-MIO mission, they also provided protection for visiting U.S. forces, medical evacuations, and presence operations.

"I was impressed the way our crew came together during our maiden deployment," Executive Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Pete Bozzo said. "It was an arduous deployment; we preformed a lot of unique missions for an AEGIS destroyer. The crew rose above the challenges they faced."

Momsen made six stops during the deployment, including visits to Malaysia, Guam, Republic of the Philippines, Australia and Hawaii. Momsen's crew relished opportunities to embrace the local culture in Pacific Rim nations.

"This was my first deployment and although we were very busy, it was cool to visit a lot of good ports," said Electronics Technician 3rd Class (SW) Joe Beaver.

During their port visits, Momsen was an active participant with local communities in the region.

"Opportunities to visit small islands in Republic of the Philippines are rare, and the Momsen crew was eager to help out and meet local residents," said Chief Donald Loomis, who helped coordinate one of the events.

"The cruise was an awesome experience. The crew was fabulous and showed their professionalism throughout the entire deployment," said Cryptologic Technician (Communications) 1st Class (SW) James Adams. "I visited some ports I have never seen before."

The cruise underlined the United States' desire to interact with South Pacific nations by promoting regional cooperation, which is indicative of the strong and continuing relationship between the host countries and the United States.

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Sailors stationed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) man the rails as the ship pulls away from the pier.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of USS Momsen (DDG 92).
April 7, 2006
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