MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- USS Doyle (FFG 39) returned from a six-month deployment April 5, after successfully conducting Counter Illicit Trafficking (CIT) operations in the U.S. Southern Command's (USSOUTHCOM) area of responsibility.
Doyle conducted CIT operations in support of Joint Interagency Task Force - South's (JIATF-South) mission to eliminate illicit trafficking posing a threat to national security and regional stability.
"Although this was Doyle's last deployment, she made it possible for the crew to do so much good, not only to combat the 'War on Drugs,' but in building friendships and positive relations with the Central and Southern American states," said Ensign Dylan Vest, USS Doyle main propulsion officer. "I feel proud to have served on Doyle and contribute to the efforts to expand U.S. presence among other countries. It's all about showing other nations that we can work together to build a better place for the next generation."
Working in conjunction with an embarked Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 42 det. 8, Doyle successfully deterred and captured illicit traffickers in the Eastern Pacific. The crew also conducted community relations (COMREL) services and foreign relation projects during the deployment.
Doyle is scheduled for decommissioning July 29, 2011.
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