USS Vicksburg Passes Halfway Point

Story Number: NNS120712-07Release Date: 7/12/2012 11:40:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick Scott, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

USS Vicksburg, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) passed their deployment's halfway point the first week of July.

This marks a significant milestone in the 20-year-old cruiser's final deployment.

"It's definitely been an interesting deployment so far," said Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Seaman Roger Coleman, who is on his first deployment. "I've learned a lot and visited a lot of places I've never seen before and I'm looking forward to visiting more."

Vicksburg has visited three ports so far this deployment including Greece, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

"This deployment has helped me grow as a Sailor," said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Sims, who is on his fourth deployment. "I learn new things about my job and about the Navy every day. No matter how many deployments you go on, you can always learn more and improve your skills."

During the first half of deployment, 18 Vicksburg Sailors earned their Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist pin and more than 100 are poised to earn it before the end of deployment.

The Vicksburg crew marked the halfway point by sending a video made by the crew to Mayport, Fla., for friends and family to view.

They also celebrated the halfway mark by holding a steak cookout for Sailors July 5.

This is scheduled to be Vicksburg's final deployment before decommissioning in 2013. Vicksburg is on its final deployment operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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