USS Gary Departs for Final Deployment

Story Number: NNS140924-09Release Date: 9/24/2014 1:53:00 PM
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From Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) departed on an independent deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility, Sept. 24.

Gary will deploy with its crew of 240 Sailors. The ship is expected to play an integral part in the counter-illicit trafficking mission Operation Martillo (Spanish for "hammer"), in support of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S 4th Fleet and U.S. Southern Command.

Operation Martillo targets illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus and is an international, interagency operation which includes the participation of 14 countries committed to a regional approach against transnational criminal organizations moving illicit cargo.

Along with the crew of Gary, the drug interdiction team includes the ship's organic Visit, Board, Search and Seizure team providing support for the embarked Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment. A Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light Squadron 49 detachment will provide embarked air support. The law enforcement phase of counterdrug operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean is conducted under the tactical control of the 11th Coast Guard District headquartered in Alameda, California.

Gary helps provide deterrence, promote peace and security, preserve freedom of the seas and humanitarian assistance/disaster response.

The ship is scheduled to be decommissioned after completion of this deployment culminating in more than 30 years of service to the country.

Joint, interagency and international relationships strengthen U.S. 3rd Fleet's ability to respond to crises and protect the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners.

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The guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) departs to participate in the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014.
140709-N-QG393-036 PEARL HARBOR (July 9, 2014) The guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) departs to participate in the at-sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tiarra Fulgham)
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