Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sweet Reunions as USS Farragutwraps Nine-Month Deployment

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sweet Reunions as USS Farragutwraps Nine-Month Deployment

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Byline: David Bauerlein

The USS Farragut steamed home Sunday to cheers from a joyous crowd after a nine-month deployment that included intercepting an arms shipment.

Navy voyages typically last six months, so the extra time at sea ratcheted the anticipation even higher among family and friends waiting at the Mayport pier for the 275 sailors.

Mayor Alvin Brown was among those on hand to salute their return.

"May God continue to smile upon you," he told them. "Welcome home, USS Farragut."

Then it was time to play catch-up in the swirl of tight hugs and passionate kisses as sailors streamed off the ship.

Brown told the crowd that one of the Farragut's missions involved successfully intercepting a shipment of "illegal arms" off the coast of Yemen.

The Navy did not have additional details about that mission.

The Navy said the destroyer helped prevent piracy against vessels in the Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin.

After departing Mayport on June 20, the destroyer's 81,000 nautical miles of travel also took it across the Arctic Circle to visit a Russian port. …

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