Norfolk, Va. - The USS Nitze left Naval Station Norfolk on Friday for a seven-month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea.
The Navy says the ship will conduct maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in and around the waters of Europe and Africa.
“The U.S. Navy has routinely deployed throughout Europe and Africa to promote peace, regional cooperation and security. Nitze will continue to do its part to help ensure this is maintained,” said Cmdr. John Bub, commanding officer.
This is the 4th deployment for the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer since she was commissioned in 2005.
She leaves with more than 220 sailors and civilians.