Norfolk, Va. – The Arleigh-Burke class guided missile cruiser USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Friday morning after a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 4th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
The ship left Norfolk on January 27th and headed to the Caribbean to conduct operations in support of Operation Martillo, a U.S., European and Western Hemisphere effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in waters along the Central American isthmus.
The ship later entered the U.S. 6th Fleet and conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, North Sea and Baltic Sea.
With visits to 16 different countries across Europe, Jason Dunham served a critical role in U.S. partnership building missions ashore.
During the deployment, 92 Sailors earned their Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist pin while seven officers earned their Surface Warfare Officer qualification, and one Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer qualification.