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April 17, 2015 / iDriveWarships

Last West Coast Frigate Returns from Final Deployment

USS Gary arrives at Naval Base San Diego

Today, Navy frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) returned to Naval Base San Diego from its final deployment prior to decommissioning, marking the final deployment of a frigate in the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

During the seven-month deployment, Gary operated in U.S. 3rd Fleet and U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations with the embarked “Scorpions” of Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) 49 Detachment 4, and a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment (LEDET). The team played an integral role in Operation Martillo.

Operation Martillo is a U.S., European and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort launched in January 2012 targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. Partner nations work together to counter the spread of transnational criminal organizations, and to protect citizens in Central America from the violence, harm and exploitation created by these criminal groups.

The team successfully interdicted 13,921 kilograms of cocaine with a wholesale value of $278.4 million, and 18 pounds of marijuana valued at $17,100.

A decommissioning ceremony for Gary is scheduled for this summer. Following the ceremony, the ship is slated for foreign military sales.

HSM-49 Detachment 4 flew more than 700 hours of flight operations throughout the deployment, and their return to Naval Air Station North Island yesterday marks the last active-duty deployment of the SH-60B Seahawk. The sundown ceremony for the SH-60B is scheduled for May 11.

Click here to view photos of the Gary homecoming.

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