08 Feb '13, 12am

USS Barry begins deployment. Fair winds and following seas. #OPERATEFORWARD

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) will depart Naval Station Norfolk Feb. 7 for a Ballistic Missile Defense deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. The ship will deploy to the European theater as part of the Phased Adaptive Approach, the purpose of which is to protect European allies, partners, U.S. forces in the region, and the U.S. homeland against current and emerging ballistic threats. The ship last deployed in July 2011 and played a key role in operations Odyssey Dawn and Enduring Freedom, launching 55 Tomahawk cruise missiles in support of establishing a no-fly zone over Libya. "The crew has overcome a number of challenges and performed superbly in preparation for deployment," said Cmdr. Thomas J. Dickinson, commanding officer. "They are...

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