USS Reuben James #FFG57 returns to #Hawaii for the final time after a 7 month deployment
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (NNS) -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Reuben James (FFG 57) returned to its homeport May 3 from a deployment to the western Pacific. It is likely the ship's final deployment prior to decommissioning this summer. During the ship's seven-month deployment, the crew of Reuben James participated in a series of bilateral maritime exercises or Cooperative Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) while conducting at-sea security scenarios, helicopter operations, a search and rescue practical, and surface gunfire drills in the Seventh Fleet area of responsibility. "First and foremost, thank you to the crew of USS Reuben James for your outstanding performance," said Reuben James Commanding Officer Cmdr. Daniel Valascho. "Our motto is 'Back with a Vengeance,' but now we're back with a sense of satisfaction, knowing we di...