U.S. Deploys Interceptor Missile Destroyer To Eastern Mediterranean
Voice of Russia
January 16, 2013
US beefs up E Mediterranean missile defences
The American destroyer USS Mahan with interceptor missiles on board has arrived in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The development coincides with the deployment of Patriot batteries near Turkey’s border with Syria. Two have already arrived from the United States.
By next Tuesday, another two are expected to arrive from the Netherlands, and two from Germany.
Voice of Russia, Interfax
December 28, 2013
USS Mahan embarks on deployment
NORFOLK, Va. – USS Mahan left Naval Station Norfolk Friday morning for a deployment, set to return next summer.
According to the Navy, USS Mahan will deploy to the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility to participate in Ballistic Missile Defense operations.
“This allows us to go offshore, in international waters and provide defensive capability against a ballistic missile threat. It’s a very important mission for both our nation and our allies over in the Mediterranean,” CDR Adam Aycock said.
Emotions ran high at the deployment.
“It’s always hard to send someone overseas, especially when you know there may be some kind of conflict and things going on…,” Michelle Hewitt, a sailor’s sister, said.
Mahan is the fourth ship named after Alfred Thayer Mahan, considered to be the father of all modern navies.