SAN DIEGO — The USS Curts returned to San Diego Tuesday after its final deployment before being decommissioned. The frigate has served for 30 years.
“(It was) absolutely so spectacular,” said Tyler Vidas of the first kiss he shared with his girlfriend after getting off the ship. “(I’m) so glad I’m home in the arms of the woman I love.”
“We’re very, very happy not just to be home but for the things that we did for our country,” said Cmdr. Fermin Espinoza, the ship’s Commanding Officer. “Every kilo of cocaine that we intercepted was a victory for us because we know it’s one less kilo that’s on our streets.”
For many service members, it was especially memorable to be a part of the frigate’s last deployment.
“It’s a pleasure to be a part of something that’s carried 30 years of naval tradition,” said one sailor. “To be a part of the last crew to end that is definitely something special.”
For the Johnson kids, whose father has been deployed nine times, they’re looking forward to eating differently now that dad is home.
“My mom doesn’t cook that much so she gets frozen pizza where he make things from scratch,” said Tylor Johnson. “We’re really, really excited.”
The Curts will be decommissioned January 25th.