Navy destroyer to ship out Thursday

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SAN DIEGO — The guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer on Thursday will depart Naval Base San Diego for an independent deployment to the western Pacific Ocean, Navy officials announced Tuesday.

USS Wayne E. Meyer in San Diego Bay

U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane

The 509-foot-long Meyer carries a crew of about 300 officers and enlisted sailors, who will provide maritime security, according to Naval Surface Forces public affairs office.

“USS Wayne E. Meyer and her crew have spent the last year and a half preparing for this upcoming deployment and we are excited to be headed to the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility,” said Cmdr. Randy J. Van Rossum, the ship’s commanding officer. “We are ready to execute the missions required of us.”

The Arleigh Burke-class ship was named for the late Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer, who is regarded as the “Father of Aegis” for his service as the AEGIS Weapons System Manager and later his development of the AEGIS Shipbuilding Project Office.

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