USS McClusky returns from final deployment

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SAN DIEGO — The guided-missile frigate USS McClusky returned to San Diego Friday morning from its final deployment and will now be prepared for decommissioning.

The vessel and its crew of more than 200 left San Diego on April 10 to conduct anti-drug smuggling missions off Central and South America.

The Navy is phasing out frigates in favor of the new littoral combat ships, which are fast, maneuverable vessels designed for fighting in coastal areas. Another frigate, the USS Gary, left San Diego on Wednesday for its final deployment.

Decommissioning for the McClusky is scheduled for January.

The 32-year-old frigate is named after the late Rear Adm. Clarence Wade McClusky, who led successful dive bomber strikes on Japanese aircraft carriers in the Battle of Midway, which changed the course of World War II in the Pacific in June 1942.