Navy to move 4 San Diego warships to new home ports

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SAN DIEGO — The Navy announced Wednesday that the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold will leave San Diego Friday for its new home base in Japan, and that three other destroyers will relocate to Everett, Washington, next year.

In the last couple of years, the Navy has posted its most up-to-date warships in Japan, where they can be ready for missions required in Asian waters. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, based in San Diego for 11 years, left for Japan nearly one month ago.

“We are proud to join the forward deployed forces family in Japan,” said Cmdr. Michele Day, Benfold’s commanding officer.

“After a demanding shipyard period and training cycle, our sailors are anxious to have an opportunity to prove their abilities among some of the most capable ships in our Navy,” Day said. “We look forward to the waterfront camaraderie and sense of community in Yokosuka.”

The ships being sent to Washington state include the USS Gridley, USS Sampson and USS Kidd.

The destroyers are used to provide air defense for carrier strike groups and theater missile defense.

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