FFG 39 Doyle
DOYLE has completed four Mediterranean Deployments, two Persian Gulf deployments, and a Standing Naval Forces Atlantic cruise. She has participated in the "Drug War" through Counter-Drug Operations (CDOPS) in the Caribbean Sea, and escorted USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) around South America. During the circumnavigation, DOYLE set a new speed record for the class by traveling over 16,000 miles in just 1000 hours underway. DOYLE returned from the Persian Gulf late in 1996, DOYLE conducted an unprecedented 72 queries and 39 boardings in support of the UN embargo against Iraq. Their efforts resulted in the confiscation of more than $3 million of contraband. Additionally, DOYLE participated in Operation Desert Strike, the only Mayport unit to be involved.
DOYLE also participated in Fleet Week '98 and will return to Fleet Week '99. DOYLE completed UNITAS in November of 1998.
UNITAS is U.S. Navy's longest-running annual deployment; the word UNITAS is Latin for "unity". This operation promotes a cooperative maritime strategy in the region while supporting the U.S. policy of continued engagement in South America through forward presence. UNITAS 39-98 was conducted with nine South American Navies over a four-month period. The U.S. Task force 138 made up of USS DOYLE (FFG 39), USS MOOSBRUGGER (DD 980), USS LA MOURE COUNTY (LST 1194), USS BOSTON (SSN 703), and USCGC MOHAWK, circumnavigated South America in a clockwise direction.
On January 19, 2000, USS DOYLE and embarked HSL-47 Det. 6 departed Mayport, Fla. en route to a multi-purpose deployment in the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean. During this deployment the frigate intercepted a vessel named REBELDE off the coast of Ecuador while conducting routine counter drug operations. After detaining and searching the suspicious vessel, DOYLE's embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) discovered six tons of cocaine. REBELDE was taken under tow and delivered to St. Petersburg, Fla.
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