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Philippine Sea to Return from Deployment

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Story Number: NNS040311-03

Release Date: 3/11/2004 10:49:00 AM

From Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and embarked Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron, Light (HSL) 44, Det. 3 will return to its homeport of Mayport, Fla., March 12 after completing a five-month deployment with the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) in support of the global war on terrorism.

During the ship's deployment, Philippine Sea served as the overall command ship for Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) in the Persian Gulf. The ship's Visit, Board, Search and Seizure team conducted more than 120 MIO vessel boardings in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the global war on terrorism. Most notable was Philippine Sea's simultaneous takedown of two dhows carrying more than two tons of illegal drugs with possible terrorist ties. In addition, Philippine Sea provided protection of the al Basra oil terminal, keeping more than $60 million of oil a day flowing into the Iraqi economy.

Philippine Sea, commanded by Capt. Stephen J. Johnson, is 12th in a line of Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers, and was commissioned March 18, 1989.

Modern U.S. Navy guided-missile cruisers are multi-mission [anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare] surface combatants capable of supporting carrier strike groups, amphibious forces, or of operating independently and as flagships of surface strike groups. The cruisers are equipped with Tomahawk Cruise missiles, giving them additional long-range strike mission capability.

The Enterprise CSG deployed in support of the global war on terrorism Oct. 2.

Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group (CCDG) 12, Rear Adm. J. G. Stavridis, commands the CSG, which consists of the following ships: the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier Enterprise with its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 1; the guided-missile cruisers Philippine Sea and USS Gettysburg, (CG 64) homeported in Mayport, Fla.; the combat logistics ship USS Detroit (AOE 4), homeported in Earle, N.J.; and the attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755), homeported in Groton, Conn.

Other ships attached to the CSG returned to their respective homeports as follows: the flagship of the CSG, Enterprise, returned to Norfolk, Va., Feb. 29; Gettysburg returned to Mayport, Fla., Feb. 27; Detroit returned to Earle, N.J., March 1; and Miami returned to Groton, Conn., Feb. 12.

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