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Reuben James Returns to Pearl Harbor

Navy Newsstand

Story Number: NNS040503-04

Release Date: 5/3/2004 11:23:00 AM

By Journalist 1st Class Daniel J. Calderon, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- After spending three months away, USS Reuben James (FFG 57) returned to her homeport at Pearl Harbor April 23.

More than 200 officers and Sailors sailed with Reuben James as she deployed to the eastern Pacific Ocean to monitor, detect and counter drug activities.

During the deployment, the crew aboard Reuben James rescued 149 Ecuadorian men, women and children from the sinking motor vessel (MV) Margyl Margarita March 30, returning them safely to Ecuador.

An SH-60B helicopter from the Kaneohe-based Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 37, Det. 4 was also embarked aboard Reuben James.

Reuben James is a 453-foot long, Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate commissioned in 1986. The ship supports a multi-mission platform designed to escort and protect carrier strike groups, amphibious landing groups, underway replenishment groups and convoys.

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