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USS Paul Hamilton Deploys

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Story Number: NNS050516-04
Release Date: 5/16/2005 10:00:00 AM

By Journalist 2nd Class Devin Wright, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Family and friends said goodbye to more than 300 officers and crew members of the Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) May 9 at pier Bravo 24.

Paul Hamilton, commanded by Cmdr. Werner Julinka, is on a four-month deployment to Southeast Asia in support of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT). While deployed, the crew will train with numerous Southeast Asian navies to foster relations in support of the global war on terrorism.

Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class (SW) Chris Hart, assigned to Paul Hamilton, is making his second deployment. He believes this one will prove to be even more meaningful than the first.

“This deployment should be a lot of fun,” said Hart, “not only because we are going to make a lot of port visits, but because we are going to work with other navies. We are going to be able to show our status of force and let other countries know we are here to help,” he said.

For some family members, the deployment is not something they are looking forward to.

“This is always hard,” said Jackie Rudolf, girlfriend of a crew member. "That’s the job, though. He is serving his country and I am proud to be with him,” she said.

Paul Hamilton, along with multinational forces, will conduct seamanship events, helicopter operations and various maritime exercises. The ship will return in mid-September.

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