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USS Robert G Bradley Returns to Mayport

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Story Number: NNS051012-09
Release Date: 10/12/2005 3:33:00 PM

By Lt. j.g. Chris Rankin, USS Robert G. Bradley Public Affairs

MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- The Mayport-based frigate USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) pulled into Mayport Oct. 4, bringing an end to a six-month deployment.

The ship has been deployed to the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean since early April conducting Counter Narco-Terrorist Operations (CNTOPS). During her six-month deployment, Robert G. Bradley worked closely with other naval and Coast Guard assets in several drug interdiction operations, resulting in the prevention of some 14 tons of cocaine from reaching the streets of the United States.

Naval and Coast Guard ships involved in CNTOPS in the Eastern Pacific come under U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command’s (NAVSOUTH) area of responsibility. The Joint Inter Agency Task Force - South (JIATF-S) has tactical control of NAVSOUTH assets involved in CNTOPS and works closely with Coast Guard Districts 7 and 11 in conducting operations.

In August, the ship offloaded 14 tons of cocaine confiscated during the deployment as a result of several operations closely coordinated between Coast Guard District 11 and JIATF-S.

Robert G. Bradley made several port visits in both the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean during her deployment. The ship visited Acapulco, Mexico; Curacao, Netherlands Antilles; Acajulta, El Salvador; Panama City, Panama; San Juan, Puerto Rico and, most recently, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Upon departing Fort Lauderdale, 59 relatives of Robert G. Bradley Sailors embarked a one-day “Tiger cruise” back to Mayport. The Tigers saw demonstrations of the some of the ship’s capabilities and enjoyed a “steel beach” picnic on the flight deck, followed by a deployment slide show and a movie that evening.

Since the beginning of the deployment in April, eight Sailors became new fathers, 33 Sailors qualified as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS), six officers qualified as Surface Warfare Officers (SWO), and 13 Sailors reenlisted in the Navy. Despite the long work hours, 90 Sailors were also able to complete college courses through the ship’s on-board Program for Afloat College Education (PACE) professor.

Following a monthlong leave period, Robert G. Bradley will begin an extended selected restricted availability (ESRA) followed by unit level training (ULT) in preparation for her next Fleet Response Plan mission.

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