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McFaul Enters U.S. 6th Fleet

February 3, 2019 at 8:10 PM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William Hardy

The guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) entered U.S. 6th Fleet’s area of operations on Feb. 2, 2019.

While in theater, the McFaul will support allies and partners in the region. McFaul and its crew of over 300 sailors are ready to take on the mission at hand.

“The crew of the McFaul is excited to exercise all of the warfare training that we have conducted over the past two years,,” said McFaul’s Command Master Chief Jason Kutsch. “We look forward to continuing to support and work with our allies overseas and the opportunities that can then become available.”

McFaul will be conducting theater security cooperation port visits, and the crew aims to immerse themselves in the culture of the countries in the region.

USS McFaul commissioned in 1998 after Chief Petty Officer Donald L. McFaul, who was an engineman and Navy SEAL. Demonstrating the highest level of valor and leadership, he was killed during Operation Just Cause at Paitilla Airfield, Republic of Panama. The Arleigh Burke class destroyer is the first ship in the Navy to be named after a chief petty officer.

U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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