US Guided Missile Cruiser Vella Gulf Enters 6th Fleet Area of Operations - Navy

© AFP 2023 / RADU TUTAAn US Navy officer walks on deck at the USS cruiser Vella Gulf missile cruiser. (File)
An US Navy officer walks on deck at the USS cruiser Vella Gulf missile cruiser. (File) - Sputnik International
The US guided-missile cruiser Vella Gulf recently entered the 6th Fleet area of operations for maritime security and missile defense operations, the US Navy said in a statement on Tuesday.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Vella Gulf commanding officer Capt. Mark Oberley said the ship underwent extensive maintenance and repair. Prior to leaving port, the crew engaged in rigorous training and readiness exercises in preparation for operations in the Atlantic Ocean.

"The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf entered the 6th Fleet area of operations on April 29," the statement said. "Vella Gulf is deploying as an independent forward-deployed unit in support of maritime security and ballistic missile defense operations in international waters across the globe."

The Vella Gulf was commissioned on September 18, 1993. It is named after the destruction and defeat of Japanese naval forces at Vella Gulf during the Solomon Islands Campaign in the Second World War.

The Navy's 6th Fleet patrols nearly half of the Atlantic Ocean, from the North Pole to Antarctica, as well as the Adriatic, Baltic, Barents, Black, Caspian, Mediterranean and North seas.

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