USS Russell returns to San Diego after 7-month deployment
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The USS Russell returned to San Diego Sunday morning after a seven-month independent deployment. The crew of 300 operated in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, as well as the Persian Gulf. Maritime security operations, strikes against the Islamic State and escort missions for carrier strike groups were all undertakings of the crew, according to the Navy.
"I am extremely proud of our sailors,” said Cmdr. Gill McCarthy, commanding officer of the USS Russell. "Our crew performed at an extremely high level for the entirety of our seven-month deployment, ensuring that we were capable of carrying out a wide variety of tasking at all times."
The guided-missile destroyer was previously stationed at Pearl Harbor until 2013, when it was transferred to San Diego and underwent a major overhaul. The 20-year-old vessel was named after a father and son; a Civil War sailor and Marine from the Spanish-American War who became the 16th commandant of the corps.