USS Gary Returns from Final Deployment

The guided missile frigate was deployed for seven months.

Friends, family and loved ones lined the dock Friday, waiting for service members aboard the USS Gary to return from its final deployment. 

The U.S. Navy guided-missile frigate docked after its final deployment at approximately 10:30 a.m.

During its seven-month deployment, its embarked “Scorpions” of Helicopter Maritime Strike 49 Detachment 4 and a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment played an integral role in Operation Martillo.

Operation Martillo is a multi-nation partnership effort launched in 2012 to target illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus.

"This has been a very successful deployment in many regards, a deployment I would refer to as a 'strong finish' for the last remaining west coast frigate in the fleet," said Cmdr. Steven McDowell, Gary's commanding officer, in a statement. "When we departed for this deployment our intent was to make a difference and we did."

Throughout the deployment, the team interdicted 13,921 kilograms of cocaine worth a total of $278.4 million in addition to 18 pounds of marijuana, valued at $17,100. 

Following its return, the ship will begin to prepare for decommissioning.

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