The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations April 10, 2018, to conduct a routine deployment in support of U.S. maritime security interests, increased regional stability and forward naval presence in the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations.
While in U.S. 6th Fleet, Sailors aboard Winston S. Churchill maintain the high level of readiness developed from working up to deployment and certifying with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group in February during Composite Training Unit Exercise.
“While deployed, Winston S. Churchill will operate in the U.S. 5th and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operations conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts alongside allies and partners. This deployment is part of a regular rotation of forces and I have full confidence in my crew and their abilities to respond when called upon”, said Cmdr. Tom Van Scoten, Commanding Officer of USS Winston S. Churchill.
Winston S. Churchill departed Naval Station Norfolk April 5, 2018, for a routine deployment.
In 2017, Churchill participated in exercises Formidable Shield and Joint Warrior, both held in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, strengthening partnerships and honing key skills with NATO allies and partners.
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.
USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81)
USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81) is the 31st Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer of the United States Navy.
She is named after British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
Winston S. Churchill was the 18th ship of this class to be built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, and construction began on 7 May 1998. She was launched and christened on 17 April 1999. On 10 March 2001, she was commissioned during a ceremony at Town Point Park in Norfolk, Virginia.