USS Porter Departs Naval Station Rota, Begins Fifth FDNF Patrol

The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain to begin its fifth forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations on April 2, 2018.

The ship’s patrol is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to strengthening strategic partnerships in the European and African region.

“We are excited to be heading out on our fifth patrol. The crew has completed a lot of hard work and training while we were in port over the last four months, and the ship is ready to meet all tasking”, said Cmdr. John V. Tobin, Commanding Officer of USS Porter.

While on patrol, Porter will conduct naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.

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

USS Porter (DDG-78)

USS Porter (DDG-78) is the 28th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer of the United States Navy.

Porter is the fifth U.S. Navy ship to be named after U.S. Navy officers Commodore David Porter, and his son, Admiral David Dixon Porter.

Porter was the 12th ship of this class to be built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was laid down on 2 December 1996, launched and christened on 12 November 1997, and commissioned 20 March 1999, in Port Canaveral, Florida.

On 12 November 2009, the Missile Defense Agency announced that Porter would be upgraded during fiscal year 2013 to RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) capability in order to function as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. In 2016 the after CIWS mount was replaced by a SeaRAM missile system to further support her anti-ballistic missile defense mission.

On 30 April 2015, Porter arrived at Naval Station Rota, Spain. Naval Station Rota is Porter’s new permanent homeport. Porter joins three other US destroyers at Rota. These four ships are assigned to the United States Sixth Fleet, and will conduct ballistic missile defense patrols in the Mediterranean Sea in support of Commander, US Sixth Fleet’s mission.

Due to a Russian naval threat in the Mediterranean, Porter was upgraded with a SEARAM launcher for the RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile replacing the aft CIWS.

MC3 Ford Williams, USS Porter

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