September 17 (WNN) — The USS John S McCain left for its new homeport at Naval Station Everett, Wash., in Yokosuka, Japan, on Friday after 24 years, the Navy said.
Since the Earle Burke-class guided-missile destroyer arrived in the area in the summer of 1997, it has operated independently and with carrier strike groups in the region.
While stationed ahead of Yokosuka Fleet Activities, USS John S McCain has supported joint and multinational exercises and military operations, including military operations in Iraq.
It also had a role in humanitarian missions such as providing relief after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
Captain Chase Sargent, Commander of Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron 15, said in a press release on Friday: “This is definitely a change of guard with the USS John S McCain and his crew leaving the 7th Fleet after 24 years in Japan ” release.
“The contribution of present and all past crew to the defense of peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific cannot be overstated, and the entire Forward-Deployed Fleet wishes fair winds to John S. McCain as he heads to Everett, Washington.” transfers to her new homeport,” said Sgt.
In 2017, the ship collided with a chemical tanker off the coast of Singapore, resulting in the death of 10 sailors. Two years later, it returned to sea after receiving upgrades and repairs.
Most recently, the USS John S. McCain has traversed the Taiwan Strait several times, a routine exercise that the US says is part of its commitment to a “free and open” Indo-Pacific.
USS John S McCain participated in the annual multinational exercise Malabar during her most recent seven-month deployment.
The exercise focused on the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and the Royal Australian Navy as well as anti-submarine and anti-surface operations on Malabar.
USS John S McCain will join America’s Third Fleet, which leads naval forces in the Indo-Pacific.