Monday, September 10, 2012
Cmdr. Nicholie T. Bufkin, commanding officer of Milius, said of the deployment:
"Milius deployed to provide ballistic missile defense capabilities. Our day-to-day operations were theater security cooperation conducting maritime security operations to build partnerships and good will. As a multi-mission capable destroyer, Milius was always ready to accomplish all tasking. I'm proud of the great job done by the officers and crew."
The Milius took part in exercises to protect Iraq's infrastructure with Kuwait's navy, the British navy, and the U.S. Coast Guard, according to Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs. The ship also provided security to local fishermen and merchants in international waters while deployed.