Thursday, January 10, 2013
As Home Post reported last month, the Navy sent the guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold, the Aegis guided-missile cruiser Shiloh, along with guided-missile destroyers USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald to the Korean peninsula on December 7.
Commanding officer Cmdr. Richard LeBron said in a Navy news release of the Benfold's deployment:
"Our remarkable success over the last seven months is testament to the skills, professionalism, and inexhaustible energy of 'Team Benfold.'
"I woke up every day inspired by my reliable and resolute crew who gave their all each-and-every day to ensure Benfold lived up to our motto and remained '100 percent ready 100 percent of the time.'"
The Benfold made ten different port visits during its deployment, with the Navy hailing Benfold Sailors as 'international ambassadors' while ashore.