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USS Fort Worth Departs San Diego Monday For Record 16-Month Deployment (Video)

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USS Fort Worth Departs San Diego Monday For Record 16-Month Deployment
The USS Fort Worth will depart Naval Base San Diego on Monday for a 16-month deployment, the longest for a Navy ship since 1973.

The USS Fort Worth will depart Naval Base San Diego on Monday for a 16-month deployment the longest for a Navy ship since 1973, when the USS Midway deployed for 327 days (about 10 months).

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Stars and Stripes points out the Midway's epic deployment was with one crew. This will not be the case with the USS Fort Worth:

[T]he crew of 54, plus the 24-person aviation squadron, will swap out early next year, and that group will be replaced again late in 2015...<br><br>The crew will switch out a third time before it returns to San Diego.
In addition to its record-setting deployment, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Fort Worth is making news for another reason, according to City News Service:
The vessel's maiden deployment will include the first use of a drone helicopter aboard a deployed LCS.

That drone helicopter would be the MQ-8B Fire Scout drone. Click here to see it in action.

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San Diego television station KGTV explains how the Fort Worth is learning from the mistakes of the first Littoral Combat Ship to deploy, the USS Freedom: