News Icon

News: USS McFaul Returns to Naval Station Norfolk

Story by Sgt. Shanika FutrellSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

USS McFaul Returns to Naval Station Norfolk Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Bookwalter

Friends and family wait on the pier for the Sailors on board USS McFaul. McFaul returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean and Black Seas where they participated in Operation Assured Delivery in assisting Georgian citizens after the armed conflict between Georgia and Russia.

By Seaman Shanika L. Futrell
Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic

NORFOLK, Va. – Arleigh Burke Class guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul returned to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, Nov. 6, 2008, after a six-month independent deployment conducting Humanitarian relief services in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

McFaul Sailors delivered more than 27 tons of water, hygiene items, baby food, and infant supplies during Operation Assured Delivery. OAD is a U.S. Armed Forces logistical support to humanitarian aid efforts in Georgia following the 2008 South Ossetia conflict.

The 505-foot-long destroyer is home to 275 Sailors and is commanded by Cmdr. Timothy Schorr.

"This deployment was undoubtedly safe and successful," said Schorr. "With every goal that was set, the crew exceeded my expectations and demonstrated excellence in every operational mission that they were apart of by working diligently and showing pride and professionalism."

Mcfaul was part of the Sixth Fleet area of responsibility, and in that area they participated in several exercises such as the Multinational Exercise Sea Breeze.

Multinational Exercise Sea Breeze 2008 is a joint invitational and combined maritime exercise involving 16 countries. It is held in the spirit of partnership for peace in the Black Sea.

"This exercise went very well, and my outstanding crew made this possible. I am pleased to have served with them, as well as the several different nations that participated in the exercise," said Schorr.

Now that the deployment is finished, McFaul is preparing to join the Harry S. Truman Strike Group along with Commander Destroyer Squadron Two Six.

"McFaul's crew were doing outstanding things out there and has a great reputation," said Capt. Michael Strano, commodore, COMDESRON 26. "It's a great opportunity for McFaul to join the Harry S. Truman Strike Group. McFaul will get to participate in all our work-ups and get to deploy with us next year."

Strano also said that Mcfaul will be a great asset to the team judging by the outstanding reputation the crew has made for themselves.

"The crew has shown immense personal dedication and dedication to the Navy during their deployment," said Strano. "It shows that the quality of work that McFaul and her crew is simply outstanding and I look forward to working with them through our work-ups and next deployment."

Connected Media
ImagesUSS McFaul Returns to...
Friends and family wait on the pier for the Sailors on...
ImagesUSS McFaul Returns to...
Friends and family wait on the pier for the Sailors on...

Web Views

Podcast Hits

Public Domain Mark
This work, USS McFaul Returns to Naval Station Norfolk, by SGT Shanika Futrell, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:11.07.2008

Date Posted:11.07.2008 14:11


More Like This

  • The guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) departed Koper, Slovenia, following a port visit, Sept. 6.  
During the visit, McFaul Sailors had the chance to visit with locals and experience the history culture of Koper.
  • The guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) arrived in Victoria, Seychelles, for a scheduled port visit, July 10.
  • USS McFaul, an Arleigh Burke class destroyer on a seven-month deployment in the Gulf of Aden, was conducting a routine patrol in support of Maritime Security Operations to combat piracy, when a small skiff was sighted approximately 100 miles north of Somalia, March 25.
  • USS McFaul captured ten suspected pirates and rescued eight crewmembers from the pirated Indian cargo dhow Faize Osamani, near Salalah, Oman, April 5 after the dhow and three skiffs attempted to attack the Motor Vessel Rising Sun the same day.

News Tags

No tags found.


  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard




  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr