USS Vandegrift scheduled to return to San Diego on Wednesday

Vessel returning after 6-month deployment

SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift is scheduled to return to its San Diego homeport on Wednesday following an independent six-month deployment, the Navy announced Monday.

The vessel and its crew of 184 took part in five exercises along with the forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand during its voyage, according to the Navy. It also operated with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington.

"The honor of commanding this outstanding crew and returning this proud warship to its homeport after a successful deployment is matched only by the respect deserved by our sailors and their families," said Capt. H. Thomas Workman, Vandegrift's commanding officer. "Their mutual dedication to our national objectives is unmatched and represents the cornerstone of Vandegrift's and our Navy's success."

The ship is named for General Alexander Vandegrift, who led Marines in the Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II and served as the 18th commandant of the Marine Corps.

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