USS Curts Leaves On Final Deployment

USS Curts To Conduct Operations Against Drug Traffickers, Criminal Organizations

The guided-missile frigate USS Curts and its crew of 240 sailors left San Diego Friday on its final deployment before being decommissioned.

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Over the next six months, the 453-foot-long Curts and its crew will conduct operations against drug traffickers and criminal organizations in the Atlantic, according to the Pacific Fleet's public affairs office. The Navy plans to decommission the Curts next year after nearly 30 years of service.

The ship was commissioned in October 1983 and is named for Navy Adm. Maurice Curts. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the amphibious landings on Leyte and during the Battle for Leyte Gulf from Oct. 17-29, 1944.

At the time, Curts was captain of the light cruiser USS Columbia. According to his Navy Cross citation, Curts courageously maneuvered his ship through enemy-infested waters, defending U.S. forces against hostile air attacks and assisting in the sinking of at least one Japanese battleship, a cruiser and six destroyers.

Curts died in 1976 at the age of 77 and is buried alongside his first wife at Arlington National Cemetery.

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