USS Milius enters 7th Fleet waters en route to new Pacific homeport

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Sailors aboard the USS Essex return salutes to the guided-missile destroyer USS Milius last summer off the coast of Southern California.  JACOB OWEN/U.S. NAVY PHOTO
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Sailors aboard the USS Essex return salutes to the guided-missile destroyer USS Milius last summer off the coast of Southern California. JACOB OWEN/U.S. NAVY PHOTO

USS Milius enters 7th Fleet waters en route to new Pacific homeport

by: Caitlin Doornbos | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: May 16, 2018

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The USS Milius crossed into 7th Fleet waters Monday as it continued its journey from San Diego to its new homeport in Yokosuka, Japan.

The guided-missile destroyer, which was updated this past year with the Aegis Baseline 9 combat system, is bringing enhanced missile-defense abilities to the region. The changes “upgrad[ed] its air defense, ballistic missile defense, surface warfare and undersea warfare capabilities,” according to a Navy statement.

“I could not be prouder of this crew and their hard work and dedication leading up to this deployment,” Cmdr. Jennifer Pontius, the ship’s commanding officer, said in the statement. “The crew has trained extremely hard to get the ship fully certified and ready for tasking, and we are excited to operate forward and bring new capabilities to the [forward-deployed naval forces] team.”

The Aegis Ballistic-Missile Defense platform enables the Milius to intercept short-range ballistic missiles within the atmosphere, and short- to intermediate-range missiles above the atmosphere. The ship was supposed to arrive in Yokosuka last year, but the Navy postponed its move so it could be outfitted with the system.

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