Destroyer USS Benfold heads for Yokosuka

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 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Benfold steams alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.    Nathan Burke/U.S. Navy
Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Benfold steams alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Nathan Burke/U.S. Navy

Destroyer USS Benfold heads for Yokosuka

by: Jeanette Steele | .
The San Diego Union-Tribune | .
published: October 05, 2015

The Navy destroyer USS Benfold left San Diego on Friday, bound for its new home in Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.

Benfold’s departure is part of the Navy’s strategic plan to send the most advanced and capable hardware to Asia, as China and North Korea increase their military posture.

Yokosuka is home to the U.S. 7th Fleet.

"After a demanding shipyard period and training cycle, our sailors are anxious to have an opportunity to prove their abilities among some of the most capable ships in our Navy,” said Cmdr. Michele Day, Benfold's commanding officer, in a Navy release.

“We look forward to the waterfront camaraderie and sense of community in Yokosuka."

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrived Thursday at Yokosuka, replacing the USS George Washington and taking over as the Navy’s only forward-deployed carrier and the centerpiece of Pacific forces.

The destroyer, with hull number 65, was commissioned in San Diego in 1996.

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