The guided-missile frigate USS Klakring (FFG 42) departs Souda Bay, Greece, following a port visit. Klakring, homeported at Mayport, Fla., is deployed conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More the than 200 sailors stationed on board USS Klakring returned home Saturday to Naval Station May Port, after the ship finished its final deployment.
During the six month deployment to the Caribbean Sea and eastern coast of South America, the ship and crew participated in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in support of anti-piracy operations, said Bill Austin, a public affairs officer for Naval Station Mayport.
To conduct their reconnaissance, the Navy used unmanned Fire Scout helicopters.
The Fire Scouts are unmanned aerial vehicles that track and target in battlefields and urban environments, Austin added.
Commander Darrell Canady was happy with USS Klakring's final deployment.
"We brought back everybody that we left with which is of course always the goal, and Klakring's legacy lives on through the contributions we made to the Fire Scout program during this historic deployment."
The Navy is now making preparations to decommission the ship which is scheduled to be finished on March 22, 2013, according Canady.
"It was our final deployment and when I took command about two years ago, I asked the crew to go out on top and to save the best crew for last and they've delivered at every turn," he said.
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