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MAYPORT, Fla. -- The USS Halyburton left Wednesday on its final deployment before being decommissioned later this year.

The ship and its crew are on a five-month deployment to assist with Operation Martillo, which works to target "illicit trafficking routes" in Central American waters, according to a release from Naval Station Mayport Public Affairs Officer William Townsend.

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On its previous deployment in August 2012, the USS Halyburton assisted in NATO's Operation Ocean Shield, which fought piracy off Somalia's coast.

The ship returned from that deployment in February 2013.