HSM-48 Detachment Five returned to Naval Station Mayport on Nov. 4 after completing a seven-month deployment to the Navy’s U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation on board the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81).
During deployment, the ship traveled more than 40,000 nautical miles and navigated the Straits of Gibraltar four times, the Straits of Sicily four times, the Bab al-Mandeb four times, and the Danish straits twice, among other transits.
“I am extremely proud of everything the crew has accomplished during our time in 5th and 6th
Fleet,” said Cmdr. Tom Van Scoten, Winston S. Churchill commanding officer. “Although tasking often shifted rapidly, we remained strategically dependable as well as operationally adaptable. The strength of this ship truly is the crew.”
The crew also conducted nearly 20 underway replenishments, 26 sea and anchor details, and 600 hours of helicopter operations in support of various missions across both areas of operations.
Foreign ports visited include Tallinn, Estonia; Brest, France; Souda Bay, Greece; Faslane, Scotland; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; and Rota, Spain.