US Navy USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) Transits Suez Canal
US Navy USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) Transits Suez Canal

US Navy USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) Transits Suez Canal


The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-classguided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) transits the Suez Canal, March 5. The guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) seized illicit shipments of weapons and weapons components from two stateless dhows during a maritime security operation in international waters off the coast of Somalia, Feb. 11-12. Winston S. Churchill is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) returned to homeport in Naval Station Norfolk March 19, after nearly nine months deployed in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. Winston S. Churchill participated in important training exercises with international partners to foster positive relationships while encouraging freedom of navigation and maritime security. She transited the Strait of Gibraltar twice, the Suez Canal twice, the Straits of Bab-el-Mandeb 14 times (nine transits with escort duties), and the Strait of Hormuz 8 times (five transits with escort duties).

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USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer of the U.S Navy. She is named after Sir Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. This ship is the 31st destroyer of her class. Winston S. Churchill was the 18th ship of this class to be built at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, and construction began on 7 May 1998. She was launched and christened on 17 April 1999. On 10 March 2001, she was commissioned during a ceremony at Town Point Park in Norfolk, Virginia.

US Navy USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81)
The guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) returns to Naval Station Norfolk, March 19, after nearly nine months deployed in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. Winston S. Churchill, along with the embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70, traveled nearly 60,000 miles during the deployment and completed 26 strategic choke point transits, escorting a total of 23 vessels over 14 of those transits. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kris R. Lindstrom)
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