The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul (DDG 74) entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations Oct. 18, 2015, after more than five months in U.S. 5th Fleet.
While in U.S. 5th Fleet’s theatre of operations, McFaul was the lead Ballistic Missile Defense unit for Operation Inherent Resolve,and conducted routine maritime security operations while engaging in theatre cooperation efforts in the region.
- During the McFaul’s time in U.S. 5th Fleet, the ship and crew received various accolades as a highly skilled military unit, and were recognized for the contributions they made to strengthening ties among many of the Gulf Coast nations.
- McFaul conducted approach-and-assist visits with local mariners, lead multi-national naval exercises, and an extensive number of community relations projects in support of the citizens of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
- McFaul operated in tandem with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike group (TRCSG), comprised of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), USS Normandy (CG 60), and the destroyers USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) and USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81).
- Since deploying, McFaul has steamed over twenty-six thousand nautical miles, and made port calls in Spain, Greece, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.
- McFaul, homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
- U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.