The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) departed Naval Station Norfolk for deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).

Led by Cmdr. Frank Brandon, commanding officer, Mitscher will conduct maritime security operations and ballistic missile defense as well as continue to strengthen coalition partnerships.

“I’m so proud of the ‘Mitschermen’ and all of the hard work they’ve put in over the last several months, working nonstop,” said Brandon. “We could not do this without the love and support of the families we leave behind.” […]