Updated: Thursday, 09 Aug 2012, 12:00 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 09 Aug 2012, 12:00 PM EDT
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The USS Vella Gulf is scheduled to return to Naval Station Norfolk Aug. 11 after 7-month deployment.
According to James DaAngio with the Coast Guard, the USS Vella's (CG 72) 320 sailors and 40 officers were deployed Jan. 3 to assist in ballistic missile defense and maritime security in the Mediterranean and Black seas.
Additionally, DaAngelo says the USS Vella's crew assisted in training and exercises with allies including France, Greence, Israel, Italy, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.
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