US Navy destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG 77) completed a seven-month Western Pacific deployment returning to its homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on June 4.
O’Kane departed Pearl Harbor, Nov. 4, to conduct ballistic missile defense operations near the American territory of Guam.
O’Kane remained on station for the majority of deployment, meeting mission requirements and providing protection for American citizens.
“I am extremely proud of the O’Kane sailors,” said Cmdr. Jason L. Tumlinson, O’Kane’s commanding officer. “Their hard work and perseverance enabled the ship to complete all tasks safely and with distinction. I am honored to serve with them.”
While on deployment, O’Kane conducted 24 successful underway replenishments-at-sea, more than 30 helicopter landing operations in support of Guam’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25, and completed 22 small-boat operations for logistics and personnel transfers critical to remaining on station.
Additionally, O’Kane supported at-sea operations with Mark VI patrol boats from Costal Riverine Group 1 with the aim of enhancing Mark VI capabilities.
The ship also made several port calls during deployment, visiting Guam, Saipan, and Yokosuka, Japan. While in port, crew members volunteered for beach clean-up events and participated in Morale, Welfare and Recreation trips, expanding their cultural knowledge of the local areas and serving the local community.
O’Kane’s conclusion of this independent Western Pacific deployment marks the seventh major deployment in nearly 19 years of commissioned service, according to the US Navy.