NORFOLK, VA (WAVY) - Roughly 300 sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul deployed from Naval Station Norfolk on Friday.
U.S. Navy officials said the McFaul is heading out on a regularly scheduled deployment to "conduct maritime security operations."
Gallery: USS McFaul deploys from Norfolk
Officials said McFaul's sailors are trained to conduct numerous tasks, incluing ballistic missile defense.
"The Silent Warriors of McFaul are strong, focused, resilient and self-sufficient; which is critical as we sail independently," Cmdr. Janet Days, McFaul’s commanding officer, said in a statement.
The McFaul was commissioned in 1998 as the 24th destroyer in the Navy's Arleigh Burke-class. The ship is named after Chief Petty Officer Donald McFaul, a Navy Seal who died in 1989 during the U.S. invasion of Panama.
It was the first ship in the Navy named after a chief petty officer.
10 On Your Side's Aesia Toliver was pierside in Norfolk for the McFaul's deployment.
Look for more coverage later today on air and online.