USS The Sullivans joining UK Carrier Task Group

    USS The Sullivans sails behind HMS Queen Elizabeth as she conducted her first Replenishment at Sea with RFA Fort Victoria in the North Sea (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans, departed Mayport Monday, for deployment to participate in HMS Queen Elizabeth Strike Group.

    Last year, USS The Sullivans participated in a similar U.K.-led exercise.

    The exercise provided pre-deployment opportunities for the international strike group.

    The inclusion of U.S. forces in the strike group will improve expeditionary capabilities and interoperability between NATO allies, demonstrating the United States’ commitment to the NATO alliance.

    The USS The Sullivans was commissioned on April 19, 1997, in Staten Island, New York, and is homeported in Mayport, Florida.

    The ship is named in honor of the five Sullivans brothers, who served together aboard USS Juneau during World War II and lost their lives during the Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942, when Juneau was sunk by a Japanese submarine.

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