Thursday, March 15, 2012

James E. Williams Departs Norfolk for Fourth Deployment

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel J. Meshel, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS, At sea (NNS) -- Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) departed Norfolk Naval Station March 12 on the ship's fourth deployment with the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group.

James E. Williams is scheduled to deploy to the U.S. Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation as part of an ongoing rotation of U.S. forces supporting maritime security operations in international waters around the globe.

"We are a multi-mission platform," said Christopher M. Senenko, the commanding officer of James E. Williams, "and we are extremely flexible in our ability to respond to anything that the regional commanders need us to do."

The ship recently completed a series of training events and certifications with the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group during composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) to ensure operational readiness and cohesiveness.

The operating effectiveness of the destroyer during COMPTUEX will be fundamental as the ship travels to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) to work with allied and partner maritime forces.

"In a training environment the crew is able to practice procedures and techniques that they may potentially encounter while deployed," said Senenko. "COMPTUEX gave us exposure to multiple mission-sets and taskings needed to execute future operations in the 5th and 6th Fleet AOR."

Beyond mission success the deployment aboard James E. Williams offers Sailors a chance to develop professionally, visit foreign ports, and gain qualifications.

"This is a great time for the crew," said Senenko. "They're able to focus on personal growth and achieving the next milestone in the life of this great warship."

James E. Williams is slated to begin an extended yard period following the destroyer's return from deployment.

The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group is comprised of James E. Williams, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65), Carrier Air Wing 1, Destroyer Squadron 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69), and guided-missile destroyers USS Porter (DDG 78), and USS Nitze (DDG 94).