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Navy destroyer Gonzalez deploys from Va.

Saturday - 1/5/2013, 8:04am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Navy says the guided-missile destroyer Gonzalez has deployed from Norfolk Naval Station.

Officials say the ship and crew of 276 will relieve the Oscar Austin.

The ship deployed Friday and is headed to the 5th Fleet area of operations. That area includes the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.

The Virginian-Pilot reports ( http://bit.ly/S8Rtu7) that the Gonzalez is led by Cmdr. Chris H. Inskeep. The ship is named for Sgt. Freddy Gonzalez, a Marine Medal of Honor recipient who was killed in 1968 during the initial phase of Operation Hue City in Vietnam.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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