USS Curtis Wilbur Departs Yokosuka for Routine Patrol

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ellen Hilkowski,
USS Curtis Wilbur Public Affairs

160905-N-YB832-026 YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 6, 2016) ミ Chief (select) Quartermaster Anthony Keim operates a surface search radar console on the bridge as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) departs Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for patrol. Curtis Wilbur is on patrol with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 off the coast of Japan supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ellen Hilkowski/Released)

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YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 6, 2016) – Chief (select) Quartermaster Anthony Keim operates a surface search radar console on the bridge as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) departs Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for patrol. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ellen Hilkowski/Released)

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 5, 2016) – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) departed Yokosuka, Japan, with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 for routine patrol.

Curtis Wilbur’s departure is following a one-month Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV) period at Fleet Activities Yokosuka.

While in port the crew completed Total Ship Readiness Assessment I and II, Continuous Maintenance Availability, and earned the ship’s Search and Rescue and Antiterrorism Force Protection Certifications. Additionally, the ship received a ballistic missile defense upgrade and the engineering department recertified for maintenance and material management.

“This was a very successful maintenance period,” said Cmdr. Amy Graham, Curtis Wilbur’s commanding officer. “As always, we executed our mission and our liberty fantastically.”

Curtis Wilbur is slated to participate in a number of exercises during the patrol. These exercises are focused on integration of joint training among U.S. forces in support of current operational plans.

160905-N-YB832-007 YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 6, 2016) ミ Gunnerユs Mate 2nd Class Antonio Pedraza stands watch at one of the MK-38 25mm consoles on the bridge as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) departs Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for patrol. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ellen Hilkowski/Released)

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YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 6, 2016) – Gunnerユs Mate 2nd Class Antonio Pedraza stands watch at one of the MK-38 25mm consoles on the bridge as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) departs Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for patrol. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ellen Hilkowski/Released)

“This will be a great opportunity for Curtis Wilbur Sailors to show off their skills in an operational exercise,” said Senior Chief Intelligence Specialist Jason Scott. “We are well-trained and well-prepared for any contingency and this should be a lot of fun.”

Curtis Wilbur is on patrol with Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) in the Philippine Sea supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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