SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A San Diego-based destroyer deployed to Middle East waters Tuesday to continue the development of the Navy's ballistic missile defense program.
The USS Decatur left Naval Station San Diego around 10 a.m., according to the Navy's public affairs office.
Spouses, parents and children of the more than 300 sailors lined the dock as the ship prepared to set sail.
"It's my first deployment and I'm terrified he's not coming home," one sailor's wife told 10News.
Ballistic missile defense involves shooting down opposing missiles targeting U.S. ships and bases. Recently, there has been growing concern about Iran, which can fire short and medium-range missiles, according to published reports.
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