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USS Gary returns to San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The frigate USS Gary returned to its San Diego home port Thursday after an anti-narcotics mission of about 6 1/2 months.

The 300 sailors aboard patrolled the waters around Central America, and made three seizures totaling four tons of drugs with a street value of about $140 million, according to the Navy.

The Gary's commanding officer, Cmdr. Christopher Budde, said he was proud of his crew.

"Their diligent efforts made a positive impact on the flow of illegal narcotics to the U.S.," Budde said. "They made a commitment to improving the ship and delivered through hard work on the condition of the spaces and training in every warfare area."

The vessel made port calls to Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Panama, and took part in exercises and operations with ships from Canada, Colombia, Guatemala and Panama.

The ship is named after the late Cmdr. Donald Gary, who was an engineering officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin when it was hit by a bomb from a Japanese aircraft on March 19, 1945. Gary, who helped rescue several hundred men below decks, was awarded the Medal of Honor.

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