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USS Milius departs San Diego for six-month deployment

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The guided-missile destroyer USS Milius departed San Diego Wednesday for a six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean and Middle East.

About 280 enlisted personnel and officers will perform maritime security and conduct training while on deployment, according to the Navy. The 505-foot vessel last deployed in 2010, when it guarded an Iraqi oil terminal.

"Milius expects to conduct maritime security and ballistic missile defense operations during the deployment," said Cmdr. Nikki Bufkin, the ship's skipper. "As a multi-mission AEGIS (ballistic missile defense system) destroyer, Milius is prepared to execute a full range of missions in support of U.S., partner and coalition objectives."

The Milius is named for Capt. Paul Milius, a pilot who ordered his crew to bail out of a damaged aircraft over Laos in 1968. Milius was able to get out of the stricken airplane, but he was declared missing in action and his body was never found.

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