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USS Benfold to leave for Western Pacific and Middle East Friday

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold is scheduled to leave San Diego Friday for an eight-month independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East, the Navy's Third Fleet announced Thursday.

The ship will take part in ballistic missile defense and anti-piracy missions, according to the Navy.

"The importance of Benfold's (ballistic missile defense) capability in support of global mission requirements is definitely significant, and we take full pride in that fact," said Cmdr. Dave Oden, Benfold's commanding officer. "BMD is a high-demand mission and we are very excited to be in theater providing that kind of capability with an outstanding, hard working crew."

The vessel's last major deployment was between September 2009 and March 2010.

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