The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City returned home from deployment on Friday morning. Part of the crew’s mission included counter illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.
The USS Sioux City traveled more than 14,000 nautical miles and visited six ports during a four-month deployment, according to the Navy. WJCT news partner News4Jax reports sailors are home just in time to spend the holidays with their loved ones.
During deployment, the Navy said Sioux City supported counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. The ship is designed to complete close to shore missions.
It’s equipped with surface warfare mission package personnel, a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment, and an aviation detachment to operate a Seahawk helicopter.
A video report on the homecoming is in an expanded version of this story at News4Jax.com.