SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett returned to Naval Base San Diego Thursday following a seven-month deployment to the Middle East and western Pacific.About 350 sailors left San Diego in December aboard the 509-foot-long Sterett, part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group. While away, the sailors took part in counter-piracy operations and five multinational exercises and maritime security operations, according to the Navy. The Sterett’s latest deployment was relatively quiet and uneventful compared with its previous deployment. In February 2011, the Sterett was shadowing Somali pirates when they fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the destroyer. In response, Navy SEALS boarded a 58-foot sailboat on which a Marina del Rey couple, Jean and Scott Adams, and their friends, Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle, were killed by pirates, who seized the boat a few days earlier. During the Navy SEAL operation, two pirates were killed and 15 captured. The destroyer is named after Lt. Andrew Sterett, who commanded a U.S. schooner that defeated a more powerfully armed pirate vessel in the Mediterranean Sea in the early 1800s. It’s the fourth Navy ship named in honor of Sterett, who later resigned when another naval hero of the Barbary Wars, Stephen Decatur, was promoted over him, according to the U.S. Naval Institute.
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