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United States naval vessel deploys for the last time

The HMAS Melbourne has returned to Australia after conducting successful anti-piracy operations."

It's often a momentous occasion when a naval vessel leaves port for a final deployment, signalling an end to years of service and various operations.

USS Kauffman, a guided missile frigate in service with the US Navy, recently left Naval Station Norfolk to join with other vessels in the US 4th Fleet area of responsibility. This will involve patrolling areas around Central and South America.

While this deployment is the final time the USS Kauffman will set sail, it's also the last operation for all Oliver Hazard Perry-Class frigates. Come September 2015 the vessel will be decommissioned, with the USS Constitution becoming the sole remaining frigate in the navy.

Commanding officer of Kauffman Commander Michael Concannon noted the importance of this final deployment, including how it's going to have an impact on all sailors who have served on US frigates in the past.

"I am honoured and humbled to have this opportunity to lead such a capable and proud group of Sailors on this, the final deployment of an FFG-7 class ship, and to be the last in a great line of frigate commanding officers," he explained.

"What a fitting mission for this great ship and crew to leave as its final legacy, keeping drugs off the streets of America by stopping them at the source. We are up for the task. We are ready."

While the US frigates will soon be no more, other capable vessels will take over similar roles, ensuring there is no gap in US defence capabilities.

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