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BMD-upgraded Mahan heads to Mediterranean

Dec. 28, 2012 - 07:31AM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 28, 2012 - 07:31AM  |  
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NORFOLK, Va. The guided missile destroyer Mahan is set to deploy after receiving a ballistic missile defense upgrade.

The Navy said Mahan will deploy from Naval Station Norfolk on Friday. It will join the Navy's 6th Fleet area of operations, which includes the Mediterranean, northern Africa and Europe.

Reports said that the ship received a ballistic missile defense upgrade in 2011 and has been training for the mission since then.

Naval Surface Force Atlantic spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Bill Urban said Mahan was armed with missiles capable of shooting down ballistic missiles and with a system that can track those missiles.

Mahan was commissioned in 1998 and is the fourth ship named after Alfred Thayer Mahan, a master naval strategist.

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