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October 28, 2021

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Cruiser Bunker Hill Returns to San Diego After Six-Month Deployment

USS Bunker Hill
The guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill. Navy photo

The guided-missile cruiser Bunker Hill returned to its homeport of Naval Base San Diego Saturday, marking the end of its six-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. Navy said.

The cruiser left San Diego on Dec. 23, 2020, as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, said Sean Robertson of the U.S. Navy Public Affairs Office.

Rear Adm. Doug Verissimo, commander of the Carrier Strike Group Nine, marked the return by praising sailors aboard the Bunker Hill.

“The Bunker Hill crew should feel very proud of what they’ve accomplished over the last six months,” Verissimo said Saturday. “As the air defense commander, they answered the call every step of the way, even during a challenging double-pump deployment under COVID conditions. I could not be more pleased with their performance and resilience.”

The Bunker Hill’s mission was to conduct maritime security operations and naval exercises, Robertson said. Most recently, the Bunker Hill participated in exercises in the Gulf of Alaska.