Members of the "Blue" crew of the USS FREEDOM (LCS 1) were reunited with their family members on December 23 when the ship returned to her homeport of San Diego, marking the completion of the first deployment of a Littoral Combat Ship.
FREEDOM deployed from San Diego on March 1, with her "Gold" crew in charge, for operations with the U.S. 7th Fleet. Operating primarily from Singapore, the ship participated in a number of theater security cooperation and maritime presence operations with partner nations. In August, her Blue crew relied the Gold crew, continuing operations which included providing humanitarian assistance and disaster response in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.
"This deployment was a huge success for the LCS program, for us as a crew, and for the Navy in general," said Cmdr. Dale Heinken, commanding officer of Freedom's Blue Crew. "The sailors did very well executing the mission."
You can read about FREEDOM's Christmas week homecoming in these stories published by the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.