EVERETT, WA -Guided-missile Frigate, USS Ingraham (FFG 61) will depart Naval Station Everett Tuesday, Sept. 8 for a deployment to the Western Pacific.
Ingraham is commanded by Cmdr. Matthew D. Ovios and falls under the command of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 led by Capt. Michael J. Slotsky
Ingraham and her crew of 25 officers and 172 enlisted Sailors will participate in multi-national exercises, patrols and training missions. Ingraham is part of the on-going rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations.
Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates are fast warships that provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities, and can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups, and underway replenishment groups.
During the past few months, USS Ingraham has conducted several training exercises off the Pacific coast, including composite unit training, joint task force training and a Destroyer Squadron Nine Group Sail. She also completed fleet synthetic training as part of the deployment training cycle and is fully prepared and ready to deploy in support of contingency and humanitarian missions.
Ingraham's mission during the deployment will directly support the U.S. Maritime Strategy by focusing on joint and international partnerships across a range of operations through forward presence, deterrence, freedom of the world's sea lanes, maritime security and humanitarian assistance/disaster response.
Media wishing to cover the departure of Ingraham should contact the Naval Station Everett Public Affairs by 4 p.m on Friday, Sept. 4 at 425-304-3202.