USS Oscar Austin deploys from Norfolk

USS Oscar Austin departs Naval Station Norfolk May 20, 2014 for a 2-month deployment to the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea. (Courtesy: Naval Surface Force, Atlantic)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Family members lined the pier at Naval Station Norfolk Tuesday morning to wish their Sailors farewell.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) set sail on a two-month deployment to the North Atlantic and Baltic Sea.

Oscar Austin will participate in a bilateral exercise with the Royal Norwegian Navy then will meet up with the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) for exercise Baltic Operations 2014.

“This is an outstanding opportunity that our ship would not normally get to take part in, but we are all excited,” said Fire Controlman 2nd Class Caitlin Bastein. “I think it will be a great learning experience and give sailors perspective on other navies and countries, and it is truly an honor to have been selected to represent the U.S. overseas.”

In 2013, the Oscar Austin crew completed an intensive maintenance availability and pre-deployment work-ups to ensure all systems were operationally ready and the crew properly trained for each mission area.

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