Following delays, final deployment of Navy frigate underway

(WAVY/Walter Hildebrand)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The final deployment of a Navy frigate is underway after a series of delays pushed back its departure date.

The USS Kauffman left Naval Station Norfolk on Friday for a six-month deployment off Central America. The ship was originally scheduled to leave Virginia on Wednesday, but bad weather delayed it by a day. The Thursday departure was delayed by a mechanical issue with its anchor windlass. The windlass hoists the anchor.

Video: Commanding officer on Kauffman deployment

Once it is in the waters off Central America, the Kauffman will be part of a multinational, counter-narcotics operation known as Operation Martillo.

When the warship returns, it will be the last frigate in the Navy’s inventory to be decommissioned later this fall.

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