These warships leave Japan after more than two decades abroad
John S. McCain has been based with the U.S. 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan since 1997,
Following the 2017 sea collision that killed 10 sailors, the destroyer underwent extensive repairs and resumed operations in the summer of 2020.
He left Japan on Friday and is heading to his new home in Everett Naval Station, Washington, where it will henceforth fall under the command of the American 3rd Fleet.
Meanwhile, Curtis Wilbur arrived at his new homeport of San Diego on Thursday after more than 25 years in Japan, making her the longest forward-deployed vessel in recent history, according to a statement from Marine.
The destroyer will undergo maintenance and upgrades before joining the 3rd Fleet.
Geoff is a senior Navy reporter for the Military Times. He has covered Iraq and Afghanistan extensively and was recently a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He welcomes all kinds of advice at [email protected]