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USS Thach returns to San Diego

USS Thach returns to San Diego


USSThachReturnsSAN DIEGO — The guided-missile frigate USS Thach returned to its San Diego home port Friday following an independent deployment that was nearly cut in half by sequestration budget cuts.

The vessel had been operating off Central and South America to counter drug smuggling.

“It’s a bittersweet feeling to return home early from deployment,’ said Cmdr. Hans Lynch, the commanding officer. “Our counter-narcotics mission is valuable to the U.S. and our partner nations, but I’m glad that we are all able to reunite with our loved ones back here in San Diego.”

Sailors and a U.S. Coast Guard detachment on the vessel, which departed San Diego Jan. 8, seized nearly 836 pounds of cocaine and more than 1,110
pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of more than $10 million.

The crew of 220 also refurbished books and delivered them to an elementary school in Panama.

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