USS Underwood Ends Duty after Very Productive Life

By Dialogo
November 13, 2012

The USS Underwood (FFG 36) returned to Naval Station Mayport, Florida, on October 30, from its Southern Seas 2012 deployment to Central and South America and the Caribbean. The return marked the end of the ship’s final deployment.

The ship is scheduled to be decommissioned in March 2013. Throughout its six-month mission, Underwood took part of theater security cooperation and counter-narcotic operations.

The ship participated in the multinational exercises UNITAS Atlantic, UNITAS Pacific, and Silent Forces. The ship also trained with Chile and Colombia during bilateral exercises. In August and October, Underwood directly supported Operation Martillo, recovering an estimated $27.5 million worth of cocaine with the help of the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachments 101 and 107.

The ship made 23 port visits including stops in Peru; Chile; Panama; Colombia; Jamaica; Curacao; Trinidad and Tobago; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Honduras; and Key West, Florida. Southern Seas is an annual U.S. Southern Command-directed operation implemented by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command / U.S. 4th Fleet and carried out by Commander, Destroyer Squadron 40.