USS Kidd Returns Home To Naval Station Everett

September 21, 2020

Everett

The pier was filled with happy people today as the USS Kidd returned to Everett. Here’s the story as provided by the public affairs office at Naval Station Everett.

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USS Kidd photo courtesy US Navy

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG100) returned to their homeport of Naval Station Everett on September 21, following the ship’s deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations.

Kidd deployed in April 2020, along with an embarked detachment from the “Wolf Pack” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75 (HSM 75). During deployment, they conducted U.S. Southern Command and Joint Interagency Task Force South’s enhanced counternarcotics operations missions in the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Kidd Sailors aided the embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) in the recovery of 805 kilograms of suspected cocaine worth over an estimated wholesale value of $30 million. In addition, the crew rendered assistance to a fishing vessel in distress, towing the vessel over 200 nautical miles to safety, and participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the El Salvadoran Navy.

While on deployment in a COVID-19 environment, a primary focus of ship’s leadership was crew safety.

“This deployment has been extremely challenging, but Kidd set the standard for operational mission execution and readiness”, said Cmdr. Nathan Wemett, Kidd’s commanding officer. “I thank all the Sailors and U.S. Coast Guardsmen
who overcame many obstacles in order to carry out our mission.”

“I could not be more impressed with my team of Sailors, chief petty officers, and officers for their accomplishments,” said Cmdr. Matt Noland, Kidd’s executive officer. “They were able to safely execute missions vital to national security and I am thankful for all of the Kidd families who maintained the home front during a challenge none of us anticipated prior to our deployment.”

“Each ship that has operated in the U.S. 4th Fleet AOR has represented the best our Navy has to offer and I am proud of their resiliency, professionalism and more importantly their sense of service and duty, said Capt. Tom Myers, commodore, Destroyer Squadron 43. “Because of them, as a force, we have been able to advance our goals significantly as relates to counternarcotics operations and other maritime missions.”

Kidd partnered with other U.S. Navy warships, as well as numerous U.S. agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security, in the effort to combat transnational organized crime. The Coast Guard, U.S.
Navy, Customs and Border Protection, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with allied and international partner agencies, are all playing a role in counter-drug operations.



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