In this file photo, guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) transits off the coast of Hawaii Nov. 13 during the integrated maritime training exercise Koa Kai. (U.S. Navy photograph by MC2 Daniel Barker)

PEARL HARBOR - Guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) will depart Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Nov. 29, for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific.

Chafee, commanded by Cmdr. Justin A. Kubu, is deploying under the Middle Pacific Surface Combatant (MPSC) deployment concept in which Pearl Harbor-based ships deploy in support of operations primarily in the Western Pacific under Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. The crew of more than 250 Sailors will conduct integrated operations in conjunction with coalition partners deployed to the Western Pacific.

Guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare surface combatants. They operate independently for support of carrier and expeditionary strike groups and surface strike groups. the mission of an Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer is to conduct prompt, sustained combat operations at sea in support of national policy.

For more information on USS Chafee, visit the ship's website.