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Military Sealift Command’s tenth Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Burlington (T-EPF 10) returned home to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story, Va., Oct. 15, after a three and a half month deployment in U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, U.S. Fourth Fleet’s area of operations, which includes the waters adjacent to Central and South America and the Caribbean Sea. Destroyer Squadron 40 embarked U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Adam Huber who served as the officer in charge for the embarked military detachment, while Burlington’s ship master, Capt. Tyler Driscoll, maintained responsibility for the operation and safety of the vessel and discipline of the crew. This deployment was a huge success for a multitude of reasons, Driscoll said. First, let’s talk about the entire crew who “worked and performed exceptionally well together. From the start of the deployment, everyone quickly became a family, completing each mission at the highest standard.” Second, answering the call to support the JTF - Haiti relief effort was a profound moment in our lives, he said. “In the words of one Navy Sailor, “We are all volunteers called to duty, and the fact that we got to answer that call in the pursuit of a noble cause is a career's worth of justification to wear the uniform.” Huber echoed Driscoll’s sentiment. “The fact that we executed counter narcotics and operated with foreign partners, strengthening international relationships, and played an instrumental role in the Haiti relief effort, making a difference in the lives of people in need, was the icing on the cake. We exceeded expectations, and I couldn’t be prouder of the entire crew.” Burlington is one of 14 EFP vessels planned for the Navy. It’s a government vessel owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by Military Sealift Command. It is capable of carrying up to 312 passengers.

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