EVERETT — The USS Ingraham is coming home for the last time.
The 1980s-era U.S. Navy frigate is expected to return to its home port, Naval Station Everett, on Tuesday. It is to be decommissioned Nov. 14, according to a Navy news release.
During its final deployment, the Ingraham was part of a multinational force fighting illegal drug trafficking in Central America’s coastal waters. The operation was called Martillo — Spanish for “hammer.” The mission seized 26,316 pounds of cocaine, according to the Navy.
Also taking part in the operation were Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 49 Detachment Two and three U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachments.
“These sailors and Coast Guardsmen have done an amazing job,” Cmdr. Daniel Straub, Ingraham’s commanding officer, said in the release. “The crew members have been tremendous ambassadors of the Navy and the United States. I cannot imagine a better final deployment with a finer crew. Ingraham has certainly lived up to her motto: ‘The Last &the Finest’.”
The USS Ingraham is part of Destroyer Squadron Nine 9, Naval Surface Forces and U.S. 3rd Fleet. It is the fourth Navy ship named for Capt. Duncan Ingraham (1802-1891). He served in the U.S. Navy before resigning his commission for a post in the Confederate Navy.
Upon return, the ship’s crew will get the ship ready for its decommissioning.