EVERETT — The USS Ralph Johnson returned to Naval Station Everett Thursday morning, following its first-ever deployment.
The ship left in April 2020, after a “restriction-of-movement period,” a news release said. That was a measure to avoid exposing the crew to COVID-19. At the beginning of the pandemic, the Naval Station Everett ship USS Kidd experienced an outbreak at sea.
During deployment, the Ralph Johnson helped apprehend more than 2,000 pounds of narcotics from a vessel in the Arabian Sea, among other accomplishments.
“The crew’s performance was amazing from start to finish,” commanding officer Cmdr. Rob Biggs said in a statement. “They excelled in every operation.”
In its maiden deployment the ship sailed 78,186 miles.