USS Vella Gulf Leaves Norfolk for Deployment

The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) underway conducting task force exercises in the Atlantic, Feb. 8, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo/Ensign Chelsea Heard)
The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) underway conducting task force exercises in the Atlantic, Feb. 8, 2017. (U.S. Navy photo/Ensign Chelsea Heard)

NORFOLK, Va. — A U.S. Navy ship has left Norfolk for a seven-month deployment.

Local news media outlets report that roughly 350 sailors on board the USS Vella Gulf left Sunday morning from Naval Station Norfolk. WAVY-TV reports that the ship is expected to return in November.

The guided-missile cruiser is expected to head Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf.

The ship last deployed in March 2014.

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