NORFOLK, Va. — The destroyer Mahan will leave Monday for the Middle East, marking the ship's first deployment since a sailor was shot and killed on its deck in March.
The Norfolk-based vessel will be gone about five months, the Navy said in a news release this morning. It's heading to the Arabian Gulf to conduct security operations.
The deployment isn’t in response to the crisis in Iraq; it was scheduled before President Obama authorized air strikes there, said Chief Petty Officer Karen Cozza, a Navy spokeswoman.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo, 24, was shot by a civilian truck driver the night of March 24 while the Mahan was moored at Norfolk Naval Station.
After the civilian passed through two security checkpoints and boarded the ship, he disarmed a sailor who tried to stop him. Mayo, a Navy police officer who was patrolling nearby, was killed when he intervened.
The civilian was then shot and killed by other responders.
The Navy has yet to release findings from its investigation into the shooting.