About 350 sailors returned home to Naval Base San Diego after a seven-month deployment in the western Pacific aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Cape St. George.
The ship's crew and the sailors of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78, Detachment 4, participated in Rim of the Pacific 2014, exercises Valiant Shield and Keen Sword, and community relations projects in Singapore, Guam and South Korea.
"I cannot be prouder of the professionalism of my crew," said Capt. Michael P. Doran, the ship's commanding officer. "Every sailor did an outstanding job this year, especially during deployment. The ship excelled in every mission we were given because of their dedication and hard work."
The two embarked helicopters flew 780 hours in support of anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare missions, and supported the ship's training.