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USS Laboon to return to Norfolk months after firing missiles into Syria

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon sails in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations on May 21, 2018.

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By BROCK VERGAKIS | The Virginian-Pilot | Published: July 18, 2018

NORFOLK, Va. — The USS Laboon is returning to Naval Station Norfolk a few months after firing missiles into Syria that were intended to stop President Bashir Assad from using chemical weapons against his own people.

The guided-missile destroyer is scheduled to return to Norfolk on Friday, according to the Navy. The Laboon left its home port in February.

The Laboon fired seven Tomahawk land attack missiles from the Red Sea in April as part of a coordinated attack with other U.S. vessels, as well as with French and British forces. The strikes targeted three distinct facilities that supported Assad's chemical weapons infrastructure.

The attack came amid growing tensions between the U.S. and Russia after a suspected chemical attack in Douma, Syria, on April 7 that killed 45 people and injured hundreds.

Destroyers typically have a crew of 329.

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