The USS Sampson is slated to depart San Diego on Friday for a scheduled independent deployment to the Western Pacific.
The USS Sampson, a guided missile destroyer, is assigned to Destroyer Squadron Two Three (DESRON) 23, as are the 300 sailors who make up the Sampson's crew.
Cmdr. Steven Foley, commanding officer of Sampson, said his sailors have worked diligently to prepare the ship for deployment:
"I am very ...