U.S. Destroyer Heading to Europe

The guided missile destroyer USS Barry will head to Europe on a ballistic missile defense mission, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

Departure is set for Thursday from Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. Major budget reductions looming at the Defense Department could affect how long the mission lasts and the number of port stops made by the vessel.

The ship's mission falls under the Obama administration's "phased adaptive approach," which calls for deploying land- and sea-based missile defense assets around Europe over a period of years, WAVY.com reported.

February 7, 2013
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The guided missile destroyer USS Barry will head to Europe on a ballistic missile defense mission, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

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