NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan deployed from Naval Station Norfolk on Saturday.

As part of Carrier Strike Group Two, the Mahan is deploying as part of the ongoing rotation of forward deployed forces to support maritime security operations and operate in international waters across the globe, along with other maritime forces, according to the U.S. Navy.

"Mahan has excelled and raised the bar for all ships over the course of the last year," said Cmdr. Marc Davis, Mahan's commanding officer. "The crew has gone above and beyond in demonstrating to the surface Navy the readiness and ability of our ship. I have absolute confidence that Mahan will be ready to face any and all challenges throughout the entirety of deployment."

The USS Mahan is a Arleigh Burke-class destroyer with a crew of about 300 sailors. The vessel will be deployed for six months in the Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation.