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Tucson native deploys to Pacific with Navy carrier group

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Fire Controlman Gerardo Valenzuela, from Tucson, removes mooring line from a bitt aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) Jan. 17, 2020. - U.S. Navy

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Among the thousands of U.S. Navy sailors deploying to the Indo-Pacific with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is Tucson's Gerardo Valenzuela, a fire controlman aboard the USS Russell, a guided-missile destroyer.

The Russell joined the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and other ships in leaving San Diego over the weekend, sailing west into the Pacific on a scheduled deployment.

The Russell (DDG 59) is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.

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