Destroyer O’Kane leaves for deployment

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — The guided-missile destroyer O’Kane is deploying to the Middle East and western Pacific.

The Navy says O’Kane is scheduled to depart Friday following an accelerated training and maintenance period in Pearl Harbor.

The ship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Derek Trinque, says O’Kane will support ballistic missile defense requirements in the Central Command region. He said he expects the ship to take part in a host of other missions as well.