Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class David W. Thornton, son of William J. Thornton of Hampstead, is halfway through a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf aboard the guided missile frigate USS McClusky.
He is one of 300 sailors aboard the ship who departed Yokosuka, Japan, in February for the assignment with the Middle East Force.
Petty Officer Thornton and fellow shipmates have been questioning and searching ships in international waters suspected of smuggling prohibited materials to and from Iraq in violation of the embargo against that country.
The 1990 graduate of South Carroll High School joined the Navy in October 1991.
* Deep Run: Manchester responded to wires down on Grand Valley Road at 2:10 a.m. Sunday. Units were out for more than three hours.
* Hampstead: Hampstead, Manchester and Arcadia of Baltimore County responded to a house fire on Sellman Drive at 2:12 a.m. Sunday. Units were out for 18 minutes.
Hampstead responded to investigate a smoke detector sounding in the 4600 block of Warpath Drive at 2:03 p.m. Saturday. Units were out for 25 minutes.
* Snydersburg: Hampstead responded for wires on fire on Cape Horn Road at 1:49 p.m. Sunday. Units were out for 23 minutes.
* West Manheim Township, Pa.: Manchester and Lineboro assisted York County, Pa., at a fire alarm on Mussleman Road at 1:43 a.m. Sunday. Units were out for 18 minutes.