USS Momsen visits Northern Mariana Islands

Sailors man the rails as the guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) moors in Saipan for a scheduled port visit. Photo: US Navy

U.S. Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) arrived in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands for a regularly scheduled port call on September 24.

The port call provided Momsen’s crew an opportunity to refresh after four months of operations in the Western Pacific and South China Sea as part of a U.S. 3rd Fleet Pacific Surface Action Group.

Under the operational control of U.S. 3rd Fleet, the PAC SAG is conducting routine patrols, maritime security operations and theater cooperation activities to enhance regional security and stability. The U.S. Navy maintains a presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to help preserve peace and security and to further partnerships with friends and allies.

Momsen, along with USS Decatur (DDG 73), has conducted multilateral exercises with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Republic of Korea navy, as well as U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps assets.

After the port call, Momsen will participate in the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative. OMSI is a Secretary of Defense program leveraging Department of Defense assets transiting the region to increase the Coast Guard’s maritime domain awareness, ultimately supporting its maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania.

Momsen, Decatur and USS Spruance (DDG 111) are part of a U.S. 3rd Fleet PAC SAG deployment, promoting freedom of navigation and lawful use of the sea, as well as further operational training and enabling an exchange of culture, skills and tactical knowledge throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

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