US destroyer surface action group deploys to Western Pacific

USS Sterett (DDG 104), front, and USS Dewey (DDG 105) maneuver into formation during the conclusion of Valiant Shield in 2014. Photo: US Navy

The U.S. Navy’s Sterett-Dewey surface action group, composed of destroyers USS Sterett (DDG 104) and USS Dewey (DDG 105), is set to depart San Diego on March 31 to start their Western Pacific deployment.

The destroyers are accompanied by command staff of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31 and the embarked helicopter detachments from Helicopter Maritime Squadron (HSM) 49 and HSM 78.

The Sterett-Dewey SAG will operate with regional navies to conduct routine patrols, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation activities to enhance regional security and stability.

As established during the three-ship Pacific Surface Action Group deployment in 2016, Sterett-Dewey SAG will remain under Third Fleet control, including beyond the international dateline which previously divided operational areas of responsibility for 3rd and 7th fleets, for the entirety of the deployment.

Third Fleet operating forward offers additional options to the Pacific Fleet commander by leveraging the capabilities of 3rd and 7th Fleets, allowing both numbered fleets to complement one another.

“We are building upon the successes and applying the lessons learned from the inaugural PACSAG deployment,” said Capt. David A. Bretz, commander, DESRON 31. “The value of a SAG cannot be overstated. We are ready and able to support a variety of exercises and missions with our partners and allies in support of maritime stability and security in the Western Pacific.”

 

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