Sunday, April 2, 2017

US Navy deploys Surface Action Group to Western Pacific

From Update Philippines (Apr 2): US Navy deploys Surface Action Group to Western Pacific

The United States Navy Third Fleet has deployed a two-warship Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group (Sterett-Dewey SAG) March 31 to Western Pacific. The SAG has departed San Diego.

“The command staff of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 31 and the guided-missile destroyers USS Sterett (DDG 104) and USS Dewey (DDG 105) will deploy with the embarked helicopter detachments from Helicopter Maritime Squadron (HSM) 49 and HSM 78,” 3rd Fleet Public Affairs said.

Though the Western Pacific is under US Navy Seventh Fleet area of operations, the Sterett-Dewey SAG will remain under the control of Third Fleet. Both Seventh and Third fleets are under US Navy Pacific Fleet.

“Third Fleet operating forward offers additional options to the Pacific Fleet commander by leveraging the capabilities of 3rd and 7th Fleets,” 3rd Fleet Public Affairs said. This will complement both numbered fleets.

The Third Fleet last year a 3-warship Surface Action Group which included USS Spruance (DDG 111), USS Decatur (DDG 73) and USS Momsen (DDG 92).

“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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