PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) — Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Sterett (DDG 104) departed their homeport of Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment to conduct operations in the Indo-Pacific Region, Feb. 6.
Dewey and Sterett are scheduled to support the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group deployment in order to advance U.S. Pacific Fleet's Up-Gunned ESG concept. Wasp, now forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan, has the capability to land and launch the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, a key element to the Up-Gunned ESG concept.
"The Dewey crew is prepared, committed and ready to execute all tasks," said Cmdr. Anthony L. Webber, Dewey commanding officer. "We look forward to another deployment and safe return home to our love ones."
Surface ships like Dewey and Sterett enhance an amphibious force's ability to conduct its primary mission of ship-to-shore movement in the littorals, particularly in a contested environment. Dewey and Sterett possess important sensors and weapons to detect and neutralize undersea, surface and air threats that are vital to protecting the amphibious force.
While on deployment, Dewey and Sterett will train with forward-deployed amphibious ships across all mission areas and further refine tactics, techniques and procedures integrating with an expeditionary strike group.
After completing successful training and preparation, both ships and their respective crews are prepared for this deployment and working with their amphibious counterparts.
"The men and women onboard Sterett are ready to execute the mission," said Cmdr. Claudine Caluori, Sterett's commanding officer. "It is an honor to lead such a talented and hardworking team."
Dewey and Sterett last deployed in 2017 and operated with regional navies to conduct routine patrols, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation activities to enhance regional security and stability.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. Third Fleet constantly coordinates with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions that promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the Pacific.