SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- U.S. Pacific Fleet ordered the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) to extend the previously scheduled deployment in the Western-Pacific until the end of August.
The reduced availability of destroyers in the region after the damage to USS Fitzgerald necessitated the extension of Sterett in order to provide responsive capability and presence in the region.
The extension represents an approximate one month addition to the deployment schedule of Sterett and embarked helicopter detachment from Helicopter Maritime Squadron (HSM) 49.
Sterett and HSM 49, along with the command staff of Destroyer Squadron 31, USS Dewey (DDG 105) and embarked HSM 78, deployed from San Diego as part of the Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group (SAG) under Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet control, Mar. 31.
Since deploying in March, Sterett has participated in joint exercises with the U.S. Air Force and several multilateral exercises with naval units from Japan, France, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Thailand, as well as maritime maneuvers with China. Sterett additionally welcomed distinguished visitors to include Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John M. Richardson; Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Scott Swift; members of the House Armed Services Committee, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore.
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