SAN DIEGO - The guided missile destroyers USS Spruance (DDG 111) and USS Decatur (DDG 73) are scheduled to depart their homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Calif., Apr. 19 for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific.
Along with the guided missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) and the embarked "Devil Fish" and "Warbirds" detachments of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49, they will deploy as part of Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) under Destroyer Squadron 31 (CDS-31).
U.S. 3rd Fleet ships, aircraft, and submarines regularly operate throughout the western Pacific and this PAC SAG will operate under Third Fleet control during deployment. Third Fleet operating forward offers additional options to the Pacific Fleet commander by leveraging the capabilities of the world's two most powerful numbered fleets. This operational concept allows 3rd and 7th Fleet forces to complement one another and provide the foundation of stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
The PAC SAG will conduct maritime security operations and theater security efforts to enhance regional security and stability and is expected to also participate in the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI). OMSI is a Secretary of Defense program utilizing 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.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.
For more information on USS Decatur, visit: http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg73/Pages/default.aspx
For more information on the USS Spruance, visit: www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg111/Pages/default.aspx For more information on USS Momsen, visit: www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg92 For more information on HSM-49, visit: http://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/chsmwp/hsm49/Pages/default.aspx