SAN DIEGO -- The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) returned to San Diego, June 23, following a five-and-a-half-month deployment to the Western Pacific as part of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Carrier Strike Group.
Lake Champlain and Wayne E. Meyer departed San Diego in January for a regularly-scheduled deployment as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet into the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, also deployed with the strike group and returned to Pearl Harbor on June 13.
During the deployment, the strike group conducted operations with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force consisting of visit, board, search and seizure drills, tactical maneuvering, flag hoisting drills and air, surface and anti-submarine warfare training.
The strike group also participated in the maritime portion of Exercise Foal Eagle, a series of annual defense-oriented training events designed to increase readiness to defend the ROK, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula. The exercise was conducted by ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command and United States component commands in Korea, including ground, air, naval and special operations units.
Michael Murphy conducted an 18-day joint mission with the U.S. Coast Guard in the Central and South Pacific under the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) to combat transnational crimes, enforce fisheries laws and enhance regional security.
Over the five-and-a-half month span, the strike group conducted port visits in Fiji, Guam, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Saipan, Singapore and Solomon Islands. In each port, Sailors participated in community service events, including volunteer service at schools, community centers, animal shelters and food banks.
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