USS Rushmore
"Nobility and Power"
 
rushmore
SAN DIEGO (Oct. 12, 2017) Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) throw messenger lines to the pier as it prepares to moor at Naval Base San Diego. Rushmore was deployed in support of the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI), a secretary of defense program leveraging 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. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Travis Litke)
 USS Rushmore returns home from OMSI deployment

SAN DIEGO - USS Rushmore (LSD 47) returned to its homeport Naval Base San Diego after a successful Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) deployment, Oct. 12.

Under the operational control of U.S. 3rd Fleet, Rushmore departed San Diego Aug. 14 to begin its transit to the South Pacific to conduct maritime security operations. In a joint effort with the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 401, Rushmore supported OMSI to combat transnational crimes, enforce fisheries laws, and enhance regional security throughout Oceania.

The U.S. Coast Guard is responsible for patrolling the waters around numerous islands associated with the United States throughout the region. Each of these islands has territorial waters stretching out to 12 miles from shore.

Beyond that, stretching out to 200 nautical miles is an Exclusive Economic Zone, an area defined by international law that allows each nation exclusive rights to the exploration and use of marine resources. Oceania contains 43 percent, or approximately 1.3 million square miles, of United States' EEZs.

OMSI is a secretary of defense program aimed to diminish transnational illegal activity on the high seas in the Pacific Island Nations of Oceania’s Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) and to enhance regional security and inoperability with partner nations.

"I am extremely proud of the ship and its crew,” said Cmdr. John Ryan, Rushmore commanding officer. "This is Rushmore’s first OMSI mission and the crew worked very hard to prepare and when called upon to perform, they executed every mission tasked to them flawlessly. Their loved ones should be proud of the work they have done over these past two months and the Rushmore team is excited to return home to our families and friends."

This deployment was a learning experience for many of Rushmore’s junior Sailors, some of whom have never been on deployment. The officers and crew achieved numerous new career milestones to include the following: six reenlistments, 47 enlisted surface warfare specialist (ESWS) qualifications, four engineering officers of the watch (EOOW), two officers of the deck (OOD), six combat information center watch officers (CICWO), and four anti-terrorism tactical watch officers (ATTWO).

While anchored in Vanuatu. Rushmore also executed diplomatic tasking by hosting several foreign VIPs, dignitaries, and a hosted a visit by U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu Catherine Ebert-Gray. During the visit, the crew provided tours of the ship, allowing visitors the opportunity to see and experience life aboard a U.S. Navy warship.

Rushmore is homeported in San Diego and is part of U.S. Naval Surface Forces and U.S. 3rd Fleet. 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 based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the entire Pacific theater of operations.

US Navy Recruiting | US Navy | US Marine Corps | Navy Reserves | Individual Augmentee
No Fear Act | FOIA | USA.gov | Veterans Crisis Line | Vote | DoD SafeHelpline
This is an official United States Navy Website. This US Government system is subject to monitoring. Please read our Privacy Policy and Section 508/Accessibility Statement.

The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Defense, or the United States Department of the Navy of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sites, the United States Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy  does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD web site.