Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Weiermann
NAVAL BASE GUAM (NNS) — Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) arrived in Guam for a routine port visit, April 28.
Dewey and embarked Helicopter Maritime Squadron (HSM) 78, along with USS Sterett (DDG 104) and embarked HSM 49, are deployed as a part of the Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group (SAG) and departed San Diego for the Western Pacific, March 31.
During the transit from San Diego to Guam, Dewey and HSM 78 have been conducting various training events, executing flight operations and maintaining operational mission readiness.
Dewey’s Command Master Chief Michael Noullet said, “We are grateful to the staff of Naval Base Guam and the many supporting commands for their gracious welcome to Guam. Dewey’s Sailors are looking forward to getting some well-deserved liberty on the island and experiencing the unique culture in Guam before we continue our transit westward.”
Dewey Sailors will have the opportunity to tour the island of Guam, participate in an island-wide beautification community service event, and enjoy local attractions and cuisine before heading to sea again.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing my family and friends and eating my favorite foods,” said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Babauta, a native of Guam. “I’ve only been home once since I joined the Navy, so I think it’s awesome that I get the chance to visit home while I’m deployed.”
Prior to the port visit, one of the embarked helicopters crashed in the waters near Guam. The entire helicopter crew, including two pilots and one aircrewman, were safely recovered by Dewey. The incident occurred as the MH-60R helicopter, assigned to HSM 78, was conducting routine flight operations. The incident is under investigation. The crew is being assessed by the medical team onboard Dewey, and there are no apparent injuries.
Throughout its deployment, the Sterett-Dewey SAG will operate with regional naval services to conduct routine patrols, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation activities to enhance regional security and stability in the Western Pacific.
U.S. 3rd Fleet retained control of the Sterett-Dewey SAG when it crossed the international dateline into what has traditionally been U.S. 7th Fleet’s operational control area. U.S. 3rd Fleet operating forward offers additional options to the Pacific Fleet commander by leveraging the capabilities of both the 3rd and 7th fleets. This operational concept allows both numbered fleets to complement one another and provide the foundation of stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy, constantly coordinating with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the Pacific theater of operations.
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