United States 3rd Fleet Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) – comprised of the embarked staff of Destroyer Squadron 31, guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance (DDG 111), USS Decatur (DDG 73) and USS Momsen (DDG 92) and embarked “Devil Fish” and “Warbirds” detachments of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49 – was deployed to conduct routine patrols, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation activities to enhance Western Pacific regional security and stability.
The Pacific Surface Action Group was deployed from US 3rd Fleet with headquarters in San Diego, California.
“This deployment is a little bit of returning to your roots; our roots of having 3rd Fleet deploying forward through this PAC SAG, throughout your entire cruise,” US Pacific Fleet commander Admiral Scott Swift told crews aboard the USS Momsen during the action group’s port call in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam April 26.
The Pacific Surface Action Group departed Hawaii April 27 following a port visit en route to the Western Pacific.
“The potential options that you can explore as part of this three-ship SAG is very exciting,” said Swift, during his visit to Momsen. “One of the great benefits the Navy brings to the nation is flexibility, and part of that flexibility is going to be demonstrated as soon as you get underway from Hawaii.”
The US Navy said deploying as a PAC SAG allows the three ships to execute a broad range of maritime operations in the US 7th Fleet area of operations while under the operational control of US 3rd Fleet.
US 7th Fleet’s area of operations includes 36 maritime countries and the world’s five largest foreign armed forces, People’s Republic of China, Russia, India, North Korea and Republic of Korea. Moreover, five of the seven US Mutual Defense Treaties are with countries in the area, Republic of the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Japan, and Thailand.
The US Navy added that turing WWII, the vast majority of 3rd Fleet was forward deployed throughout the Pacific islands in campaigns all the way up to Japan.
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