USS Dewey joins 7th Fleet forces


Published on 09/15/2021 – Last Updated on 09/15/2021 by OTC

The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Dewey (DDG 105) arrived Sept. 8, to its new forward-deployed location in Yokosuka, U.S. 7th Fleet announced.

The forward presence of USS Dewey in 7th Fleet directly supports defense strategic initiatives in support of peace, security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

“USS Dewey is an excellent addition to our forward-deployed team,” said Capt. Chase Sargeant, Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron 15. “Dewey brings capability and lethality that enables U.S. 7th Fleet to defend U.S. and like-minded nation’s interests and supports a rules-based international order and free and open Indo-Pacific.”

The United States values Japan’s contributions to the Indo-Pacific and its long-term commitment and hospitality in hosting U.S. forces forward-deployed there. These forces, along with their counterparts in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, frequently operate together allowing a rapid response with maritime and joint forces that promotes security and well-being.

Dewey is a Flight IIA multi-mission destroyer capable of embarking two MH-60 variant helicopters with air warfare, submarine warfare, and surface warfare capabilities, designed to operate independently or with carrier strike groups, surface action groups, or amphibious ready groups.

“Our forward-deployed forces send a clear signal that our alliances and partnerships demonstrate our continuing commitment to the region,” said Sargeant. “As Dewey’s motto states, she will demonstrate ‘the will to fight from the heart’ assuring our mutual commitment to maintaining stable regional maritime security.”

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