In this file photo, USS Sterett (DDG 104) takes part in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with ships of the Royal Australian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Royal Canadian Navy in June. (Royal Australian Navy/LSIS Bradley Darvill)

SAN DIEGO - Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) are scheduled to conclude a five-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, returning to the ship's homeport of San Diego, Aug. 28.

Sterett and embarked Helicopter Maritime Squadron (HSM) 49, along with USS Dewey (DDG 105) and embarked HSM 78, deployed as part of the Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group (SAG) and departed San Diego for the Western Pacific, March 31.

Under the operational control of U.S. 3rd Fleet, Sterett participated in Talisman Saber 17 and conducted joint exercises with naval services from Japan, France, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Thailand, as well as maritime maneuvers with China. Sterett additionally welcomed such distinguished visitors at Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John M. Richardson; Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Scott Swift; members of the House Armed Services Committee, and the deputy prime minister of Singapore.

"I am extremely proud of the way Sterett Sailors took every challenge, every schedule change, every last-minute tasking, and met it with skill and professionalism," said Cmdr. Claudine Caluori, Sterett's commanding officer. "We've done well in our mission, and we're very excited to be coming home to our families and friends in San Diego."

As established during the three-ship Pacific Surface Action Group deployment in 2016, Sterett-Dewey SAG remained under U.S. 3rd Fleet control, including beyond the international dateline which previously divided operational areas of responsibility for 3rd and 7th Fleets. Third Fleet operating forward offers additional options to the Pacific Fleet commander by leveraging the capabilities of both fleets. This operational concept allows both numbered fleets to complement one another and provide the foundation of stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Sterett is homeported in San Diego and is part of the U.S. Naval Surface Forces and U.S. 3rd Fleet. Third 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 Pacific theater of operations.