File photo of USS Sterett (DDG 104) and USS Dewey (DDG 105). (U.S. Navy/MC2 Declan Barnes)

SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile destroyers USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Sterett (DDG 104) will depart their homeport of Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment to conduct operations in the Indo-Pacific region, Feb. 6.

Dewey and Sterett will support a Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group deployment in order to advance U.S. Pacific Fleet's "up-gunned ESG" concept. Wasp, now forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan, has the capability to land and launch the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, a key element to the up-gunned ESG concept.

Surface ships like Dewey and Sterett enhance an amphibious force's ability to conduct its primary mission of ship-to-shore movement in the littorals, particularly in a contested environment. Dewey and Sterett possess important sensors and weapons to detect and neutralize undersea, surface, and air threats that are vital to protecting the amphibious force.

"The Dewey crew is prepared, committed, and ready to execute all tasks," said Cmdr. Anthony L. Webber, Dewey commanding officer. "We look forward to another deployment and safe return home to our love ones."

"The men and women on board Sterett are ready to execute the mission," said Cmdr. Claudine Caluori, Sterett commanding officer. "It is an honor to lead such a talented and hardworking team."

While on deployment, Dewey and Sterett will train with forward-deployed amphibious ships across all mission areas and further refine tactics, techniques, and procedures integrating with an expeditionary strike group.

After completing successful training and preparation, both ships and their respective crews are prepared for this deployment, working with their amphibious counterparts.

Dewey and Sterett last deployed in 2017 and operated with regional navies to conduct routine patrols, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation activities to enhance regional security and stability.