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EVERETT, Wash. - Guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) returned to Everett Nov. 10 from a seven-month Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) deployment in the Western Pacific.
As part of the inaugural PAC SAG, Momsen was joined by the San Diego-based guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance (DDG 111) and USS Decatur (DDG 73), as well as embarked detachments of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49, and led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31, from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Under the operational control of U.S. 3rd Fleet, the PAC SAG conducted routine patrols, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation activities with allies and partners to enhance regional security and stability. Since deploying in April, the PAC SAG conducted several multilateral exercises with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Republic of Korea, Australia, France and joint exercises with the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps assets.
Along with Spruance, Momsen also spent part of the deployment participating in the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI). OMSI is a Secretary of Defense program that uses Department of Defense assets transiting the region to increase the Coast Guard’s maritime domain awareness, ultimately supporting its maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania.
"The Momsen's deployment provided the United States the opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to regional security and stability and reinforced our commitment to freedom of navigation for nations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific," said Cmdr. Jason Kipp, commanding officer, USS Momsen. "The PAC SAG was a practical way to address shared maritime security priorities, enhance our capabilities and improve interoperability between our partners and allies operating throughout the Pacific and South China Sea. It was a truly amazing experience to see the tremendous capabilities of this crew and its leadership's dedication to the success of this deployment."
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. U.S. 3rd Fleet works constantly with U.S. 7th Fleet. The forces of both fleets complement one another across the spectrum of military operations in the Pacific.