Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and is responsible for providing realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.

Archive for January, 2013

Nimitz Strike Group Surface Action Group ships depart for deployment

By Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO – Sailors from four guided-missile destroyers in the Nimitz Strike Group Surface Action Group (SAG), will depart for a Western Pacific deployment Monday. Jan. 14.

San Diego-based USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS Stockdale (DDG 106), USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), and Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23 will join Everett, Wash.-based USS Shoup (DDG 86), already underway.

The SAG will deploy with approximately 1,200 Sailors and will focus on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, which help establish conditions for regional stability.

The Nimitz Strike Group is led by Rear Adm. Pete Gumataotao, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11.

“We’ve had very rigorous training and certification to prepare us to execute any mission,” Gumataotao said, “I’m very confident in Warrior Team 11 and especially DESRON 23 Sailors – they will do us proud.”

In November 2012, the Navy announced a delay in deployment as the result of an emergent maintenance requirement for USS Nimitz (CVN 68). This delay does not affect the Nimitz Strike Group SAG deployment.

Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and is responsible for providing realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.

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USS Benfold Returns from Deployment

By Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO – The Arleigh Burke class destroyer, USS Benfold (DDG 65), will return from its seven-month, independent deployment to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility Jan. 11.

Cmdr. Richard LeBron, Benfold’s commanding officer, credits the ship’s crew with a successful performance during the deployment. “Our remarkable success over the last seven months is testament to the skills, professionalism, and inexhaustible energy of ‘Team Benfold,’ said LeBron. “I woke up every day inspired by my reliable and resolute crew who gave their all each-and-every day to ensure Benfold lived up to our motto and remained ‘100 percent ready 100 percent of the time.’”

Throughout Benfold’s deployment, she performed thousands of helicopter deck landings and was handpicked to validate warfare doctrines for minesweeper and maritime infrastructure defense. With 10 port visits in 2012, Benfold Sailors served as international ambassadors during their time ashore. Operational commanders relied on Benfold for Ballistic Missile Defense missions as combat systems readiness.

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USS Thach Departs San Diego for Deployment

By Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO – The guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) will depart San Diego for a scheduled six-month deployment to the 4th Fleet Area of Operations, Jan. 8.

Thach’s crew of 220 Sailors and Coast Guardsmen will be performing Counter-Illicit Trafficking operations designed to improve maritime stability within the region and protect free use of the sea lanes by thwarting the activities of drug traffickers and criminal organizations.

“We are really excited to go down to Central America and do our part,” said Cmdr. Hans Lynch, commanding officer of Thach. “The crew is anxious to put all their hard training to good use.”

Along with the crew of Thach, the drug interdiction team includes an interagency partnership with the ship’s organic Visit, Board, Search and Seizure team providing support for the Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment. Thach will be supported by helicopter detachment, HSL-49, Det. 2 based at Naval Air Station North Island.

Joint, interagency and international partnerships strengthen U.S Third Fleet’s ability to respond to crises and protect the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners.