USS Dewey returns to San Diego after four-month deployment in Pacific Ocean

Posted at 8:18 AM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-31 21:06:47-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey returned to Naval Base San Diego Monday following a four-month deployment.

The 510-foot-long vessel departed March 31 along with the destroyer USS Sterett and detachments from Helicopter Maritime Squadrons 49 and 78, which are based at Naval Air Station North Island.

The crew members conducted routine patrols, and performed maritime and theater security missions in the western Pacific Ocean, according to the Navy. They also took part in several exercises with the Japanese military and assisted the destroyer USS Fitzgerald after the latter vessel collided with a container ship June 17 near Japan.

RELATED: PHOTOS: USS Dewey returns to Naval Base San Diego

"I am proud to have led this crew through a very busy and challenging four-month deployment," said Cmdr. Anthony Webber, the Dewey commanding officer. "These women and men worked extremely hard day-in and day-out to accomplish every task and fulfill every mission we were assigned."

On July 7, Cmdr. Claudine Caluori, the Sterett's skipper, announced that her vessel's deployment was being extended for about one month. The ship recently completed an exercise with the Australian Navy.

RELATED: USS Sterett, USS Dewey deploy for western Pacific Ocean

The vessels are named after George Dewey, who fought in the Spanish-American War and was the only officer to hold the rank of Admiral of the Navy, and Andrew Sterett, who commanded the USS Enterprise in a battle off the Barbary Coast in 1801.