San Diego, California - The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) returned to San Diego April 1, following a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of operation.
"This deployment highlighted every capability that dynamic force employment provides," said Cmdr. Bob Bowen, Decatur's commanding officer. "We were successful on deployment, providing the fleet commanders with a well-trained and equipped surface combatant capable of executing any mission assigned."
Decatur participated in multiple exercises and operations while deployed, including conducting maritime security operations, and rendering assistance to seven distressed mariners in the waters south of Sri Lanka. After a fishing vessel suffered a mechanical failure rendering the vessel inoperable, Decatur provided food, water and towing assistance to the fisherman while waiting for Sri Lankan authorities to respond to the mariner's distress calls.
"We answered the call, whether it be to assist fellow mariners at sea or conduct maritime security operations in both fleets," said Bowen. "I am extremely proud of my crew for their hard work and dedication, and we are excited to be home."
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Indo-Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. U.S. 3rd Fleet works constantly with U.S. 7th Fleet to complement one another and provide commanders capable, ready assets across the spectrum of military operations in the Pacific.