U.S. Navy’s destroyer, USS Sterett arrives in Guam

USS Sterett (DDG 104), U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, arrived in Guam on August 4 for a scheduled port visit, the Navy said in a statement.

Sailors from the warship will be conducting routine shipboard maintenance and exploring the local area during one of the final port visits of the ship’s deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

“We’re excited to be here in Guam, and look forward to completing some maintenance that will allow us to continue our transit home and bring our deployment to a successful conclusion,” said Cmdr. Claudine Caluori, Sterett’s commanding officer.

Sterett is conducting an independent deployment after completing participation in the Sterett-Dewey Surface Action Group.

Over the course of the deployment, Sterett has participated in Talisman Saber 17 and conducted joint exercises with naval services from Japan, France, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Thailand, as well as maritime maneuvers with China. Sterett additionally welcomed such distinguished visitors at Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John M. Richardson; Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Scott Swift; members of the House Armed Services Committee, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore.

U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy, constantly coordinating with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the Pacific theater of operations.

About Arleigh Burke-class:

Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers (DDGs) is the United States Navy’s first class of destroyer built around the Aegis Combat System and the SPY-1D multifunction passive electronically scanned array (PESA) radar.

The class is named for Admiral Arleigh Burke, the most famous American destroyer officer of World War II, and later Chief of Naval Operations. The class leader, USS Arleigh Burke, was commissioned on 4 July 1991 during Admiral Burke’s lifetime.

With an overall length of 505 to 509 feet (154 to 155 m), displacement ranging from 8,315 to 9,200 tons, and weaponry including over 90 missiles, the Arleigh Burke class are larger and more heavily armed than most previous ships classified as guided missile cruisers. Their hull and superstructure were designed to have a reduced radar cross section.

These warships were designed as multimission destroyers to fit the anti-aircraft warfare (AAW) role with their powerful Aegis radar and surface-to-air missiles; antisubmarine warfare (ASW), with their towed sonar array, anti-submarine rockets, and ASW helicopter; antisurface warfare (ASuW) with their Harpoon missile launcher; and strategic land strike role with their Tomahawk missiles.

With upgrades to their AN/SPY-1 phased radar systems and their associated missile payloads as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, the ships of this class have also begun to demonstrate some promise as mobile antiballistic missile and anti-satellite weaponry platforms.

Besides the 62 vessels of this class (comprising 21 of Flight I, 7 of Flight II and 34 of Flight IIA), up to a further 42 (of Flight III) have been envisioned.

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