San Diego-based destroyers deploying to Asia-Pacific region

Adm. Scott Swift, commander of Pacific Fleet, talks to sailors during an all-hands call aboard the USS Sterett on April 12, 2017, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.


By WYATT OLSON | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 13, 2017

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — A surface action group of Navy destroyers has arrived in Hawaii ahead of a deployment to the Asia-Pacific region.

Deployment of the USS Sterett and USS Dewey from their San Diego homeport will expand U.S. Pacific Command’s options as it monitors North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program development and China’s military actions in the region.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett, foreground, with USS Dewey, maneuvers into formation Sept. 23, 2014, during the conclusion of Valiant Shield 2014 in the Pacific Ocean.

Standing aboard Sterett’s deck, Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Scott Swift told sailors that readiness was on the minds of “so many of us,” following the Navy’s April 6 Tomahawk missile strike on a Syrian airfield and the USS Carl Vinson strike group’s deployment in response to ongoing weapons tests by North Korea.

Calling the Navy the world’s “911 force,” Swift said that rapid responses sent a message to America’s allies and friends, while demonstrating resolve to those who challenge international norms and rules with “coercive activities” and “bullying.”

“It’s about setting the standard and setting an example of expectations,” Swift said.

The deployment marks the second year of a program that allows 3rd Fleet’s ships to remain under its command, even after they cross the International Date Line. Previously, the Japan-headquartered 7th Fleet gained command of ships in the Western Pacific.

During transit to Hawaii, the two ships completed training and certification exercises designed to prepare it for operations in the Western Pacific, which include patrols and maritime security operations with regional navies.
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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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