USS Spruance and Stockdale Home From Deployment

May 20, 2019 – USS Spruance (DDG 111) and USS Stockdale (DDG 106), including detachments from the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71 “Raptors,” returned to their homeport of San Diego, May 20, following a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of operation as part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group.

John C. Stennis Strike Group, consisting of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), and Destroyer Squadron 21 departed their respective homeports in October and November 2018.

180507-N-UD522-0081rPACIFIC OCEAN (May 7, 2018) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) maneuvers behind the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) while preparing for a replenishment-at-sea. Spruance and Stockdale are underway with the ships and squadrons of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3 conducting group sail training in preparation for its next scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David A. Brandenburg/Released)r

While on deployment, Spruance and Stockdale participated in multiple exercises with international allies throughout the Indo-Pacific and Middle Eastern regions, strengthening global relations and partnerships while maintaining combat readiness.

In Southeast Asia, Spruance worked alongside Sri Lanka in the South Arabian Sea during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Sri Lanka 2019 and a bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise.

While in 5th Fleet, Spruance supported Operation Inherent Resolve, conducted eight Strait of Hormuz transits, and participated in exercises Intrepid Sentinel and Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM) with the Australian, British, and French Navies.

Chief Fire Controlman Ryan Williams, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106), meets his son for the first time moments after Stockdale returns home to San Diego, May 20. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance (DDG 111) and USS Stockdale (DDG 106), including detachments from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 “Raptors,” returned to their homeport of San Diego following a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of operations as part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, May 20. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Abigayle Lutz)rr?

“Our Sailors did a fantastic job this deployment, adapting to a wide variety of environments and a rapid tempo of operations,” said Cmdr. Matthew A. Smidt, Spruance’s commanding officer “I am eternally impressed by our Sailor’s ability to overcome the challenges presented during periods of high operational demand and am very proud of the men and women of Spruance. We are all excited for some well-deserved time at home with family and friends.”

Friends and Family watch as Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) man the rails as the ship pulls into San Diego May 20. Spruance and USS Stockdale (DDG 106), including detachments from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 “Raptors,” returned to their homeport of San Diego following a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet areas of operations as part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, May 20. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Abigayle Lutz)

While in 7th Fleet, Stockdale conducted maritime security operations. In both 7th and 5th fleets, Stockdale conducted multiple escort operations to ensure safe passage of the USS John C. Stennis and other navy and civilian ships.

“This deployment highlighted every capability that the Carrier Strike Group provides,” said Cmdr. Leonard Leos, Stockdale’s commanding officer. “Our dynamic team was properly manned and trained, and we were able to safely and successfully meet all mission requirements across every fleet.”