USS Fort Worth Arrives in US 7th Fleet
USS Fort Worth Arrives in US
From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs.
Yokosuka, Japan – (NNS)
– December 4, 2014 – Littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) arrived
in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations Dec. 4, marking a key initial milestone
in its 16-month rotational deployment in support of the Indo-Asia-Pacific
USS Fort Worth (LCS
3) provides a sea-going platform for a UH-60A Black Hawk
Building on USS Freedom's (LCS 1) inaugural 10-month
deployment from March to December 2013, Fort Worth will expand LCS operations
while in 7th Fleet, to include visiting more ports, engaging more regional
navies during exercises like Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)
and expanding LCS capabilities with tools like the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned
autonomous helicopter. "Fort Worth will be a workhorse in 7th Fleet,
demonstrating our forward presence in the vital littorals of the region and
expanding its operations to work with allies and partners in unprecedented ways,"
said Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.
In addition to presence in nearly every phase of CARAT 2015
in South and Southeast Asia, Fort Worth will train with the Republic of Korea
Navy in exercise Foal Eagle and is scheduled to join multinational ships at
Singapore's Changi Naval Base for the International Maritime Defence Exhibition.
Fort Worth will also expand LCS regional presence by using additional
expeditionary maintenance locations in Northeast Asia.
Fort Worth is the first LCS to deploy under the "3-2-1"
manning concept, swapping fully trained crews roughly every four months. This
concept will allow Fort Worth to deploy six months longer than Freedom and twice
as long as typical U.S. Navy ship deployments, extending LCS forward presence
and reducing crew fatigue for the 16-month deployment. It is named 3-2-1 because
three rotational crews will support two LCS ships and maintain one deployed ship.
Forth Worth arrives in 7th Fleet with an embarked aviation
detachment from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35, the Navy's first
composite expeditionary helicopter squadron. The detachment consists of one
MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and one MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. The Fire Scout will complement the MH-60R by extending
the HSM-35's range and endurance thereby enhancing maritime domain awareness.
"It's great to be in 7th Fleet, a huge region with critical
littoral areas in which Fort Worth is tailor-made to operate," said Cmdr.
Kendall Bridgewater, LCS Crew 104 commanding officer. "The next several months
here will be busy for Fort Worth and her crews, but we're looking forward to the
opportunities this deployment will provide to work with many partner navies
throughout the Asia-Pacific."
Fast, agile and mission-focused, littoral combat ships are
designed to operate in near-shore environments and employ modular mission
packages that can be configured for surface warfare, mine countermeasures or
anti-submarine warfare. Fort Worth will employ the surface warfare mission
package for her entire deployment, augmenting her 57mm gun and rolling airframe
missile launcher with two 30mm guns, two 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boats
and two eight-member maritime security boarding teams. With more fuel capacity
than Freedom, Fort Worth can refuel less often and stay on patrol longer.
Since departing San Diego Nov. 17, Fort Worth transited the
Pacific Ocean, visited Hawaii to conduct joint operations, and is scheduled to
arrive in Guam for its first 7th Fleet port visit. Following Guam, Fort Worth
will continue to the maintenance and logistics hub in Singapore. It will remain
homeported in San Diego and all crews will live aboard.
The U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations
in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific area of
operations. As the U.S. Navy's largest numbered fleet, 7th Fleet interacts with
35 other maritime nations to build maritime partnerships that foster maritime
security, promote stability and prevent conflict.
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