USS Dewey Concludes Assignment to CMF
US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) recently concluded its assignment to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-terrorism and maritime security task force, Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), operating in the North Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman.
CTF-150 is a CMF multinational task force that conducts counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Indian Ocean and the Red Sea, the aim of which is to deter and deny criminals the use of the seas for illegal people trafficking, narcotics smuggling and other illicit activities.
During her assignment to CTF-150, the US Navy warship assisted 11 dhows from many of the regional states. Two of them required food and water which Dewey’s boarding team provided. Dewey also provided two others with electronic and mechanical assistance.
USS Dewey has also operated closely with ships from multiple nations while assigned to CTF-150, including one instance providing Naval Criminal Investigative Service and intelligence support to the Royal Australian Navy’s replenishment oiler HMAS Success. As well as this, she provided logistics support to three other CMF ships in the area, including the US Coast Guard Cutter Maui, the US Navy coastal patrol boat USS Thunderbolt, and the Pakistani Naval Ship Tariq.
This was the second time that USS Dewey has supported CMF operations, previously participating in the International Mine Counter Measure Exercise (IMCMEX) in November 2014, working closely with the Yemeni Coast Guard.
Dewey is deployed as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, supporting maritime security operations and theatre security cooperation efforts in the US Navy’s 5th Fleet area of operations.