USS BUNKER HILL
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The Bunker Hill (CG 52) is the U.S. Navy's 6th Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser and was named after the Battle of Bunker Hill which took place on June 17, 1775. The keel was laid down by the Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation at Pascagoula, Mississippi, on January 11, 1984; The ship was launched for the first time on March 11, 1985; She is the first U.S. surface warship to be equipped with the below-deck, advanced MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS), a multiwarfare missile-launching system capable of striking targets in the air, on and under the ocean surface, and on land.

April 13, 1985 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Bunker Hill was christened during a ceremony at Ingalls shipyard. Mrs. Margaret Skallerup, the wife of Honorable Walter T. Skallerup, Jr., General Counsel to the SECNAV, served as sponsor of the ship. Capt. Philip M. Quast is the prospective commanding officer.

March 11, 1986 PCU Bunker Hill underway for the first time to conduct Builder's (Alpha "A") sea trials. Underway for Bravo trials in Mid-May; Underway for Charlie trials in June; Departede Pascagoula for the final time on Sept. 9; Arrived in Boston, Mass., on Sept. 15.

September 20, USS Bunker Hill was commissioned during a ceremony at the Charleston Naval Shipyard in Boston, just a short distance from the Revolutionary War battle site for which the ship is named.

September 23, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Naval Statino Newport, R.I., for a brief port call. Inport Naval Station Norfolk, Va., from Sept. 25-26.

September 26, The Bunker Hill anchored off the coast of Annapolis, Md., for a three-day port visit. Port call to Port Everglades, Fla., from Oct. 2-6; Inport Ingalls shipyard from Oct. 8-12.

October 14, CG 52 anchored off the coast of George Town, Cayman Islands, for a three-day port visit.

October 19, USS Bunker Hill moored at Naval Station Rodman in Balboa, Panama, for a brief stop to refuel after transiting Panama Canal.

October 27, USS Bunker Hill arrived in its homeport of Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, Calif.

From November 3-14, the Bunker Hill was underway for routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area and ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach; Underway again from Nov. 17-21 and Dec. 1-5.

January 20, 1987 USS Bunker Hill departed San Diego for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (QSSQT) in the Hawaiian OPAREA. Inport Pearl Harbor from Jan. 27- Feb. 5 and Feb. 8-10.

February 18, The guided-missile cruiser anchored off Lahaina, Maui, for a three-day liberty.

March 8, The Bunker Hill pulled again into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a two-day port call. Inport Naval Station San Diego from March 16-23; Underway for final contract trials from March 23-24; Ammo offload at Seal Beach, Calif., from April 23-24.

April 24, USS Bunker Hill commenced a two-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at Todd Shipyard in San Pedro, Calif. Returned to NAS North Island on June 23; Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from June 30- July 2; Underway for READIEX 87-5 from July 9-16.

July 25, USS Bunker Hill departed San Diego for its maiden deployment, nearly one year ahead of schedule, as part of the USS Missouri (BB 63) Battle Group Sierra.

August 3, CG 52 pulled into Subic Bay, Philippines, for a 12-day upkeep.

From Aug. 21 through Nov. 24, the Bunker Hill operated in the North Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman, supporting 10 Earnest Will convoys. Assumed duties as Anti-Air Warfare Commander for USS Ranger (CV 61) Battle Group on Sept. 4; Anchored off Masirah, Oman, for maintenance from Oct. 13-15.

November 30, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory, for a brief stop to refuel.

December 8, The Bunker Hill arrived in Fremantle, Australia, for an eight-day visit to Perth. Port call to Sydney from Dec. 21-29; Inport Pearl Harbor from Jan. 10-12.

January 21, 1988 USS Bunker Hill returned to Naval Station San Diego after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

March 26, Capt. Rodney P. Rempt relieved Capt. Philip M. Quast as CO of the Bunker Hill.

April 1, CG 52 departed homeport for sea trials after emergent repairs to #2 Main Reduction Gear.

April 8, USS Bunker Hill conducted Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM/D) Operational Test Launch (OTL) off the coast of southern California.

May 26, The Bunker Hill pulled into San Francisco, Calif., for a six-day port visit.

From June 27- July 1, USS Bunker Hill was underway for Cruise Missile Tactical Qualification Trials (CMTQT). Underway for sea trials on July 16; Underway for a Dependent's Day Cruise on Aug. 5; Inport Pearl Harbor from Aug. 15-18.

August 31, USS Bunker Hill arrived in its new homeport of Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, after a three-week transit from San Diego, Calif.

September 21, The Bunker Hill departed Yokosuka for Olympic Presence Operations with the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Midway (CV 41) Battle Groups. Inport Busan, ROK, from Sept. 30- Oct. 2; Inport Yokosuka from Oct. 12-18 after participating in Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX).

October 23, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Subic Bay for safe haven from Typhoon Ruby. Underway on Oct. 24; Inport Subic Bay again from Nov. 1-4; Conducted MISSILEX off Poro Point, Philippines on Nov. 4; Port visit to Hong Kong from Nov. 11-17; Returned home on Nov. 21; Underway for routine training from Nov. 30- Dec. 2; Underway for ammo offload at A-12 anchorage on Dec. 7.

December 12, USS Bunker Hill entered the dry-dock at Yokosuka Naval Shipyard for a two-month Ship's Repair Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials on Feb. 14, 1989; Underway for combat systems sea trials from Feb. 20-22.

February 27, The Bunker Hill departed Naval Base Yokosuka in support of exercise Team Spirit. Port call to Busan, Republic of Korea, from March 24-30; Returned to homeport on April 8 after conducting intelligence gathering operations off the coast of Vladivostok, USSR; Underway for routine training from April 10-14 and April 20-21; Underweay for ammo onload on April 26; Underway for intelligence gathering operations from May 5-22; Underway for Pre-OPPRE checks from May 31- June 1; Underway for Operational Propulsion Plant ReExamination (OPPRE) from June 7-9.

June 10, USS Bunker Hill departed Yokosuka, Japan, in support of spotter services for the 3rd Marine Detachment. Inport Subic Bay from June 14-19.

June 30, The Bunker Hill anchored off Pattaya Beach, Thailand, for a five-day visit.

July 12, The guided-missile cruiser pulled again into Subic Bay after participating in Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise (ASWEX) 89-2US. Anchored in Subic Bay from July 15-17 due to Super Typhoon Gordon; Underway on July 20; Returned home on July 25; Underway for Dependent's Day Cruise in Tokyo Bay on Aug. 11.

August 14, USS Bunker Hill departed Yokosuka for a scheduled deployment with the USS Midway Battle Group. Inport Subic Bay from Aug. 21-24.

September 1, CG 52 anchored in the Gulf of Thailand for a four-day visit to Pattaya. Anchored off Singapore from Sept. 7-8.

From Sept. 15 through Nov. 1, the Bunker Hill operated in the Indian Ocean, North Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman; Port call to Mombasa, Kenya, from Sept. 18-22; Inport Diego Garcia from Oct. 28-29; Port calls to Fremantle, Australia, (Nov. 10-17) and Subic Bay (Nov. 28- Dec. 3); Returned to homeport on Dec. 11.

March 1, 1990 USS Bunker Hill departed Naval Base Yokosuka for a western Pacific patrol. Inport Subic Bay from March 4-5 before MISSILEX.

March 14, The Bunker Hill moored again at Naval Station Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a six-day port call. Port visit to Hong Kong from March 26- April 2.

March 28, Capt. Thomas F. Marfiak relieved Capt. Rodney P. Rempt as CO of CG 52 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship, while anchored in Victoria Harbour.

April 6, USS Bunker Hill returned to homeport after a five-week underway period. Underway again on May 8; Inport Subic Bay from May 11-12.

May 17, The Bunker Hill anchored off Penang, Malaysia, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Singapore from May 22-26.

May 30, The guided-missile cruiser moored at Nabasan Pier in Subic Bay for a brief stop to on/offload ammunition. Returned to Yokosuka on June 4; Underway again on June 19; Port call to Chinhae, ROK, from June 24-27; Returned home on June 28; Underway for ASWEX 90-2 from July 17-24; Inport Busan, ROK, from July 27-29 and Chinhae from July 29-31; Returned home on Aug. 2; Underway again on Sept. 6; Port call to Busan from Sept. 10-14; Returned home on Sept. 17.

October 2, USS Bunker Hill departed Yokosuka for a surge Middle East deployment as part of the USS Midway (CV 41) BG.

October 13, CG 52 pulled into Subic Bay for a three-day port call after participating in ANNUALEX 02G and FIREX II.

October 20, The Bunker Hill anchored off Singapore for a four-day port visit. Transited Strait of Hormuz on Oct. 28.

November 1, USS Bunker Hill anchored at Bahrain Bell-Sitrah anchorage for a five-day visit to Manama to conduct NAVCENT Inchop briefs. Assumed duties as Anti-Air Warfare Commander for Middle East Force (CTF 151); Participated in exercise Imminent Thunder from Nov. 15-21.

November 27, The Bunker Hill pulled into Mina Zayed Port for a three-day visit to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Port visit to Dubai, U.A.E., from Dec. 9-12; Anchored at Bahrain Bell from Dec. 23-26.

January 6, 1991 The guided-missile cruiser moored alongside the USS Jason (AR 8) at Bahrain Bell-Sitrah anchorage for a five-day availability. Assumed duties as Arabian Gulf Battle Force AAWC "Zulu Whiskey" (CTF 142.2).

January 17, USS Bunker Hill launched its first Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs), from the station in the NAG, in support of Operation Desert Storm. The ship launched a total of 28 Tomahawk cruise missiles against targets in Iraq by the end of January.

February 14, The Bunker Hill conducted turnover with USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) as Battle Force Anti-Air Warfare Commander "ZW".

February 16, CG 52 moored outboard the USS Acadia (AD 42) in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a six-day tender availability. Anchored at Bahrain Bell-Sitrah from March 5-6.

March 14, USS Bunker Hill anchored in Patong Bay for a four-day visit to Phuket, Thailand. Brief stop in Singapore on March 19 to refuel.

March 22, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Subic Bay for a five-day port call. Port visit to Hong Kong from March 28- April 2.

April 8, USS Bunker Hill returned to Yokosuka after a six-month combat deployment in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

April 26, The Bunker Hill entered the Dry Dock #6 at Yokosuka Naval Shipyard for a three-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Departed dry-dock on July 1; Underway for sea trials from July 29-30; Underway for ammo onload at A-12 anchorage on Aug. 2; Inport Apra Harbor, Guam, from Aug. 5-8; Port call to Pearl Harbor from Aug. 22-28 after escorting USS Midway for a turnover with USS Independence (CV 62).

September 11, CG 52 returned to Yokosuka after a 40-day underway period. Underway again on Sept. 16 for Independent Steaming Exercises (ISE); Port call to Subic Bay from Sept. 21-26 before conducting Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS) qualifications at the Leon Creek range, Tabones, Philippines; Returned home on Oct. 2.

October 19, USS Bunker Hill departed Naval Base Yokosuka for a Fall Patrol. Anchored off Chinhae, Republic of Korea, from Oct. 21-24; Port call to Busan from Oct. 25-31 before participating in exercise Valiant Blitz '92; Participated in ANNUALEX 03G from Nov. 7-15; Inport Busan again from Nov. 18-22; Returned home on Nov. 24; Underway for OPPE from Dec. 2-3; Underway for Group Sail operations from Dec. 9-20.

February 21, 1992 Capt. Emil R. Diamond, Jr., relieved Capt. Thomas F. Marfiak as the 4th CO of CG 52.

April 15, USS Bunker Hill departed Yokosuka for a scheduled six-month Middle East deployment, with the USS Independence Battle Group, in support of Operation Southern Watch.

In April, the Bunker Hill was part of the last battle group to visit the U.S. Naval Base at Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines. Transited the Strait of Hormuz on May 26; Departed Arabian Gulf in September; Returned home in October.

January 25, 1993 The guided-missile cruiser departed Yokosuka for a week-long underway to conduct escort operations for USS Independence. Underway in support of exercise Team Spirit '93 on Feb. 16.

February 28, USS Bunker Hill pulled into Sasebo, Japan, for a brief port call after conducting MISSILEX off Okinawa. Port call to Busan, ROK, from March 18-23 after participating in Team Spirit; Returned home on March 25; Underway for ammo offload from April 16-17; Commenced a four-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) in late April; Underway for sea trials from Aug. 9-10; Underway for ammo onlad and routine training from Aug. 16-29; Brief stop in Naval Base Sasebo on Aug. 26; Underway again on Sept. 15.

September 18, The Bunker Hill arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, for a two-day port visit. Inport Sasebo from Sept. 21-23; Participated in MAREX '93 off Okinawa from Oct. 5-1; Returned home on Oct. 11; Underway for OPPE from Oct. 20-21.

November 17, USS Bunker Hill departed Yokosuka, Japan, for a scheduled deployment as part of the USS Independence BG. Returned back to Yokosuka on Nov. 22 to prepare for National Tasking mission in the Sea of Japan; Underway again on Nov. 29; Brief stop in Sasebo on Dec. 10; Port call to Busan, ROK, from Dec. 11-14; Returned to homeport on Dec. 22.

December 28, USS Bunker Hill departed Naval Base Yokosuka for a Middle East deployment.

January 6, 1994 CG 52 anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a three-day port visit. Entered the Arabian Gulf on Jan. 17.

January 18, The Bunker Hill moored outboard the USS Acadia (AD 42) in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a week-long tender availability. Anchored at Bahrain Bell-Sitrah from Feb. 7-8; Departed Arabian Gulf on Feb. 10.

February 26, USS Bunker Hill anchored off Pattaya, Thailand, for a five-day port visit. Port call to Hong Kong from March 7-12.

March 17, USS Bunker Hill returned to homeport after a nearly three-month underway period.

April 8, The guided-missile destroyer underway for ammunition offload at A-12 anchorage. Commenced a 14-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) on April 11.

May 20, Capt. Gary W. Schnurrpusch relieved Capt. Emil R. Diamond, Jr., as CO of the Bunker Hill.

From July 25-27, USS Bunker Hill was underway for sea trials. Underway for ammo onload and local operations from Aug. 2-11; Underway for Friendship Cruise on Aug. 13; Underway for MISSILEX on Aug. 18; Brief stop in White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, on Aug. 22 and Aug. 26-27; Returned home on Aug. 31; Underway for CART IIA from Sept. 15-16; Underway from Sept. 20- Oct. 1; Port call to Busan, ROK, from Sept. 23-29.

October 28, USS Bunker Hill ruptured its sonar dome while conducting a full power run in moderate to high seas, during INSURV rehearsal. Returned to homeport on Oct. 29.

November 10, The Bunker Hill entered the Dry Dock #5 at Yokosuka Naval Shipyard for sonar dome replacement. Departed dry-dock on Dec. 23; Underway for sea trials from Jan. 4-5, 1995; Underway for routine training from Jan. 20-23, Jan. 26- Feb. 17, Feb. 21-23, Feb. 28- March 3 and March 13-18; Underway again on March 19.

March 22, USS Bunker Hill arrived in Qingdao, People's Republic of China, for a three-day port visit. Returned home on March 29.

April 12, USS Bunker Hill departed Naval Base Yokosuka for a Spring Patrol with the USS Independence (CV 62) Battle Group.

From April 14-15, the guided-missile cruiser conducted Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) qualifications off Okino Daito Jima, Okinawa. Conducted MISSILEX from April 16-19.

April 23, The Bunker Hill moored to buoy in Victoria Harbour for a five-day port visit to Hong Kong.

May 11, USS Bunker Hill anchored in the Gulf of Thailand for a five-day liberty to Pattaya Beach. Participated in exercise Cobra Gold '95 from May 2-23; Inport White Beach, Okinawa, from May 28-29; Returned home on June 1; Underway for OPPE from June 13-15.

June 21, CG 52 pulled into White Beach Naval Facility for the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Battle of Okinawa. Underway on June 26.

June 29, The Bunker Hill anchored in Manila Bay, Philippines, for a three-day port visit. Returned home on July 8; Underway for Friendship Cruise on July 22; Underway for routine training from July 25-26 and Aug. 1.

August 19, USS Bunker Hill departed Yokosuka for a scheduled Middle East deployment in support of Operation Southern Watch, as part of the USS Independence BG.

September 7, The Bunker Hill trasited the Strait of Hormuz. Assumed duties as TF-50 and Regional Air Warfare Commander on Sept. 8; Anchored at Bahrain Bell-Sitrah from Sept. 17-20.

September 23, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day port call. Port visit to Dubai, U.A.E., from Oct. 11-15; Departed Arabian Gulf on Oct. 16.

October 28, USS Bunker Hill anchored in Victoria Harbour for a four-day port visit to Hong Kong. Returned to Yokosuka on Nov. 8; Underway again on Nov. 12 to resume participation in combined exercises ANNUALEX 07G and Cope North; Returned home on Nov. 18.

January 5, 1996 The Bunker Hill departed homeport to participate in MISSILEX off Okinawa. Brief stop to White Beach Naval Facility on Jan. 8 and 12th; Port visit to Hong Kong from Jan. 15-20; Returned to Yokosuka on Jan. 25.

February 9, USS Bunker Hill departed Yokosuka for a Spring Patrol with the USS Independence Battle Group.

February 24, CG 52 pulled into Busan, Republic of Korea, for a two-day port call after participated in exercises Valiant Usher and ASWEX.

March 2, The Bunker Hill anchored off Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a three-day port visit.

March 7, USS Bunker Hill was called on short notice to reposition to Taiwan Straits and track the People's Republic of China Short-Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM) test launches, using its SPY-1A radar, and to observe PRC and Taiwanese military activity.

March 28, The Bunker Hill returned to homeport after a 48-day underway period.

April 16, Capt. Antony J. Kopacz relieved Capt. Gary W. Schnurrpusch as CO of the USS Bunker Hill during a change-of-command ceremony at the Benny Decker theater.

May 4, USS Bunker Hill departed Naval Base Yokosuka to participate in annual multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) '96.

May 10, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Subic Bay, Philippines, for a five-day port call. Inport Apra Harbor from May 20-21 before conducting workups in the Guam Op. Area; Arrived in the Hawaiian OPAREA on June 7.

June 17, The Bunker Hill pulled into Pearl Harbor for a five-day port call. Ammo onload at Naval Magazine Lualualei from June 22-23; Returned to homeport on July 3.

September 3, CG 52 underway for ammo onload and sea trials after a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

September 7, USS Bunker Hill anchored off Fukuoka, Japan, for a three-day port visit. Inport White Beach, Okinawa, from Sept. 12-14.

September 23, The Bunker Hill moored to buoy A-41 in Victoria Harbour for a five-day port visit to Hong Kong.

September 28, Class "A" fire in main engine room #2 in uptake laging for GTMs. Extinguished in 47 minutes. Temporary loss of starboard shaft and #2 GTG; Returned home on Oct. 4; Emergent repairs through Oct. 14; Underway for Frienship Cruise on Oct. 15.

October 26, USS Bunker Hill departed Yokosuka to participate in exercises Foal Eagle and ANNUALEX. Returned home on Nov. 12; Underway for ammo offload at A-12 anchorage from Dec. 11-13.

January 7, 1997 The Bunker Hill entered the dry-dock at Yokosuka Naval Shipyard for a three-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Undocked on Feb. 28; Underway for sea trials from April 14-16.

May 17, CG 52 departed Naval Base Yokosuka for NSFS qualifications at Okino Daito range, TSTA I and a port visit to Hong Kong. Returned home on June 1; Port visit to Singapore from June 16-20; Returned home on July 5; Underway for routine training and exercise Valiant Blitz on Aug. 11; Port call to Manila, Philippines, in late August; Participated in MISSILEX off Okinawa from Sept. 17-21.

From Oct. 24 through Nov. 12, the Bunker Hill participated in exercises Foal Eagle '97 and ANNUALEX.

December 2, USS Bunker Hill in Langkawi, Malaysia, for a five-day port visit to represent the U.S. Navy at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 1997.

January 23, 1998 USS Bunker Hill departed Yokosuka, Japan, for a scheduled deployment with the USS Independence BG and a homeport change.

June 12, Capt. Patrick L. Danny relieved Capt. Antony J. Kopacz as the 7th CO of CG 52.

August ?, USS Bunker Hill arrived in its new homeport of Naval Station San Diego, Calif., after a seven-month Middle East deployment.

January 25, 1999 The Bunker Hill departed dry-dock at Southwest Marine Shipyard in San Diego, during its nine-month Regular Overhaul (ROH). Underway for sea trials and ammo onload from June 2-4; Underway again for sea trials from June 29-30.

July 17, The guided-missile cruiser arrived at Naval Surface Warfare Center in Port Hueneme, Calif., for a five-day combat and weapons systems groom. Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach, Calif., from July 21-23; Underway for NSFS and spotter services off San Clemente on July 26; Overnight stop in Naval Station Everett, Wa., from Aug. 3-4.

August 4, USS Bunker Hill moored to Pier 66 in Seattle, Wash., for a five-day port visit to participate in Seafair festivities. Returned to San Diego on Aug. 13.

From August 26-28, the Bunker Hill was underway for Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART) II in the SOCAL Op. Area.

September 10, CG 52 departed Naval Station San Diego for Stream Raid MISSILEX at the Pacific Missile Range Facilty (PMRF), Barking Sands, Kauai. Inport Pearl Harbor from Sept. 17-20 and 25-28th; Returned home on Oct. 5; Underway for Engineering qualifications on Oct. 12; Underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) from Nov. 2-12 and Nov. 15-19; Underway for Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) Nov. 22-23.

January 17, 2000 USS Bunker Hill departed San Diego to participate in ASWEX and Composite Traininig Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) as part of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Battle Group. The Bunker Hill also conducted an Anti-Submarine Rocket (ASROC) Operational Test Lauch (OTL).

In Mid-March, the guided-missile cruiser made a port visit to San Pedro, Calif.

April 7, Capt. Robert A. Butt relieved Capt. Patrick L. Danny as commanding officer of the USS Bunker Hill.

In May and June, the Bunker Hill participated in exericse Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2000, with the the Abraham Lincoln BG. The Battle Group was simultaneously beginning its Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) in preparation for deployment to the western Pacific and Arabian Gulf areas.

August 17, USS Bunker Hill departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment with the Lincoln Battle Group. Port call to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from Aug. 23-24.

September 7, CG 52 pulled into Darwin, Australia, for a five-day port call. Anchored off Dili, East Timor, from Sept. 14-16 for humanitarian assistance operations as part of the USS Tarawa (LHA 1) ARG; Entered the Arabian Gulf on Sept. 26 in support of Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO); Inport Manama, Bahrain, from Sept. 27- Oct. 1 and Oct. 11-12.

December 11, The Bunker Hill moored again at Mina Salman Pier in Manama for a three-day port call after conducting force protection and escorts for the USS Tarawa MEUEX, off the coast of Kuwait, from Dec. 1-10; Emergent repairs in Manama from Dec. 22-27 for engine change out; Departed Arabian Gulf on Dec. 30, where conducted boardings and inspections of 48 merchant vessels.

January 12, 2001 The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Fremantle, Australia, for a five-day visit to Perth. Port call to Sydney from Jan. 23-28.

February 18, USS Bunker Hill returned to Naval Station San Diego after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

March 21, The Bunker Hill moored at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach for a two-day ammo offload. Underway for exercise Kernel Blitz from April 2-12; Port visit to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in late April; Underway for FIREX I and Fleet Battle Experiment from June 18-25; Underway for routine training from July 17-20.

August 24, CG 52 pulled into San Francisco, Calif., for a three-day port visit. Ammo offload at NWS Seal Beach from Aug. 28-30.

September 12, USS Bunker Hill entered the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego for a nine-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Returned to Naval Station San Diego on Nov. 13; Underway for sea trials from Nov. 14-16; Underway for ammo onload and routine training from Dec. 3-10.

January 4, 2002 Capt. Faris T. Farwell, Jr., relieved Capt. Robert A. Butt as CO of the Bunker Hill.

From Jan. 21-25, the guided-missile cruiser was underway for routine training and "Leaders to Sea" program. Underway for local operations from Feb. 19-22; Underway for routine training from April 2-5, 15-19, 23-26 and April 30- May 3; Underway Demonstrations from May 8-9; Underway for FEP on May 13.

May 17, USS Bunker Hill arrived in San Francisco for a three-day port visit. Returned home on May 22; Underway for routine training and ammo onload from May 28- June 7; Underway for MISSILEX from June 19-21; Underway for Group Sail from July 1-3; Underway for COMPTUEX on July 8; Inport Naval Station Everett from July 31- Aug. 1.

August 1, The Bunker Hill arrived in Seattle, Wash., for a five-day port visit to participate in Seafair festivities. Port call to Esquimalt, B.C., from Aug. 6-9; Returned home on Aug. 14.

From September 5-12, CG 52 was underway for NSFS, MISSILEX and ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach.

From Oct. 17-30, the Bunker Hill was underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) off the coast of southern California.

November 2, USS Bunker Hill departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Constellation (CV 64) Battle Group, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

November 22, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Hong Kong for a five-day port visit.

December 1, USS Bunker Hill moored at British naval base Sembawang for a five-day port call to Singapore.

December 30, CG 52 pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a four-day port call.

March 20, 2003 USS Bunker Hill launched its first Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs), just before dawn from the station in the North Arabian Gulf, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She launched a total of 31 Tomahawk missiles during the war.

June 1, USS Bunker Hill returned to homeport after a seven-month combat deployment. Its embarked helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 45 supported the rescue of U.N. workers being forcibly removed from oil platforms in the northern Arabian Gulf, and provided medical evacuations from the Iraqi city of Umm Qasr.

November 24, Capt. Richard W. Durham relieved Capt. Faris T. Farwell, Jr., as CO of CG 52.

From January 20-23, 2004, the Bunker Hill was underway for TSTA. Underway again from Jan. 26-30, Feb. 2-6, Feb. 17-20, Feb. 23-27, March 1-3, March 8-9 and 16-18th; Underway for FEP April 1-2; Underway for INSURV Preps. from April 6-9, April 29-30 and May 5-10; Underway for INSURV assessment on May 26; Underway for sea trials from Aug. 16-18 after instalation of the Super High Frequency system; Underway for ammo onload from Aug. 30- Sept. 3; Underway for Expeditionay Strike Group Integration Exercise (ESGINT) from Sept. 17-20 and 25-27th; Underway for COMPTUEX from Oct. 6-22; Underway for JTFEX from Nov. 3-13; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Dec. 2.

December 6, USS Bunker Hill departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled western Pacific deployment with the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) ESG 5 in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

December 13, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Pearl Harbor for a three-day port call. Conducted NSFS qualifications off Farallon de Medinilla Island, approximately 45 n.m. northeast from Saipan, on Dec. 26.

January 3, 2005 The Bunker Hill moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a scheduled port visit.

January 31, CG 52 responded to a distress call from the motor vessel Apollo Sun, a Japanese-owned, Panamanian-flagged tanker steaming from Chiba, Japan to Kwohr Fahkan, United Arab Emirates.

June 6, USS Bunker Hill returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment in support of Operation Unified Assistance and Maritime Security Operations (MSO).

October 21, Capt. Charles M. Gaouette relieved Capt. Richard W. Durham as the 11th CO of Bunker Hill.

April 1, 2006 USS Bunker Hill is currently anchored off the coast of Redondo Beach, Calif., for participation in Navy Days Los Angeles from March 30- April 3.

September 13, USS Bunker Hill departed Naval Station San Diego for a scheduled deployment, as part of the USS Boxer (LHD 4) ESG 5, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

October 31, The bunker Hill pulled into Mumbai, India, for a three-day in-port phase of a multi-national exercise Malabar 2006.

January 5, 2007 Coalition ships from the British-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, including USS Bunker Hill, continue to maintain a presence off the east coast of Africa in response to the recent events in Somalia.

March 4, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a brief port call.

March 13, USS Bunker Hill returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

June 7, USS Bunker Hill arrived in Portland, Ore., to participate in a three-day Fleet Week festivities during the 100th annual Portland Rose Festival.

July 30, The Bunker Hill arrived in Naval Station Everett, Wash., to participate in a Sea Fair 2007 festivities in Seattle.

August 24, Capt. Patrick A. Piercey relieved Capt. Charles M. Gaouette as CO of the Bunker Hill.

August 12, 2008 USS Bunker Hill is halfway through a year-long modernization period at the BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair facility, where is receiving an extensive upgrades to its hull, mechanical systems, electrical systems, combat systems and weapons suites.

February 6, 2009 USS Bunker Hill completed sea trials off the coast of southern California after successfully testing its new Aegis Weapons System, the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) and SPQ-9B Radar. CG 52 is the first guided-missile cruiser to receive a complete set of upgrades as part of the Navy's Cruiser Modernization program. Each of the Navy's 22 Ticonderoga-class cruisers are scheduled for modernization over the next 10 years.

July 29, The Bunker Hill completed Combat System Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) in the SOCAL Op. Area.

August 7, Capt. Dominic DeScisciolo relieved Capt. Patrick A. Piercey as commanding officer of the Bunker Hill.

January 10, 2010 USS Bunker Hill departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment as part of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1.

January 16, The guided-missile cruiser was making full speed Saturday off the coast of Panama to reach Haiti and join U.S. military efforts in the Caribbean island devastated by Tuesday’s massive earthquake. The Bunker Hill will join USS Higgins (DDG 76) and USS Carl Vinson, already off the coast of Port-au-Prince. The Vinson recently departed Norfolk for its new homeport of San Diego.

March 14, The Bunker Hill pulled into Punta Arenas, Chile, for a brief port visit.

March 29, CG 52 anchored off the coast of Callao following exercises with the Peruvian navy.

April 12, USS Bunker Hill returned to Naval Base San Diego after a three-month underway period in support of Operations Unified Response and Southern Seas 2010.

June 3, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Portland, Ore., to participate in the 103rd Rose Festival celebration.

June 19, The Bunker Hill arrived in San Francisco, Calif., for a scheduled port visit.

November 30, USS Bunker Hill departed San Diego for a surge deployment as part of the Vinson CSG.

January 11, 2011 CG 52 moored at Busan naval base for a scheduled port visit to the Republic of Korea.

January 22, USS Bunker Hill arrived in Port Klang, Malaysia, for a four-day visit to Kuala Lumpur.

May 5, An SH-60 Seahawk assigned to "Scorpions" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49, embarked aboard the Bunker Hill, responded to a distress call and disrupted a pirate attack, in cooperation with international forces, on a Panamanian-flagged merchant vessel Full City in the Arabian Sea.

May 15, The guided-missile cruiser anchored off the coast of Manila for a three-day visit to Republic of the Philippines.

May 21, Capt. Michael J. Ford relieved Capt. Dominic DeScisciolo as CO of the Bunker Hill during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

May 22, USS Bunker Hill arrived in Hong Kong for a four-day port call.

June 15, USS Bunker Hill returned to Naval Base San Diego after six-and-a-half month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

September 10, CG 52 is currently underway off the coast of southern California participating in fueling-at-sea exercise with the USS Makin Island (LHD 8).

November 30, USS Bunker Hill departed homeport for a scheduled deployment with the USS Carl Vinson CSG.

December 27, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Hong Kong for a three-day port visit.

February 21, 2012 USS Bunker Hill departed Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, after a four-day visit to Dubai.

March 26, The Bunker Hill pulled again into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a three-day port call.

April 7, USS Bunker Hill pulled into Chennai, India, for a three-day port call before participating in exercise Malabar 2012.

April 24, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Fremantle, Australia, for a five-day visit to Perth.

May 15, CG 52 arrived in Pearl Harbor for a brief port call to embark "Tigers."

May 23, USS Bunker Hill returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

July 30, The Bunker Hill pulled into Naval Station Everett, Wash., for an overnight stay before participating in a Seattle's Seafair festivities, from July 31- Aug. 6.

September 7, USS Bunker Hill departed Naval Base San Diego for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

October 22, USS Bunker Hill commenced a five-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) at the BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair. Departed dry-dock on March 14.