USS MOBILE BAY
CG 53
  
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The Mobile Bay (CG 53) is the U.S. Navy's 9th Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser and was named for the naval Battle of Mobile Bay during the American Civil War in 1864. The keel was laid down by the Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation at Pascagoula, Mississippi, on June 6, 1984; launched on August 22, 1985; and christened on October 12, 1985. Capt. Frank R. Whalen is the prospective commanding officer.

February 21, 1987 USS Mobile Bay was commissioned during a ceremony at the Alabama State Docks in Mobile, Ala.

March 8, The Mobile Bay arrived at Naval Station guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for a three-week Refresher Training (REFTRA). Port call to Port Everglades, Fla., from April 2-6; Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C., from April 7-16.

April 17, USS Mobile Bay arrived in its homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for the first time. Underway for shock trials on May 14; Inport Port Canaveral, Fla., from May 18- June 16.

June 26, The guided-missile cruiser arrived at Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., for a post shock availability. Brief stop in Mayport to refuel on July 29; Inport Naval Station Norfolk, Va., from July 31- Aug. 3; Magnetic deperming at Lambert's Point, Va., from Aug. 3-5.

August 6, The Mobile Bay anchored off Annapolis, Md., for a four-day visit in conjunction with the annual Parents Weekend. Ammo onload at NWS Charleston from Aug. 12-14; Returned home on Aug. 15.

September 8, CG 53 departed Mayport for a Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) in the Underwater Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range off Andros Island, Bahamas, and Atlantic Fleet Weapons Training Facility (AFWTF) range off Puerto Rico; Inport Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, P.R., to refuel from Sept. 14-15 and 18-21st.

September 25, USS Mobile Bay anchored off the coast of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin islands, for a three-day visit. Port calls to Roosevelt Roads (Sept. 29-30) and Nassau, Bahamas, (Oct. 2-6); Returned to homeport on Oct. 8; Underway for routine training from Oct. 26-30 and Nov. 18-19; Underway for a Dependent's Day Cruise on Nov. 19; underway for final contract trials on Dec. 1.

January 15, 1988 USS Mobile Bay entered the Ingalls shipyard for a two-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Returned to Mayport on March 17; Underway for REFTRA at Guantanamo Bay from April 17- May 17.

July 15, Capt. David S. Bill, III relieved Capt. Frank R. Whalen as CO of the Mobile Bay.

August 24, CG 53 departed Naval Station Mayport to participate in NATO exercise Teamwork. Port visit to Kristiansend, Norway, from Sept. 25-29; Returned home on Oct. 12 after a two-day delay due to storm evasion; underway for FLEETEX 2-89 from Nov. 4-23; Port call to Roosevelt Roads from Nov. 15-19; Underway for Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) from Dec. 7-9.

From February 8-27, 1989, the Mobile Bay was underway for the seconds phase of Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX).

May 11, 1989 USS Mobile Bay, with an embarked Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 44 Det. 7, departed Naval Station Mayport for its maiden deployment as part of the USS America (CV 66) Battle Group.

May 24, The Mobile Bay arrived in Malaga, Spain, for a five-day port visit.

June 3, The guided-missile cruiser anchored off the coast of Benidorm, Spain, for a six-day port call. Participated in exercise National Week from June 9-14; Inport Haifa, Israel, from June 19-23; Transited Suez Canal on June 24; Operated in the Gulf of Oman through July 9.

July 18, USS Mobile Bay arrived in Diego Garcia for a three-day upkeep after participating in Weapons Week exercises.

July 27, CG 53 anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a five-day port visit. Arrived in North Arabian Sea on Aug. 8; Port call to Muscat, Oman, from Aug. 14-17; Returned to Mediterranean on Sept. 5.

September 6, The Mobile Bay supported the evacuation of U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Port visit to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, from Sept. 9-12; Inport Naval Station Newport , R.I., from Sept. 22-25 to embark PBE members for OPPE.

September 29, USS Mobile Bay returned to homeport after four-and-a-half month deployment in the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

November 12, USS Mobile Bay arrived in Houston, Texas, for a six-day port visit in conjunction with the 75th Anniversary of the Port of Houston. Returned home on Nov. 22.

December 2, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Bridgetown, Barbados, for a three-day port visit. Conducted Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS) qualifications off Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, from Dec. 6-8; Participated in Anti Submarine Warfare Exercise (ASWEX) ar St. Croix acoustic range from Dec. 9-12; Returned home on Dec. 15.

May 25, 1990 Capt. Stephen R. Woodall relieved Capt. David S. Bill, III as commanding officer of CG 53.

In June, USS Mobile Bay shifted homeports from Mayport, Florida, to Yokosuka, Japan.

August ?, USS Mobile Bay departed Naval Base Yokosuka for a surge Middle East deployment.

In early January 1991, the Mobile Bay moored alongside USS Acadia (AD 42), anchored off Masirah, Oman, for a four-day upkeep. Entered the Arabian Gulf on Jan. 11.

From January 18-20, USS Mobile Bay launched 22 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs), from the station in the NAG, in support of Operation Desert Storm.

From Jan. 21 through March 11, CG 53 acted as Anti-Surface Warfare Air Control Unit in the North Arabian Gulf, detecting and destroying 38 Iraq's naval vessels.

On Feb. 14, the Mobile Bay assumed duties as Battle Force Anti-Air Warfare Commander and on Feb. 15 become the first ship to control a four-carrier Task Force.

April 15, USS Mobile Bay returned to homeport after an eight-month combat deployment in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

June 21, The Mobile Bay arrived in the vicinity of Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, to participate in Operation Fiery Vigil, the evacuation of thousands of people displaced by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Pinatubo; Returned home on July 1; In August, the cruiser arrived in Guam to offload ammunition.

September 1, USS Mobile Bay entered the dry-dock at Yokosuka Naval Shipyard for a two-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Underway on Dec. 6; Brief stop in Subic Bay for ammo onload on Dec. 12 before conducting operations with the USS Independence (CV 62) BG off the coast of Okinawa; Returned to Yokosuka on Dec. 20.

February 10, 1992 The guided-missile cruiser departed Naval Base Yokosuka in support of carrier qualifications for USS Independence. In mid-March, the Batthe Group arrived in Subic Bay, Philippines, to assist in the transfer of materials before the closure of U.S. Naval Station Subic Bay and Naval Air Station Cubi Point.

April 15, USS Mobile Bay departed homeport for a scheduled Arabian Gulf deployment as part of the Independence BG.

May 1, The Mobile Bay arrived in Sydney, Australia, for a four-day port visit in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Battle of Coral Sea. Sailing through the Straits of Hormuz in late May, the ship began duties as the Arabian Gulf Anti-Air Warfare Commander. CG 53 also played a vital role in Operation Southern Watch, the enforcement of the U.N.-mandated "No Fly Zone" over southern Iraq.

July 6, USS Mobile Bay pulled into Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for its first port visit after two-month at sea.

July 8, Capt. Steven G. Smith relieved Capt. Stephen R. Woodall as CO of the Mobile Bay during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship in Abu Dhabi.

July 27, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for an eight-day upkeep with USS Acadia (AD 42).

In August, USS Mobile Bay visited Ad Damnan, Saudi Arabia, and returned to Jebel Ali for another week-long availability, this time with USS Dixon (AS 37).

In late September, CG 53 anchored off Phuket, Thailand, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Hong Kong from Oct. 8-11 to embark "Tigers."

October 13, USS Mobile Bay returned to Yokosuka, Japan, after a six-month deployment.

In early November, the Mobile Bay departed for ANNUALEX '92, a major naval exercise involving units of the U.S. Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force; Underway again in December for MISSILEX off Okinawa.

January 15, 1993 USS Mobile Bay arrived in Nagasaki, Japan, for a scheduled port visit.

From March 31- April 2, CG 53 was underway for sea trials after a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

May 10, USS Mobile Bay departed Yokosuka to participate in a multi-national exercise Spring Training '93, as part of the USS Independence Battle Group, with the Royal Australian and Singaporean Navies off western Australia. Port visit to Perth in late May.

June 12, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Darwin, Australia, for a scheduled port visit. Returned home on July 1; Completed INSURV on July 23.

September 21, The Mobile Bay departed Vladivostok, Russia, after a goodwill port visit. Participated in ANNUALEX '93 before returning to Yokosuka on Oct. 15.

November 17, USS Mobile Bay, with an embarked Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 51 Det. 1, departed homeport for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

December 1, USS Mobile Bay pulled into Singapore for a four-day port call. Port visit to Karachi, Pakistan, from Dec. 16-19.

December 21, The Mobile Bay entered the Arabian Gulf and immediately assumed duties as Battle force ZULU Anti-Air Warfare Commander ("ZW"), Strike Patrol Platform and Joint Link-11 Coordinator for all alied naval forces. Port visits to Dubai, U.A.E., from Dec. 22-28 and Jan. 7-12, 1994.

January 26, CG 53 moored alongside USS Acadia in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a nine-day port call to get tender support services. Brief stop in Bahrain before departing Arabian Gulf on Feb. 14.

February 22, The guided-missile cruiser arrived at British naval base Sembawang in Singapore for a week-long port call to conduct repairs after experiencing the serious problem with the 60 Hz distribution system. Port visit to Hong Kong from March 7-12.

March 17, USS Mobile Bay returned to Yokosuka after a four-month underway period.

April 23, The Mobile Bay underway to participate in MISSILEX 94-2 off Okinawa. Port call to Pusan, ROK, from May 5-9; Returned home on May 11; In dry-dock from May 14-28 to replace the section of steel on the hull.

May 31, USS Mobile Bay departed Naval Base Yokosuka to participate in a month-long exercise RIMPAC in the mid-Pacific involving over 50 warships from five Pacific Rim nations.

June 18, CG 53 pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a four-day port call. Returned home on July 5.

August 17, Capt. Garry Holmstrom relieved Capt. Steven G. Smith as the 5th CO of Mobile Bay.

From Aug. 20-26, the Mobile Bay was underway for routine training in the Okinawa Op. Area. Underway again on Sept. 12, Port call to Hong Kong from Sept. 17-21; Returned home on Sept. 26.

October 18, USS Mobile Bay anchored off the coast of Leyte Island, Philippines, near Tacloban City, to support the commemorative ceremonies for the 50th Anniversary of the General McArthur's landing at Leyte Gulf.

October 22, The guided-missile cruiser anchored in Manila Harbor for a five-day visit to Republic of the Philippines. Port visit to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, from Oct. 29- Nov. 1.

November 5, The Mobile Bay anchored off Penang, Malaysia, for a five-day port visit. Port call to Singapore from Nov. 11-15; Returned home on Nov. 22; Underway for Group Sail operations with the USS Constellation (CV 64) BG from Dec. 6-14; Commenced a three-month SRA on Dec. 15; Tender availability with USS Holland (AS 32) from Feb. 8-23.

From March 21-24, 1995, USS Mobile Bay was underway for sea trials and ammo onload. Departed for MISSILEX on April 11; Inport White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, from April 13-14; Conducted Naval Gunfire Support off Okino Daito on April 14; Port call to Hong Kong from April 23-28.

May 11, CG 53 anchored off the coast of Pattaya, Thailand, for a five-day visit after conducting routine training with the Independence Battle Group, in the Gulf of Thailand. Returned home on June 2; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on July 7.

August 4, USS Mobile Bay departed Yokosuka for a scheduled Arabian Gulf deployment in support of operation Southern Watch, with the combined detachments of an embarked SH-60B from HSL-51 and SH-60F from HS-14.

August 16, The Mobile Bay anchored off Jakarta, Indonesia, in a formation of over 80 ships from 24 nations, for a six-day port visit, to participate in celebration of 50 years of Indonesian Independence. Port call to Singapore from Aug. 24-28.

September 10, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., for voyage repairs. Due to port loading, the ship shifted ports to Dubai on Sept. 13 for three more days.

September 27, USS Mobile Bay arrived again in Dubai, U.A.E., for a week-long port visit.

On October 14, the Mobile Bay conducted turnover with USS Vicksburg (CG 69) and transited Straits of Hormuz on Oct. 15; The ship was ordered to return back to Gulf, along with USS Fife (DD 991), on Oct. 16; Anchored off the coast of Manama, Bahrain, from Oct. 18-20; Port calls to Dubai from Oct. 29- Nov. 4 and Nov. 11-14.

November 21, CG 53 anchored off the coast of Patong Beach for a four-day visit to Phuket, Thailand. Port call to Singapore from Nov. 27-30.

December 7, USS Mobile Bay returned to Naval Base Yokosuka after a four-month deployment.

January 8, 1996 The Mobile Bay entered the Dry Dock #6 ant Yokosuka Naval Shipyard for an Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA). Departed dry-dock on May 21; Underway for ammo onload on Aug. 7; Underway for sea trials from Aug. 12-15; Underway for routine training from Aug. 26-29; Friends and Family Day Cruise in Tokyo Wan on Aug. 30.

September 9, USS Mobile Bay departed homeport for a western Pacific patrol as part of the USS Independence Battle Group. Inport Subic Bay, Philippines, from Sept. 20-24; Port visit to Hong Kong from Sept. 27-30; Returned home on Oct. 4; Underway for exercises Foal Eagle/Keen Sword and ANNUALEX on Oct. 16.

November 9, The Mobile Bay relieved USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) as the primary Anti-Air Warfare Commander for the Independence (CV 62) BG. Returned to Yokosuka on Nov. 12 to avoid the Super Typhoon Violet.

November 20, Capt. Joseph M. Volpe, Jr., relieved Capt. Garry Holmstrom as CO of CG 53 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

From Dec. 2-13, the Mobile Bay was underway for MISSILEX 97-1 off Okinawa. Inport Naval Base Sasebo, Japan, from Dec. 4-7.

From January 24-31, 1997, USS Mobile Bay was underway in support of carrier qualifications for USS Independence.

February 14, USS Mobile Bay departed Yokosuka, Japan, for a four-month "Southern Swing" patrol. Participated in ASWEX 97-2JA through Feb. 26; Inport Apra Harbor, Guam, from Feb. 26-28; Participated in MISSILEX off Farallon de Medinilla Island, approximately 45 n.m. northeast from Saipan, from March 1-2.

March 26, The Mobile Bay moored at Garden Island Naval Facility in Sydney, Australia, for a week-long port visit after participating in exercise Tandem Thrust, at the Great Barrier Reef, from March 10-24.

April 11, The guided-missile cruiser pulled again into Apra Harbor for an 18-day port call for maintanance availability and Engineering Certification Preps. Port visit to Hong Kong from May 27-30; Brief stop in White Beach, Okinawa, from June 2-3; Port call to Sasebo, Japan, from June 4-7.

June 10, USS Mobile Bay returned to homeport after a four-month underway period.

July 1, The Mobile Bay arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, for a four-day port visit. Underway for routine training from Aug. 22-28; Brief stop to Okinawa from Aug. 25-26.

September 5, CG 53 arrived in Otaru, Japan, for a four-day port visit. Returned to Yokosuka on Sept. 26 after participating in ASWEX 97-6JA and exercise Valiant Blitz off Okinawa.

From October 14 through Nov. 14, the Mobile Bay was underway for exercises Foal Eagle '97, ANNUALEX 09G and Cope North 98-1; Port call to Busan, ROK, from Oct. 18-21.

January 7, 1998 USS Mobile Bay departed Yokosuka in support of U.S. Secretary of Defense visit to Singapore. Inport Sembawang naval base from Jan. 13-19; Port call to Hong Kong from Jan. 22-27; Brief stop in Okinawa from Jan. 29-30; Inport Apra Harbor, Guam, from Feb. 5-9; Returned home on Feb. 12; Underway for sea trials after a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) from May 6-7; Underway for for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on May 25.

June 1, USS Mobile Bay departed Yokosuka for a Summer Patrol in support of CARAT exercise. Inport Guam from June 5-6.

June 11, The Mobile Bay arrived in Townsville, Australia, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Darwin from June 18-23.

June 28, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Lumut, Malaysia, for a three-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise.

July 6, USS Mobile Bay anchored off the coast of Sattahip for a week-long in-port phase of CARAT Thailand. Port call to Singapore from July 20-27 for third CARAT exercise. Inport Singapore again from July 30- Aug. 2; Port call to White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, from Aug. 7-9.

August 10, CG 53 anchored off Nagoja, Japan, for a four-day port visit. Returned home on Aug. 15; Underway for Type Training in the Philippine Sea from Sept. 22-23.

September 25, Capt. Edward J. Rogers, III relieved Capt. Joseph M. Volpe, Jr., as commanding officer of the Mobile Bay.

October 12, USS Mobile Bay pulled into Busan, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port visit for Fleet Week celebration. Emergency sortied on Oct. 15 to avoid Typhoon Zeb; Anchored off Inchon, ROK, from Oct. 22-26 before participating in exercises Foal Eagle '98 and ANNUALEX 10G; Returned home on Nov. 13; Underway for MISSILEX from Dec. 1-11; Inport Okinawa from Dec. 3-6.

January 15, 1999 The Mobile Bay departed Naval Base Yokosuka for NSFS qualifications and MISSILEX off Okinawa. Port call to Hong Kong from Jan. 28- Feb. 1; Returned home on Feb. 5; Underway for ECERT from Feb. 25-26.

March 15, USS Mobile Bay departed homeport for a Spring Patrol as part of the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) BG. Brief stop in Guam before participating in exercise Tundem Thrust '99; Ordered to return to Yokosuka on April 15 for a ten-day upkeep; Underway again on April 26. In early May, the ship visited Singapore to participate in the 1999 International Maritime Defense Exhibition (IMDEX) Asia; After a port visit to Pattaya Beach, Mobile Bay participated in Cobra Gold exercise, in the Gulf of Thailand, from May 18-23; Brief stop in Okinawa before returning to Yokosuka on June 5.

June 17, USS Mobile Bay underway again, within 25 hours of notification, to calm a fishing area dispute in North Korean fishing waters. Brief stop in Sasebo before a four-day visit to Busan, ROK; Returned home on July 2.

On August 23, the Mobile Bay deployed in support of exercise Crocodilo '99, off the coast of Dili, East Timor. After a four-day operations with USS O'Brien (DD 975) and HMAS Anzac (FFH 150) she was ordered to proced to Darwin, Australia, to prepare for Operation Stabilise.

After a fou-week underway off East Timor, USS Mobile Bay was detached as Commander, INTERFET Forces and visited ports of Singapore and Pattaya, Thailand; The ship arrived in Kagoshima, Japan, in late October for a goodwill visit before participating in ANNUALEX 11G; Returned to homeport on Nov. 9.

In July 2000, USS Mobile Bay changed its homeport from Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, to Naval Station San Diego, Calif.

May 25, 2001 CG 53 completed a seven-month Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA) at NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. Arrived at Naval Surface Warfare Center in Port Hueneme, Calif., in late August for a three-week extensive combat and weapons systems groom, followed by a CSSQT and a Joint Theater Ballistic Missile tracking exercise; On Sept. 11, the Mobile Bay was ordered to proceed off the coast of San Francisco, Calif., to provide air coverage.

December 21, U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (CGLED), operating from the Mobile Bay, seized 10.5 metric tons of cocaine approximately 800 miles southwest of Acapulco, Mexico. The guided-missile cruiser departed on Dec. 14 in support of Operation Caper Focus.

From January 18 through February 7, 2002, the Mobile Bay participated in COMPTUEX. Engineering Underway Demonstration from April 4-5.

April 10, Capt. W. James Kear relieved Capt. Edward J. Rogers, III as CO of the USS Mobile Bay during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Station San Diego's Pier 2.

April 19, The guided-missile cruiser underway for ammuniton onload at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., before participating in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX); Completed the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment on June 14; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on July 18.

July 24, USS Mobile Bay departed homeport for a scheduled deployment, as part of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Battle Group, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Brief stop in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Aug. 1; Before entering the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR, the ship visited Guam, Singapore and Thailand.

September 6, While flying in support of Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) one of Mobile Bay's SH-60 helicopters crashed in the Arabian Gulf. A civilian television cameraman was killed and four U.S. Navy sailors were injured. The cameraman, from KCBS-TV Los Angeles, was filming a news story on the U.S. Navy. The helicopter had been hovering over a Syrian-flagged vessel to observe a maritime health inspection boarding when its rotor blades hit the ship's mast.

March 22, 2003 USS Mobile Bay launched its first Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

April 25, USS Mobile Bay returned to San Diego after a record nine-month combat deployment. She is the first ship to be a part of Optimal Manning, a directive that was introduced by the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), where the crew was reduced by 17 percent.

September 4, Rear Adm. Jacob L. Shuford, Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group (CCDG) 3, relieved of command Capt. Kear due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." The XO Lt. Cmdr. Joseph P. Naman assumed temporary command of the Mobile Bay.

September 16, Capt. Neal J. Kusumoto relieved Lt. Cmdr. Joseph P. Naman as CO of CG 53.

October 11, CG 53 recently arrived in San Francisco, Calif., for the 22nd Fleet Week celebration.

March 18, 2004 Capt. Kusumoto was relieved as CO of USS Mobile Bay due to "personal behaviour." He was arrested on Feb. 12 on a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge. The XO Lt. Cmdr. Joseph P. Naman assumed temporary command of the ship.

March 28, Capt. Daniel P. Keller relieved Lt. Cmdr. Joseph P. Naman as commanding officer of the Mobile Bay.

June 17, USS Mobile Bay, along with USS Preble (DG 88), departed Naval Base San Diego for a surge deployment to the western Pacific and Central Command Areas of Responsibility (AoR) in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The ships will join up with the USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) that departed San Diego on May 27.

December 17, USS Mobile Bay returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The ship spent most times in the North Arabian Gulf providing security for Al Basra and the Khawr Al Amaya oil terminals.

October 8, 2005 The Mobile Bay recently pulled into San Francisco to participate in annual Fleet Week celebration.

March 3, 2006 USS Mobile Bay departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment, with the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, in support of the Global War On Terrorism and Maritime Security Operations (MSO).

April 1, CG 53 participated in the annual combined and joint exercise Foal Eagle from March 24-31, involving more than 70 U.S. and ROK Navy ships and more than 100 aircraft from all services of both the U.S. and ROK armed forces.

April 10, The guided-missile cruiser participated in flight operations with the Hong Kong Governmental Flight Service in the western Pacific Ocean. The HKGFS consists of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, and its primary mission is to provide emergency airlift and search and rescue in local and coastal waters of Hong Kong.

June 20, USS Mobile Bay is currently participating in exercise Valiant Shield '06, off the coast of Guam, from June 19-23. The exercise will involve more than 20,000 Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. Valiant Shield 2006 will also see more than 300 aircraft and 28 ships from the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Groups, as well as the Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.

July 5, The Mobile Bay departed Pearl Harbor to participate in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006. Eight nations are participating in RIMPAC 2006, the world's largest biennial maritime exercise.

August 4, USS Mobile Bay returned to Naval Base San Diego after a five-month deployment to the western Pacific.

October 26, USS Mobile Bay is currently underway for "Leaders to Sea" program.

June 7, 2007 The Mobile Bay, commanded by Capt. Thomas Carney, moored outboard the USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) in Portland, Ore., for a three-day port visit to participate in the Fleet Week festivities during the 100th annual Portland Rose Festival.

November 12, The guided-missile cruiser is currently underway off the coast of southern California, participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.

January 23, 2008 CG 53 is currently participating in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) in the SOCAL Op. Area.

March 17, USS Mobile Bay departed homeport for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR. Returned to San Diego on Oct. 8.

February 3, 2009 USS Mobile Bay, commanded by Capt. Denny Wetherlad, is currently underway for Group Sail operations as part of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9.

April 19, 2010 The guided-missile cruiser completed its 10-month shipyard modernization availability at BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair facility.

July 17, USS Mobile Bay anchored in Monterey Harbor, California, to support the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program established by the Department of Defense (DoD) and administered by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Naval Postgraduate School. Returned to Naval Base San Diego on July 18.

February 4, 2011 CG 53 departed homeport for local operations as part of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) CSG.

May 28, Capt. Thomas G. Halvorson relieved Capt. James J. Housinger as CO of the Mobile Bay during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Base San Diego. The ship completed Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) on May 27.

July 29, USS Mobile Bay departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment, as part of the Stennis CSG, in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

September 4, The Mobile Bay pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a four-day visit to Kuala Lumpur.

January 26, 2012 The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Changi Naval Base for a scheduled port visit to Singapore.

February 27, USS Mobile Bay returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment.

September 1, USS Mobile Bay departed Naval Base San Diego for a surge deployment as part of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group.

September 30, CG 53 moored at Sepanggar Naval Base for a four-day port visit to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

October 7, The Mobile Bay anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a three-day port visit.

November 24, USS Mobile Bay departed Kingdom of Bahrain after a four-day port call. Another routine visit to Bahrain on Dec. 8.

February 1, 2013 The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a four-day visit to Dubai.

March 8, Capt. Timothy J. Kott relieved Capt. Thomas G. Halvorson as CO of the Mobile Bay during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Arabian Sea.

March 13, The Mobile Bay pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day port call.

April 1, CG 53 moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a three-day port visit. Inport Pearl Harbor from April 21-24.

April 29, USS Mobile Bay returned to San Diego after an eight-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

October 7, The Mobile Bay departed Naval Base San Diego to participate in a Task Group Exercise (TGEX), with the U.S. and Canadian Navy ships, from Oct. 7-11.

November 1?, USS Mobile Bay moored at BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair for a six-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

August 22, 2014 The guided-missile cruiser returned to homeport after underway for local operations.