USS SAN JACINTO
CG 56
  
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The name San Jacinto honors the April 21, 1836, battle by the San Jacinto River in Texas, where General Sam Houston and his greatly outnumbered Texas soldiers won independence for the Republic of Texas, decisively defeating General Santa Anna and his Mexican Army.

San Jacinto’s construction began on October 5, 1984, and her keel was laid on July 24, 1985. She was launched on November 14, 1986, and christened January 24, 1987, by her sponsor Dr. Wendy Lee Gramm, wife of Senator Phil Gramm of Texas. USS San Jacinto was commissioned on January 23, 1988, by the Vice President George Bush in Houston, Texas.

USS San Jacinto has distinguished herself by a 1989 Mediterranean deployment, where she provided the strike warfare capability supporting the first Mediterranean aircraft carrier gap in recent history. In August 1990, she deployed with only five day's notice for Operation Desert Shield, where she served as Red Sea Battle Force Anti-Air Warfare Commander and launched the first Tomahawk cruise missiles ever fired in combat during the opening salvos of Operation Desert Storm.

In 1992, CG 56 circumnavigated South America during UNITAS XXXIII, a multi-national naval exercise. Many of the littoral warfare tactical initiatives developed during UNITAS were later refined during BALTOPS '93 exercises, when she embarked the first-ever LAMPS SH-60B and SH-60F combined detachment.

The guided missile cruiser deployed to the Mediterranean and Red Sea in May 1994 as part of the USS George Washington Battle Group. During her 69 days in the Adriatic Sea, she enforced the "No-Fly Zone" over Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the U.N. sanctioned arms embargo. When Saddam Hussein sent his forces once again towards Kuwait in October, she responded rapidly, taking Tomahawk Strike station in the Red Sea, just as she had three years earlier.

January 26, 1996 The San Jacinto again deployed to the Mediterranean and Red Seas as part of the USS George Washington Battle Group. While there, she participated in joint operations with the Russian Navy, and distinguished herself during rescue operations of the merchant ship Saudi Hoffur. She ended the deployment with her first extended shipyard overhaul period.

February 26, 1998 USS San Jacinto (CG 56) deployed with the USS John C. Stennis to the Arabian Gulf. Following a 16-day transit, she served as the Air Warfare Commander for the Stennis Battle Group and Regional Air Warfare Commander for the Arabian Gulf. Additional taskings included as part of Operation Southern Watch and Maritime Interdiction Operations in support of UN Resolutions and sanctions against Iraq, defense of the Stennis as "Shotgun Cruiser", and a rescue at sea of a Turkish merchant vessel.

Upon its return home, and with the Stennis’ move to the West Coast, USS San Jacinto was reassigned to the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Battle Group. In its available inter-deployment time, the cruiser went to New York City for Fleet Week ’99.

November 28, 2000 USS San Jacinto deployed for six-month to the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. Prior to that deployment, the cruiser took part in Joint Task Force exercise 01-1 and NATO exercise Unified Spirit 2000. As the Air Warfare Commander and only AEGIS cruiser in the USS Harry S. Truman Battle Group, she used its SPY-1 Radar and command and control communications suite to help maintain regional stability through the enforcement of the Iraqi Southern ‘No-Fly’ zone and the conduct of Maritime Interception Operations in the northern Arabian Gulf. The San Jacinto returned to Naval Station Norfolk May 23, 2001.

December 5, 2002 USS San Jacinto departed Norfolk, with the USS Harry S. Truman Battle Group, for a six-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The entire battle group has prepared for this deployment over the last eight months through a series of increasingly demanding exercises and operations, culminating in the recently completed Joint Task Force Exercise 03-1, which certified them as ready to deploy.

March 21, 2003 Thirty U.S. Navy and coalition warships, including CG 56, currently assigned to Naval Forces Central Command launched Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) during military operations to disarm Iraq.

May 23, USS San Jacinto returned to homeport after a nearly six-month deployment in support of operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

June 7, 2004 USS San Jacinto is currently moored in the Polish harbor of Gydnia, to participate in 32nd annual maritime exercise Baltic Operations 2004 through June 19. In addition to the United States, other participants include Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden.

September 1, 2005 USS San Jacinto departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Carrier Strike Group, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

November 18, Royal Navy Commodore Bruce Williams assumed command of Combined Task Force 58, the multinational coalition forces responsible for conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the Arabian Gulf. U.S. Navy Capt. Hank Miranda had led the MSO effort in the Gulf for the previous three months as the commander of Task Group 58.1. USS San Jacinto will serve as Williams’ flagship, marking the first time a Royal Navy Commodore has flown his flag over a U.S. Navy warship since the end of World War I.

March 11, 2006 USS San Jacinto returned to homeport after a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf.

May 1, The guided-missile cruiser pulled to Port Everglades, Fla., in support of South Florida’s Fleet Week USA. Nearly 3,000 Sailors are participating in this year’s fleet week.

April 3, 2007 CG 56 is currently in the Atlantic Ocean conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) with the USS Harry S. Truman CSG.

April 30, USS San Jacinto pulled into Port Everglades, Florida, for Fleet Week South 2007.

May 23, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into New York City to participate in Navy Fleet Week.

November 5, USS San Jacinto departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Hary S. Truman CSG, in support of the maritime security operations and the global war on terrorism.

November 16, The rigid hull inflatable boat from USS San Jacinto provided assistance with food and water to five stranded people in the western Mediterranean.

January 9, 2008 CG 56 recently arrived in Naples, Italy, for a scheduled port call. The San Jacinto also recently visted Dakar, Senegal, where the ship's engineering team assisted in repairs to the Senegal Navy's patrol craft Matelot Ourmar Ndoye.

January 28, The San Jacinto pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, for a brief port visit.

February 20, USS San Jacinto, commanded by Capt. Matthew M. Sharpe, arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a scheduled port call.

February 28, The guided-missile cruiser recently arrived in Varna, Bulgaria, for a port visit.

March 8, CG 56 pulled into Istanbul, Turkey, for a scheduled port call.

March 14, The ship pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port visit.

June 4, USS San Jacinto returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-month deployment.

January 21, 2010 USS San Jacinto, commanded by Capt. John P. Cordle, departed homeport for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

May 12, The guided-missile destroyer is currently conducting anti-piracy operations, in the Gulf of Aden, as part of Combined Task Force 151.

May 26, CG 56 rescued five Yemeni mariners, from 13 suspected pirates that were on board the dow "Al Jawat", 68 miles southeast of Ras Fartak, Yemen.

May 31, USS San Jacinto disrupted nine Somali pirates from attacking a Maltese-flagged motor vessel "Avenue Beauty" off the coast of Somalia.

June 14, The San Jacinto departed Victoria, Seychelles, after a goodwill port visit.

July 18, The guided-missile cruiser transited Suez Canal, along with ships from the Nassau (LHA 4) ARG, and entered the Mediterranean Sea.

July 28, CG 56 pulled into Alicante, Spain, for a five-day port call.

August 11, USS San Jacinto returned to Norfolk after a nearly seven-month deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR). The ship also visited Haifa, Israel; Souda Bay, Crete; Agaba, Jordan; Bahrain; Fujairah, U.A.E.; and Larnaca, Cyprus.

October 13, The San Jacinto is currently in dry-dock at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair for a modernization availability period as part of the Navy's Cruiser Modernization program.

August 31, 2011 USS San Jacinto returned to Naval Station Norfolk after departing Aug. 25 to avoid the Hurricane Irene.

April 25, 2012 CG 56 pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a five-day port visit to participate in the 22nd Broward Navy Days' Fleet Week.

May 23, USS San Jacinto moored at Homeport Pier in Staten Island to participate in the 25th Fleet Week New York, from May 23-30, that will commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner.

August 13, The San Jacinto arrived at Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a scheduled port visit to conduct school ship training with the Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS).

October 7, The guided-missile cruiser is currently underway for Group Sail operations as part of the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group.

October 13, USS San Jacinto collided with USS Montpelier (SSN 765), at approximately 3:30 p.m. EST, off the coast of Florida. The bridge watch aboard the San Jacinto saw the submarine rise to periscope depth about 100 to 200 yards ahead and ordered an "all back," but still collided with the Montpelier. No personnel aboard either vessel were injured.

October 14, The San Jacinto arrived in Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for damage assessment.

November 1, USS San Jacinto entered the dry-dock at the BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards in Mayport for emergent repairs to sonar dome and peripheral hull and equipment damaged during the collision.

May 31, 2013 CG 56 departed Norfolk for a final Sustainment Exercise (SUSTAINEX) as part of the Harry S. Truman CSG.

July 22, USS San Jacinto departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment.

July 31, The San Jacinto, along with USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), entered the Mediterranean Sea after transiting Strait of Gibraltar.

August 8, USS San Jacinto recently moored at Timber Terminal in Trieste, Italy, for a brief port call.

August 10, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Split, Croatia, for a four-day port visit. Transited Suez Canal on Aug. 18.

September 23, USS San Jacinto departed Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, after a port visit to Dubai.

October 12, The San Jacinto is currently underway in the Red Sea, conducting escort operations for the USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

November 16, USS San Jacinto rescued two mariners from a fishing vessel in distress, that had been adrift for two days in the Red Sea, at approximately 1 p.m. local time; Entered the Arabian Gulf in late November.

December 12, CG 56 departed Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, after a week-long liberty port visit to Manama; Inport Jebel Ali, U.A.E., again from Dec. 30- Jan. 2.

January 4, 2014 USS San Jacinto is currently participating in a combined operations with the French navy’s Task Force 473. Inport KBSP, Bahrain, from Feb. 25- March 2.

March 16, The guided-missile cruiser moored at Port of Mina Zayed in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., for a scheduled port visit. Transited Suez Canal northbound on March 28.

April 3, The San Jacinto moored at Dique Del Oeste Pier in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a four-day port visit.

April 18, USS San Jacinto returned to Norfolk after a nine-month deployment in the 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.