USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN
CG 57
  
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The Lake Champlain (CG 57) is the 11th Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser and the third U.S. Navy ship to honor that name. Her keel was laid down on March 3, 1986, at the Litton - Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., and she was launched on April 3, 1987.

April 25, The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Lake Champlain was christened during a ceremony at Ingalls shipyard. Mrs. Pyatt, the wife of Honorable Everett Pyatt, Assistant SECNAV for Shipbuilding and Logistics, served as sponsor of the ship. Capt. Ralph K. Martin is the prospective commanding officer.

February 1, 1988 PCU Lake Champlain underway for the first time to conduct Builder's (Alpha "A") sea trials. Underway for Bravo trials from Feb. 22-24; Underway for acceptance "C" trials with the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) on March 7; Delivered to the U.S. Navy on June 1; Departed Pascagoula for the last time on July 23; Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., from July 27-28; Inport Naval Station Newport, R.I., from July 30- Aug. 8.

August 12, USS Lake Champlain was commissioned during a ceremony at Manhattan's Pier 88 in New York City, N.Y.

August 20, The guided-missile cruise anchored off St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, for a three-day visit. Port call to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from Sept. 3-6; Lost Hurricane Bulwark while transiting around Cape Horn on Sept. 14.

September 23, The Lake Champlain arrived in Lima, Peru, for a two-day port visit. Anchored off Acapulco, Mexico, from Oct. 1-4.

October 8, USS Lake Champlain arrived in its homeport of Naval Station San Diego, Calif., after a 54-day transit from New York.

October 26, CG 57 departed San Diego for a Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) in the Hawaiian OPAREA. Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach, Calif., from Oct. 27-28; Arrived in Pearl Harbor on Nov. 4 and commenced magnetic deperming.

November 22, USS Lake Champlain anchored off the coast of Lahaina, Maui, for a three-day port visit. Inport Pearl Harbor again from Nov. 30- Dec. 2; Returned home on Dec. 8; Underway for Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS) qualifications off San Clemente Island from Dec. 14-16; Ammo offload at Seal Beach from Jan. 6-7.

January 16, 1989 USS Lake Champlain commenced a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Entered the dry-dock at NASSCO shipyard in San Diego on Feb. 18; Moved to Pier 4 on March 13; Underway for sea trials from May 2-4; Underway for Cruise Missile Tactical Qualification Trials (CMTQT) from May 15-17; Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from May 18-20; Underway for READIEX from June 6-17.

June 16, The Lake Champlain conducted its first Tomahawk anti-ship missile Operational Test Launch (OTL) at the Pacific Missile Test Center range.

June 23, The guided-missile cruiser moored at Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego for a three-day visit. Underway for Refresher Training (REFTRA) in the SOCAL Op. Area from June 26-30, July 3-7 and July 10-14; Underway for Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) Preps. on July 19; Underway for OPPE from July 25-27.

August 1, USS Lake Champlain arrived in Seattle, Wash., for a six-day port visit to participate in Seafair festivities. Returned to Pier 8 on Aug. 11; Ammo onload at Seal Beach on Aug. 15; Underway for final contract trials and Dependent's Day Cruise on Sept. 12.

September 15, USS Lake Champlain departed Naval Station San Diego for its maiden deployment. Commenced participation in a six-week PACEX '89 as part of Battle Group "Romeo".

October 27, CG 57 pulled into Busan, Republic of Korea, for a three-day port call after participating in exericse Valiant Blitz. Inport Subic Bay, Philippines, from Nov. 3-9.

November 11, The Lake Champlain arrived in Hong Kong for a four-day port visit. Port call to Singapore from Nov. 20-24.

December 9, USS Lake Champlain arrived in Muscat, Oman, for a two-day port visit. Inport Singapore again from Dec. 23-28.

December 31, The Lake Champlain anchored off Pattaya, Thailand, for a six-day visit.

January 7, 1990 An SH-60 Seahawk, assigned to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 45 Det. 1, crashed at sea around 1830 local, approx. 80 n.m. of the coast of Vietnam, after expiriencing catastrofic tail rotor failure during deck landing qualifications. The three crewman were rescued by ship's motor whaleboat.

From Jan. 8-12, the guided-missile cruiser was anchored near crash site waiting for USNS Sioux (T-ATF 170) and USS Tuscaloosa (LSD 1187) to arrive and begin salvage operations; The hulk of "Lonewolf" 47 was recoved on Jan. 19.

January 14, USS Lake Champlain arrived in Naval Station Subic Bay for an eight-day upkeep. En route to Saebo, Japan, on Jan. 24 as part of Task Group 75.1.

January 25, The Lake Champlain, along with USS Stein (FF 1065), USS Lockwood (FF 1064) and USNS Navasota (T-AO 106), responded to distress call from the Chinese merchant vessel Huazhu, 40 miles north of the Philippine island of Luzon. 14 Chinese seamen were rescued and brought aboard the Champ, along with five bodies, after their ship sank in heavy seas.

January 26, CG 57 moored at Alava Pier in Subic Bay, Philippines, for a two-day port call. Inport Naval Base Sasebo from Jan. 29- Feb. 5; Participated in ASWEX 90-1 from Feb. 6-9; Port call to Yokosuka, Japan, from Feb. 12-18; Brief stop in Pearl Harbor from Feb. 26-27.

March 6, USS Lake Champlain returned to San Diego after a nearly six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

From April 16-18, the Lake Champlain was underway for local operations. Ammo ofload at Pier Bravo, NAS North Island, on May 17; Moored at Carrier Pier for Armed Forces Day from May 17-21.

May 30, USS Lake Champlain anchored off Acapulco, Mexico, for a four-day port visit. Conducted Law Enforcement operations from June 6-13; Retured home on June 15 after a three-week underway.

June 23, Capt. Edward K. Kristensen relieved Capt. Ralph K. Martin as CO of CG 57 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

June 26, The Lake Champlain became the U.S. Navy first ship to launch Stand-Off Land Attack Missile (SLAM) at the PMTC range.

July 20, USS Lake Champlain pulled into Port Hueneme, Calif., for a three-day port visit to participate in Seafair celebration. Returned to San Diego on July 27 after conducting MISSILEX and TORPEX; Moored at Pier J on Naval Air Station North Island from July 27-31 for Soviet ships port visit; Underway for NGFS and ammo offload from Aug. 6-8.

August 10, The Lake Champlain moored at Pier 30 in San Francisco, Calif., for a week-long AEGIS Team Training. Ammo offloaf at NWS Seal Beach from Aug. 20-21; Underway for F-14D "Super Tomcat" evaluation from Sept. 4-7.

September 17, The guided-missile cruiser entered the Southwest Marine Shipyard in San Diego for a seven-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials from Nov. 7-8.

November 21, Rear Adm. Phillip R. Olson relieved Rear Adm. J. Paul Reason as Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group (CDG) 1, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at San Diego Naval Station's Pier 2. Ammo onload at Seal Beach from Nov. 28-29; Underway for FIREX II from Dec. 3-7; Underway for routine training from Dec. 10-14; Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from Dec. 19-21.

From January 9-11, 1991, USS Lake Champlain was underway for routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area. Underway again from Jan. 15-18; Underway for Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) from Jan. 23-24; Underway for REFTRA from Feb. 11-15, Feb. 19-22 and March 18-22.

From March 24 through April 12, CG 57 was underway for a Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and READIEX 91-2A. Underway for READIEX 91-2B from April 29- May 5; Underway for Battle Group evaluation from May 6-8; Underway for Dependent's Day Cruise on May 24.

May 28, USS Lake Champlain departed homeport for a scheduled Middle East deployment, as part of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) BG, in support of Operation Desert Storm.

June 17, The Lake Champlain moored outboard USS Long Brach (CGN 9) in Subic Bay, Philippines, for a brief stop to embark 300 evacuees in support of Operation Fiery Vigil after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. Anchored off Cebu on June 18 for disembark; Moored again to Alava Pier on June 19 to embark second group; Moored Rivera Pier in Subic Bay on June 21 for the third tour; In total, the ship evacuated 844 personal covering 2,500 miles in five days.

June 30, USS Lake Champlain arrived in Singapore for a five-day port visit. Entered the Arabian Gulf on July 14; Anchored at Bahrain Bell-Sitrah anchorage from Aug. 1-3.

August 12, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Dubai, U.A.E., for a five-day port call to get tender support services from USS Samuel Gompers (AD 37). Anchored at Al Hamra range from Aug. 18-19 for NGFS; Port call to Jebel Ali, U.A.E., from Sept. 9-12; Inport Dubai again from Sept. 15-21.

From Sept. 23-26, the Lake Champlain participated in a multi-national exercise GULFEX V.

October 5, USS Lake Champlain moored again in Mina Rashid Harbour for a week-long visit to Dubai after participating in exercise Beacon Flash, in the Gulf of Oman, from Sept. 28- Oct. 3.

October 25, CG 57 pulled into Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a five-day port call.

November 1, The Lake Champlain moored at HMS Tamar Pier in Hong Kong for a five-day port visit. Participated in ANNUALEX '91 from Nov. 10-13; Inport Pearl Harbor from Nov. 19-20.

November 27, USS Lake Champlain returned to Naval Station San Diego after a six-month deployment.

From January 6-10, 1992, the Lake Champlain was underway for routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area. Underway for All Comers at Sea Training (ASAT) from Jan. 27-31; Underway for routine training and OTL on Feb. 18.

February 21, USS Lake Champlain launched Tomahawk Land Attack Missile-Conventional (TLAM-C) Block III at the PMTC range off San Nicholas Island.

March 6, The guided-missile cruiser departed San Diego in support of Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) special projects, off the coast of Oregon, Washington and Nanoose test range off British Columbia. Anchored at Nanoose Bay from March 19-20 for a short liberty to Nanaimo, B.C.

March 20, USS Lake Champlain moored at Canada Place cruise ship terminal in Vancouver for a five-day port visit. Ammo offload at Naval Magazine Indian Island, Wash., from March 25-27; Port visit to Seattle, Wash., from March 27- April 1; Port call to San Francisco, Calif., from April 4-6; Returned home on April 7.

April 10, Capt. John J. Felloney, Jr., relieved Capt. Edward K. Kristensen as CO of the Lake Champlain during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

From April 20-24, CG 57 was underway in support of CNO project 255, the Mark 50 torpedo testing.

May 13, USS Lake champlain entered the NASSCO shipyard for a three-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). In dry-dock from May 18- July 14; Underway for sea trials from Aug. 10-11; Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from Aug. 24-26; Underway for routine training from Aug. 26-28 and Aug. 31- Sept. 4; Underway for CART II from Sept. 24-25; Underway for a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) from Sept. 28- Oct. 2, Oct. 5-9 and 13-16th; Underway for Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) from Oct. 19-20; Underway for FLEETEX 93-1A from Oct. 26- Nov. 10; Underway for OPPE from Nov. 19-20; Underway for FLEETEX 93-1B/C from Dec. 7-18.

January 25, 1993 The Lake Champlain departed homeport for a Dependent's Day Cruise.

February 1, USS Lake Champlain departed Naval Station San Diego for a scheduled deployment, as part of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Battle Group. Inport Pearl Harbor from Feb. 6-10.

February 26, The Lake Champlain pulled into Hong Kong for a four-day port visit.

March 6, The guided-missile cruise moored at Sembawang shipyard's Pier 8 for a five-day port call to Singapore. Entered the Arabian Gulf on March 22.

April 10, USS Lake Champlain pulled into Mina Rashid Harbor in Dubai, U.A.E., for a 10-day upkeep. Port visit to Abu Dhabi from May 1-5.

May 6, CG 57 moored outboard USS Cape Cod (AD 43) at Bahrain Bell-Sitrah Anchorage for a five-day availability. Another visit to Dubai from May 28- June 5; Departed Arabian Gulf on June 18.

July 1, The Lake Champlain anchored two miles off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, for a five-day visit. Port call to Apra Harbor, Guam, from July 12-13.

July 20, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a three-day port call to embark friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.

July 30, USS Lake Champlain returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

From August 31 throught Sept. 3, the Lake Champlain was underway for local operations. Underway again from Sept. 7-9; Underway for INSURV Preps. from Sept. 27-30; Underway for INSURV assessment on Oct. 5; Underway for NGFS spotter services from Oct. 26-29.

From Nov. 8 through Dec. 10, USS Lake Champlain was underway for counter-drug Operation Tidal Wave in the eastern Pacific. Seized over 7 tons of cocaine on Nov. 20 after intercepting Mexican vessel Oso IV.

December 10, Capt. Dennis J. Van Buskirk relieved Capt. John J. Felloney, Jr., as CO of CG 57 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at sea.

From January 10-14, 1994, the Lake Champlain was underway for routine training off the coast of southern California. Ammo offload at NWS Seal Beach from Jan. 19-20; Underway for NGFS spotter services from Jan. 24-28; Commenced Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard's Pier 4; Underway for sea trials from April 6-7; Underway again from April 28-29; Ammo onload at Seal Beach from May 10-11; Underway for Group Sail operations with the USS Constellation (CV 64) BG from May 11-16.

May 20, USS Lake Champlain moored at Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego for a three-day visit to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

From May 31- June 3, the guided-missile cruiser was underway for TSTA I. Underway again from June 6-10 and 13-17th; Underway for Dependent's Day Cruise on July 9; Underway for TSTA II from July 13-15; Underway for "Leaders to Sea" program from July 18-22; Port call to Vancouver, B.C., from July 27- Aug. 2; Inport Naval Magazine Indian Island from Aug. 2-3.

August 3, CG 57 arrived in Seattle, Wash., for a five-day port visit to participate in Seafair celebrations. Returned home on Aug. 12; Underway for TSTA II from Sept. 6-9 and 12-16th; Underway for OPPE from Sept. 29-30; Underway for FEP Preps. from Oct. 11-14; Underway for FEP from Oct. 17-21.

From Oct. 25- Nov. 4, the Lake Champlain was underway for a COMPTUEX 95-1A as part of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Battle Group. Underway for "Leaders to Sea" program and ammo onload from Dec. 4-9; Underway for MEFEX/COMPTUEX 95-2 from Dec. 12-19.

January 26, 1995 USS Lake Champlain departed Naval Station San Diego for a scheduled independent deployment. Inport Pearl Harbor from Feb. 1-4.

February 16, The Lake Champlain moored at HMS Tamar Pier in Hong Kong for a five-day port visit. Port call to Singapore from Feb. 25- March 2; Entered the Arabian Gulf on March 10; Anchored at Bahrain Bell for inchop brief with NAVCENT on March 11; Assumed duties as Anti-Air Warfare Commander from USS Chosin (CG 65) in the NAG.

March 14, The guided-missile cruise pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day upkeep with USS Samuel Gompers. Port visit to Dubai, U.A.E., from April 8-19; Participated in exercise Nemean Lion 95-1 from April 24-26; Inport Dubai again from May 14-17 and June 9-14.

During the 82 days underway in the Arabian Gulf, the Lake Champlain provided escort duties for USS Constellation, USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Abraham Lincoln Battle Groups and also conducted Maritime Interception Operations (MIO).

June 23, CG 57 anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a four-day visit. Anchored at Man-O'-War Anchorage, Singapore, for a brief stop on June 28.

July 2, USS Lake Champlain anchored off Cebu, Philippines, for a three-day port visit. Port call to Apra Harbor, Guam, from July 8-9; Ammo offload at Naval Magazine Lualualei from July 17-18; Departed Pearl Harbor on July 20.

July 26, USS Lake Champlain returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

From Aug. 29- Sept. 1, the guided-missile cruiser was underway for NGFS spotter services and "Leaders to Sea" program. Ammo offload at Seal Beach from Sept. 21-22.

September 25, The Lake Champlain departed San Diego for OTL-166 and USS Nimitz Battle Group's JTFEX as part of oposition forces.

September 26, USS Lake Champlain conducted Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) Operational Test Launch (OTL) at the Pacific Missile Test Center range. Returned home on Oct. 2.

October 7, The Lake Champlain moored outboard USS Valley Forge (CG 50) at Pier 35 in San Francisco, Calif., for a three-day port visit to participate in annual Fleet Week celebration.

October 12, CG 57 moored in CFB Esquimalt, B.C., for a four-day port call before participating in a multi-national exercise Marcot '95. Inport Esquimalt again from Oct. 27-31; Returned to homeport on Nov. 3.

November 22, Capt. Frank J. Dobrydney relieved Capt. Dennis J. Van Buskirk as commanding officer of the Lake Champlain.

From Dec. 11-15, the guided-missile cruiser was underway for routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area. Underway for NGFS spotter services from Jan. 16-19, 1996; Underway for local operations on Jan. 22; Port visit to Mazatlan, Mexico, from Jan. 29- Feb. 2; Returned to San Diego on Feb. 12; Underway for "Leaders to Sea" from Feb. 26- March 1; Underway for Dependent's Day Cruise on March 4; Ammo offload at NWS Seal Beach from March 13-14.

March 22, USS Lake Champlain moved "dead-stick" to Bert 4 at NASSCO shipyard for an eight-month Regular Overhaul (ROH). In dry-dock from April 12- July 17; Underway for sea trials from Nov. 18-20.

From January 21-24, 1997, the Lake Champlain was underway for TSTA I and "Leaders to Sea" program. Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from Jan. 27-29; Underway for deck landing qualifications from Jan. 29-31.

February 7, CG 57 departed Naval Station San Diego for Post Repair Test and Trials (PRT&T) MISSILEX in the Barking Sands Missile Test range off Hawaii. Inport Pearl Harbor from Feb. 13-18 and 22-24th; Returned home on March 6; Underway for TSTA II from March 25-28 and March 31- April 3; Underway for ECERT from April 14-15; Underay for TSTA III from April 21-25; Underway for FEP/CMTQ from May 6-8; Underway for COMPTUEX 97-2B from May 13-19; Underway for ECERT on May 22; Underway for Combat Systems Readinss Review (CSRR) on June 4; Underway for Underway Material Inspection (UMI) on June 9; Underway for FLEETEX 97-2 from June 24- July 3; Underway for JTFEX from July 14-25; Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from July 28-30; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Aug. 1.

September 5, USS Lake Champlain departed San Diego for a scheduled Middle East deployment as part of the Nimitz Battle Group.

September 21, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, for a two-day port call.

September 28, The Lake Champlain arrived in Hong Kong for a four-day port visit. Entered the Arabian Gulf on Oct. 12; Anchored at Bahrain Bell-Sitrah from Oct. 12-14; Port visits to Dubai, U.A.E., from Nov. 3-8 and Dec. 3-8.

December 24, USS Lake Champlain pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a five-day port call. Departed Arabian Gulf on Jan. 10.

January 25, 1998 CG 57 pulled into Fremantle, Australia, for a five-day visit to Perth.

February 5, The Lake Champlain moored at Australian Fleet Naval Headquarters in Sydney for a five-day port visit. Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from Feb. 21-22.

February 28, USS Lake Champlain returned to homeport after a nearly six-month deployment. Capt. Paul T. Serfass, Jr., relieved Capt. Frank J. Dobrydney as CO of the ship.

From April 6-9, the guided-missile destroyer was underway for "Leaders to Sea" program. Ammo offload at Seal Beach from April 9-10; Underway again on April 13.

April 17, USS Lake Champlain anchored off Mazatlan, Mexicio, for a four-day port visit. Returned home on April 24; Ammo offload at NWS Seal Beach from April 27-30.

May 13, The Lake Champlain entered the Continental Maritime of San Diego Shipyard for a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials from July 16-17; Ammo onload at Seal Beach from July 28-30; Underway for TSTA I from Sept. 22-25, Sept. 29- Oct. 2 and Oct. 6-9; Underway for local operations from Oct. 14-16; Underway for TSTA II from Nov. 9-10, Nov. 12-13, Nov. 17-20 and Nov. 30- Dec. 4; Underway for ECERT Preps. from Dec. 7-9; Underway for ECERT from Dec. 14-15.

From February 2-5, 1999, CG 57 was underway for routine traininig in the SOCAL Op. Area. Underway again from Feb. 17-19, Feb. 23-25 and March 1-5.

March 5, USS Lake Champlain moored at Pier 30/32 in San Francisco for a three-day port visit. Returned home on March 11.

March 19, The Lake Champlain departed Naval Station San Diego for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. Underway for Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) spotter services and "Leaders to Sea" from March 29- April 2; Underway for planeguard duties and routine training from April 26- May 1; Underway for USS Constellation Battle Group's COMPTUEX as part of oposition forces from May 10-14; Underway for Navy's Career Orientation Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) program on May 17; Port call to Juneau, Alaska, from May 24-28.

May 31, USS Lake Champlain moored at Cruise Ship Terminal in Victoria, B.C., Canada, for a four-day port visit. Returned to San Diego on June 9; Underway for sea trials from July 28-29; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on July 30.

From August 6-26, the guided-missile cruiser was underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) 99-2. Underway for All Comers at Sea Training (ASAT) from Oct. 18-22; Underway for Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX) 00-1 from Oct. 29- Nov. 8; Contucted Tomahawk OTL on Oct. 31; Underway for JTFEX from Nov. 12-22; Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from Nov. 29- Dec. 1;

January 7, 2000 USS Lake Champlain departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment, as part of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Battle Group, in support of Operation Southern Watch and Maritime Interception Operations (MIO). Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., from Jan. 7-8.

January 28, The Lake Champlain arrived in Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a three-day port call.

February 4, Capt. Victor G. Guillory relieved Capt. Frank J. Dobrydney as CO of CG 57 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship at sea.

February 8, USS Lake Champlain anchored in Victoria Harbour for a four-day port visit to Hong Kong. Anchored off Phuket, Thailand, from Feb. 17-21.

March 1, The guided-missile cruiser moored at Mina Salman Pier in Manama, Bahrain, for a week-long port call before participating in a multi-national ASW exercise Neon Falcon. Inport Manama again from March 11-14.

March 30, The Lake Champlain pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a five-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of exercise Arabian Gauntlet 2000. Inport Manama from April 11-13.

May 1, USS Lake Champlain arrived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for a five-day port visit. Inport Manama, Bahrain, for emergent repairs from May 7-11; Departed Arabian Gulf on May 23.

June 8, CG 57 arrived in Townsville, Australia, for a four-day port call. Port visit to Mackay, Australia, from June 13-18; Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from June 27-28 to offload Tomahawk missiles and to embark "Tigers."

July 3, USS Lake Champlain returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

August 7, The Lake Champlain moored at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach for a three-day ammunition offload.

September 6, The guided-missile cruiser moored at Pier 3 in Southwest Marine Shipyard, San Diego, for a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials from Nov. 8-9; Ammo onload at Seal Beach from Nov. 13-16; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Nov. 18.

From January 16-20, 2001, USS Lake Champlain was underway for routine training off the coast of southern California. Underway for CART II from Jan. 23-26.

February 23, The Lake Champlain anchored off the coast of Mazatlan, Mexico, for a three-day port visit. Returned home on March 2; Underway for Engineering UD from March 7-8; Underway for TSTA B from March 20-23; Underway for amphibious exercise Kernel Blitz from March 26- April 6; Underway for Final Evaluation Problem Preps. from April 23-27; Underay for "Leaders to Sea" program from June 18-25; Underway for NSFS off San Clemente from July 17-19 and 23-24th.

July 31, CG 57 pulled into Naval Station Everett, Wash., for an overnight stop before participating in Seattle's Seafair celebration from Aug. 1-6. Returned to San Diego on Aug. 23 after participating in COMPTUEX; Underway in support of Operation Noble Eagle from Sept. 12-20; Underway for INSURV Rehersal from Sept. 27-28; Underway for INSURV assessment on Oct. 2; Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from Oct. 12-14.

October 18, Capt. Robert S. Wells relieved Capt. Victor G. Guillory as CO of the Lake Champlain.

From Oct. 30 through Nov. 8, the guided-missile cruiser was underway for a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) with the USS John C. Stennis BG.

November 12, USS Lake Champlain departed Naval Station San Diego for a scheduled deployment in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch.

November 30, The Lake Champlain arrived in Hong Kong for a four-day port visit.

December 7, USS Lake Champlain moored outboard USS Port Royal (CG 73) at Changi Naval Base for a three-day visit to Singapore. Assumed duties as CAG Commander in the North Arabian Sea on Dec. 15; Operated in the Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz through Jan. 16.

January 19, 2002 CG 57 pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a three-day port call. Inport Mina Salman again from Feb. 28- March 3 and March 17-20; Participated in exericse Arabian Shark, int he North Arabian Sea, from March 25-28; Fourth and last visit to Bahrain from April 24-28.

While underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR, USS Lake Champlain conducted 135 Visit Board Search and Seizure boardings, 200 Gulf Sentry missions and 500 hours of flight operations with coalition forces from all over the world.

May 2, The Lake Champlain arrived in Mumbai, India, for a three-day port visit. Anchored off Phuket, Thailand, from May 10-15; Port call to Apra Harbor, Guam, from May 22-26; Inport Pearl Harbor from June 1-3.

June 8, USS Lake Champlain returned to San Diego after a seven-month Middle East deployment.

From July 15-19, the Ticonderoga-class cruiser was underway for ammo ofload at NWS Seal Beach. Underway for USS Constellation Battle Group's COMPTUEX as part of oposition forces from July 19-23.

August 9, USS Lake Champlain arrived in San Francisco, Calif., for a two-day port visit. Anchored off Monterey, Calif., in support of the Naval Post Graduate School from Aug. 13-15.

September 18, The Lake Champlain entered the Southwest Marine Shipyard for a two-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). In dry-dock from Sept. 19- Nov. Oct. 23; Underway for sea trials on Nov. 22; Inport Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif., for technical repairs and testing at the Naval Surface Warfare Center from Dec. 3-6.

From January 13-17, 2003, CG 57 was underway for Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART) II. Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from Jan. 22-24; Underway for TSTA I from Feb. 18-21, Feb. 25-28, March 3-7, March 25-28, April 2-4, April 15-18 and April 28- May 2; Underway for TSTA II from May 12-16; Underway for FEP from May 22-23.

May 31, The Lake Champlain departed Naval Station San Diego to participate in the annual Portland Rose Festival, from June 5-9. Inport Astoria, Portland, from June 4-5; Returned home on June 14.

June 20, Capt. James F. McCarthy, Jr., relieved Capt. Robert S. Wells as CO of the USS Lake Champlain during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

From July 7-11, the Lake Champlain was underway for local operations. Underway for routine training from July 21-24; Inport Port Hueneme from July 29-31; Participated in USS Peleliu (LHA 5) ESG's JTFEX as part of oposition forces from July 31- Aug. 4; Returned home on Aug. 8; Underway for local operations on Sept. 8.

September 12, USS Lake Champlain anchored off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for a three-day port visit.

From Oct. 29 through Nov. 21, the Lake Champlain was underway for COMPTUEX as part of the Stennis Carrier Strike Group.

May 24, 2004 USS Lake Champlain departed San Diego, with the USS John C. Stennis CSG, to conduct operations in the Pacific Ocean for joint and combined operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

June 3, The guided-missile cruiser departed Homer, Alaska, after a three-day a port call. The CSG will continue to Hawaii for the biennial exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2004.

September 28, CG 57 pulled into Fremantle, Australia, for a scheduled visit to Perth.

November 1, USS Lake Champlain returned to Naval Station San Diego after more than a five-month underway period.

May 13, 2005 Capt. Donald P. Roane, Jr., relieved Capt. James F. McCarthy, Jr., as the 10th commanding officer of Lake Champlain.

January 4, 2006 USS Lake Champlain departed homeport, with the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Group, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

February 8, The guided-missile cruiser recently arrived in Changi Naval Base, Singapore, for a scheduled port call.

April 3, USS Lake Champlain assumed a major role in Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the North Arabian Gulf (NAG), by joining Combined Task Force (CTF) 58. In addition to MSO, CTF 58 also plays a key role in protecting both the Al Basrah Oil Terminal (ABOT) and the Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal (KAAOT).

June 2, The Lake Champlain anchored off Phuket, Thailand, for a three-day port visit.

June 20, CG 57 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, USS Kitty Hawk, and USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Groups, as well as the Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.

July 6, USS Lake Champlain returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

August 4, Capt. Sean E. O'Connor relieved Capt. Donald P. Roane, Jr., as CO of the Lake Champlain.

November 9, CG 57 is currently off the coast of southern California, as part of USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, participating in large-scale joint operations with the USS John C. Stennis Strike Group. JCSCSG is conducting Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) in preparation for the upcoming deployment.

January 27, 2007 USS Lake Champlain departed San Diego for a surge western Pacific deployment with the USS Ronald Reagan CSG.

February 24, USS Lake Champlain arrived in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a routine port call.

March 7, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit.

March 22, CG 57 arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, for participation in exercise Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration/Foal Eagle 2007.

April 20, USS Lake Champlain returned to Naval Base San Diego after a nearly three-month underway period.

June 13, Approximately 20 leaders from San Diego's business community embarked aboard the Lake Champlain as part of the Navy's "Leaders to Sea" program from June 5-7.

November 10, Five National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) workers and one employee of Cornwall, a local NASSCO subcontractor, were involved in a flash fire aboard the Lake Champlain. One NASSCO worker was slightly injured and was treated at the scene; the Cornwall employee was transferred to the UCSD Regional Burn Treatment Center. No U.S. Navy personnel were injured. Initial reports indicate that the flash fire occurred during routine day shift work involving welding and cutting operations with oxy-gas (a working mixture of oxygen and natural gas) equipment. The guided-missile cruiser entered the BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair facility in September for a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

June 5, 2008 USS Lake Champlain pulled into Portland, Ore., to celebrate the 101st annual Portland Rose Festival.

August 5, Capt. Kevin P. Campbell relieved Capt. Sean E. O'Connor as commanding officer of CG 57.

January 9, 2009 USS Lake Champlain departed homeport for a scheduled deployment, as part of the USS Boxer (LHD 4) Expeditionary Strike Group, in support of maritime security operations.

February 27, The guided-missile cruiser recently departed Male, Republic of Maldives, after a goodwill port visit.

March 6, The Lake Champlain arrived in Karachi, Pakistan, to participate in a multi-national exercise AMAN. The 10-day exercise focuses on air, surface and maritime security training and includes representatives from 38 countries as well as ships from 11 nations to include the United States, United Kingdom, Pakistan and Australia.

July 2, CG 57 recently departed Changi Naval Base after a port visit to Singapore.

July 30, USS Lake Champlain returned to San Diego after a nearly seven-month Middle East deployment.

From Jan. 26-28, 2010, the guided-missile cruiser participated in a Sentry exercise off the coast of southern California.

October 6, USS Lake Champlain, commanded by Capt. Mark E. Johnson, departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

November 8, The Lake Champlain recently arrived in Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port visit. CG 57 entered the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean after transiting the Panama Canal on Oct. 21.

November 28, CG 57 recently pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a routine port call.

December 15, USS Lake Champlain departed Jebel Ali, U.A.E., after a port visit to Dubai.

March 7, 2011 The Lake Champlain arrived in Karachi to participate in multinational exercise Aman 2011, off the coast of Pakistan, from March 8-12.

March 14, USS Lake Champlain, currently assigned to Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, destroyed two pirate skiffs, at approximatel 9 p.m. local time, successfully disrupting the activities of a group suspected of planning acts of piracy.

May 6, USS Lake Champlain returned to San Diego after a seven-month deployment.

June 9, The Lake Champlain pulled into Portland, Ore., for the annual Rose Festival.

August 31, The guided-missile cruiser is currently undergoing a modernization availability period at the BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair facility.

July 12, 2012 Capt. Christopher K. Barnes relieved Capt. Mark E. Johnson as CO of CG 57.

August 31, USS Lake Champlain departed San Diego for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. Completed a three-week Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) on Sept. 7.

April 26, 2013 The Lake Champlain moored at Burrard Dry Dock Pier in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada, for a three-day port visit.

April 29, CG 57 pulled into Naval Station Everett, Wash., for a brief port call before participating in a biennial joint training exercise Trident Fury, from May 3-19.

From November 6-14, USS Lake Champlain was underway for Independent Deployer Certification (IDCERT) and Group Sail operations with the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) CSG.

January 25, 2014 The Lake Champlain departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a brief port call to participate in integrated maritime exercise Koa Kai 14-1.

April 2, The guided-missile cruiser returned to homeport after conducting deck landing qualifications in the SOCAL Op. Area.

April 23, Capt. Timothy S. Steadman relieved Capt. Christopher K. Barnes as the 15th commanding officer of Lake Champlain during a pierside ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.

May 14, USS Lake Champlain is currently underway in support of USS Makin Island (LHD 8) ARG's Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of opposition forces.

June 5, The Lake Champlain moored at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Ore., for a four-day port visit to participate in the annual Rose Festival. The ship previously moored this morning at the North Port Marine Terminal in Port of Kalama, Wash., for a brief stop to embark guests.

June 19, CG 57 recently departed Naval Base San Diego to participate in a multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014, in the Hawaiian Op. Area.

June 26, USS Lake Champlain arrived in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the in-port phase of RIMPAC; Underway for at-sea phase on July 8; Returned home on Aug. 10.

September 8, The Lake Champlain recently conducted a Tomahawk Block IV Land Attack Missile (TLAM) Operational Test Launch (OTL), from the Pacific Missile Range off the coast of Port Hueneme, Calif., that flew a series of pre-planned high altitude maneuvers demonstrating improved performance in this flight regime. The missile completed a pre-planned vertical dive impacting a target on San Nicolas Island.