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The Philippine Sea (CG 58) is the 12th Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser and her name commemorates the World War II Battle of the Philippine Sea, fought near the Marianas Islands in June 1944, in which U.S. Naval forces destroyed over 400 Japanese planes and three aircraft carriers. Her keel was laid down on May 8, 1986, at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine; and was launched on April 3, 1987.

USS Philippine Sea was commissioned March 3, 1989, and is homeported in Mayport, Florida. The ship's first deployment to the Mediterranean and Red Seas came in 1990 as part of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During Desert Storm, the ship fired ten Tomahawk cruise missiles and boarded many merchant vessels during coalition actions against Iraq. For its service, Philippine Sea received the Navy Unit Commendation, the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal. While deployed, the ship transited the Suez Canal six times and visited Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, returning home in the spring of 1991.

Later in 1991, the ship served as the flagship for a joint task force conducting counterdrug operations in the Caribbean, earning the Joint Meritorious Unit Award. In May 1992, USS Philippine Sea sailed again to the Mediterranean and Red Seas. While deployed, the ship made two Suez Canal transits and boarded thirty-nine vessels in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq, earning a second Southwest Asia Service Medal. Additionally, she supported United Nations operations off the coast of the former Yugoslavia. Port visits were made to Spain, France, Italy, Egypt and Israel The ship returned from deployment in November 1992 and received the James F. Chezek Award for the highest Naval Gunfire Support score in the Atlantic fleet in 1992.

The guided missile cruiser completed a dry-docking period in Boston during 1993, followed by pre-deployment workups as part of the Saratoga Battle Group. In January 1994, the ship sailed with the USS Saratoga Joint Task Group for its third Mediterranean deployment, returning again to the Yugoslavian coast in support of UN Operations in the Adriatic. While deployed, the ship participated in numerous exercises with NATO forces. Philippine Sea made port calls in Spain, Turkey, Greece and Italy, and returned from deployment at the end of June 1994. For this deployment, the ship was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

In July, August, November and December of 1994, the ship again conducted counterdrug operations in the Caribbean. The following year, CG 58 was chosen as the flagship for U.S. Baltic Operations '95 in Northern Europe from mid-May to mid-July. The ship then returned to homeport for a yard period to close 1995.

June 28, 1996 USS Philippine Sea deployed, with the USS Enterprise Battle Group, to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas supporting UN operations in the former Yugoslavia and conducting multi-national exercises with seven other countries as part of NATO's Partnership For Peace program. She returned home in December.

Along with Big E Battle Group, the Philippine Sea took part in a Sink Exercise (SINKEX) on August 9, 1998, near Puerto Rico, sinking a decommissioned cruiser, the former USS Richmond K. Turner (CG 20). The cruiser then deployed again with the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Battle Group for a period of six-months November 6, 1998.

March 24, 1999 USS Philippine Sea started supporting the NATO Operation Allied Force by launching Tomahawk cruise missiles against military targets in Yugoslavia. In May 1999, she returned home to Naval Station Mayport.

From March 9-11, 2001, USS Philippine Sea was on alert as part of Unified Warrior, a complex series of missile firing exercises off the coast of Puerto Rico. She was acting as air defense commander for the Enterprise Battle Group. The 18-ship exercise also included units from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada. The cruiser coordinated precision maneuvers during the exercise to ensure each firing ship was positioned for their missile events, while stationing other ships nearby to gather data that was to be used to analyze and improve NATO and U.S. missile systems and tactics.

USS Philippine Sea deployed April 25, 2001 as part of the CVN 65 Battle Group to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf, as part of a scheduled six-month underway period. During that deployment, the ship took part in the Joint Maritime Course, a Royal Navy exercise hosted annually by the United Kingdom whose purpose is to train navies to operate in a joint service environment, providing large scale integrated training in land, maritime and air theaters.

Following the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC., on September 11, 2001, USS Philippine Sea participated in Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2001 by launching Tomahawk cruise missiles against al Qaeda terrorist training camps and Taliban military installations in Afghanistan. She returned to homeport November 10, 2001.

September 2, 2003 USS Philippine Sea departed Mayport, Fla., to participate in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), with the USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, in the Atlantic Ocean.

October 2, Ships and aircraft of the Enterprise CSG, including USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), began a routine deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The strike group, which wrapped up a month-long Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) Sept. 30, completed a series of complex training events, naval surface fire support training and air-to-ground bombing in the Virginia Capes and Jacksonville, Fla., operating areas over the last several weeks.

December 20, The Mayport-based guided-missile cruiser detained two dhows and their 21 crew members and seized 95 pounds of heroin and 50-to-100 pounds of methamphetamines.

March 12, 2004 USS Philippine Sea, commanded by Capt. Stephen J. Johnson, and embarked Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron, Light (HSL) 44, Det. 3 returned to homeport of completing a five-month deployment with the USS Enterprise Carrier Strike group in the Persian Gulf. During the ship’s deployment, Philippine Sea served as the overall command ship for Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) in the Persian Gulf. The ship’s Visit, Board, Search and Seizure team conducted more than 120 MIO vessel boardings in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the global war on terrorism. Most notable was Philippine Sea’s simultaneous takedown of two dhows carrying more than two tons of illegal drugs with possible terrorist ties. In addition, Philippine Sea provided protection of the al Basra oil terminal, keeping more than $60 million of oil a day flowing into the Iraqi economy.

April 28, CG 58 pulled to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to participate in Fleet Week 2004.

May 25, 2005 USS Philippine Sea departed homeport for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Saipan (LHA 2) ESG, in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The deployment is the latest implementation of the Navy’s new operational construct, the Fleet Response Plan. FRP is about new ways of operating, training, manning, and maintaining the fleet that results in increased readiness and the ability to provide significant combat power when and where it’s needed.

June 8, The guided-missile cruiser pulled to Souda Bay, Crete, for a scheduled port visit.

September ?, Philippine Sea returned home after a four-month surge deployment in support of Maritime Inerdiction Operations in the Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean.

March 17, 2006 CG 58 arrived in Boston port for a four-day visit on St. Patrick's Day weekend.

June 6, USS Philippine Sea departed Naval Station Mayport with the USS Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group, for six months to conduct maritime security operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

July 4, USS Iwo Jima Expeditonary Strike Group transited the Suez Canal to relieve USS Peleliu on her duty in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. The ESG will conduct maritime security operations (MSO) throughout the region and support further tasking from the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).

September 15, The Philippine Sea is currently operating in the Persian Gulf in support of maritime security operations and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

November 8, LHD 7 ESG successfully transited the Suez Canal, concluding operations in the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AoO).

November 10, USS Philippine Sea pulled to Souda Bay, Crete, for a scheduled port call.

December 8, CG 58 returned to Mayport Naval Station after a scheduled six-month deployment.

September 29, 2007 USS Philippine Sea is currently participated in Expeditionary Strike Group Integration exercise (ESGINT), with the USS Nassau (LHA 4) ESG, in preparation for the upcoming deployment next year.

December 15, The guided-missile cruiser successfully completed a 17-day Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX).

January 17, 2008 Capt. Gary R. Parriott relieved Capt. Kim. A. Parker as the 13th commanding officer of Philippine Sea during a ceremony aboard the ship.

February 19, USS Philippine Sea departed Mayport for a scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.

March 13, CG 58 pulled to Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port call.

March 26, The Philippine Sea departed Haifa after completing its participation in Exercise Caya Green with ships of the Isreali navy.

April 13, USS Philippine Sea recently arrived in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, to participate in Arabian Shark ’08/SHAREM, April 14-20, a multilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Gulf of Oman.

April 24, The guided-missile cruiser is currently providing security to Al Basarah Oil Terminal, in the Persian Gulf, acting as a surface action commander for ABOT directing picket boats.

After a port port visit to Jebel Ali, May 6-10, the Philippine Sea participated in a multilateral maritime security operation exercise Goal Keeper III with the U.A.E. Navy.

May 30, USS Philippine Sea departed Manama, Bahrain, after a four-day port visit.

June 18, CG 58 departed Aksaz, Turkey, after a three-day port call. Anchored off Split, Croatia, from June 23- 2?.

July 10, USS Philippine Sea returned to homeport after a nearly five-month underway period.

September 16, The guided-missile cruiser returned to Naval Station Mayport after a port visit to Charleston, S.C.

October 2, USS Philippine Sea departed for another Harbor Navigation Package for seamanship training, enroute to Yorktown, Va., to conduct ammunition offload.

November 10, The Philippine Sea recently arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to participate in a Remembrance Day celebration with the Canadian Royal Navy. Returned to Mayport on Nov. 21.

January 13, 2009 CG 58 returned to homeport after one week underway as part of the oppositon forces for the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) CSG.

January 30, The guided-missile cruiser wrapped up a weeklong visit to Naval Station Newport, R.I., after serving as the school ship for Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS).

March 10, USS Philippine Sea, along with USS Anzio (CG 68) and USS Porter (DDG 78), is currently conducting Fleet Irregular Warfare Training in the vicinity of the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) and in the Jacksonville Operating Areas.

April 23, The Philippine Sea performed an airborne medical evacuation of a 70-year old passenger aboard the cruise ship Motor Vessel Braemar, while underway in the Atlantic Ocean. The ship is currently en route to Plymouth, United Kingdom, to participate in a multinational NATO exercise Joint Warrior.

May 7, CG 58 pulled into Faslane, Scotland, after a two-day port visit to Plymouth.

June 1, USS Philippine Sea arrived at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown to offload ordnance in preparation for a 10-month ED-SRA at the Atlantic Marine shipyard on Fanning Island. The Phil Sea would soon become the 2nd cruiser in the fleet to complete Cruiser Modernization, the 1st on the East Coast. The ship entered the dry-dock on June 24.

November 19, Capt. Herbert M. Hadley relieved Capt. Gary R. Parriott as CO of the Philippine Sea at Mayport Naval Station.

February 17, 2010 The guided-missile cruiser departed dry dock at the BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards.

April 28, CG 58 successfully completed its Extended Dry-Docking Selected Restricted Availability on schedule, after a successful test of the ships engines at high speeds.

May 26, USS Philippine Sea arrived in New York City to participate in the 23rd Fleet Week.

October 22, The cruiser is currently conducting training operations with the George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Carrier Strike Group, in preparation for the upcoming deployment next year.

In early December Philippine Sea failed its Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) examination and was judged "unfit for sustained combat operations." The Mayport, Fla.-based cruiser "demonstrated challenges" in the areas of main propulsion, environmental protection, electrical, weapons, ventilation and aviation.

May ?, 2011 USS Philippine Sea departed Mayport for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

May 27, CG 58 recently moored at Haakonsvern Naval Base in Bergen, Norway, for a routine port call after participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX).

June 3, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Kiel, Germany, for a port visit before participating in a multinational naval exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2011.

July 6, USS Philippine Sea rescued 26 Filipino crew members from the Marshall Islands-owned, Liberian-flagged, motor vessel MT Brilliante Virtuoso, 20 n.m. southwest of Aden, Yemen, after the ship's superstructure was set on fire following a pirate attack with the rocket-propelled grenades. The 274-meter tanker was carrying about 1 million barrels of fuel oil to China from Ukraine. The Philippine Sea transited Suez Canal July 1.

October 12, USS Philippine Sea arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, for a three-day port visit. The ship recently entered Mediterannean Sea after concluding its operations in the U.S. Cental Command AoR.

October 17, The Philippine Sea arrived in Batumi to participate in a training exercises with the Georgian Coast Guard.

October 21, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Sevastopol, Ukraine, for a four-day port visit.

October 25, Capt. Stephen Shinego relieved Capt. Herbert M. Hadley as CO of the CG 58 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Black Sea. USS Philippine Sea pulled today in Burgas, Bulgaria, for a three-day port call.

November 15, USS Philippine Sea returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

November 16, 2012 The Philippine Sea pulled into Port of Miami for a scheduled port visit.

July 29, 2013 USS Philippine Sea departed Naval Station Mayport for Group Sail operations with the USS George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (CSG).

October 4, Capt. Wesley A. Smith relieved Capt. Stephen A. Shinego as CO of the Philippine Sea during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Station Mayport.

November 24, The Philippine Sea is currently underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX), as part of the USS George H.W. Bush CSG.

February 15, 2014 USS Philippine Sea departed Naval Station Mayport for a scheduled deployment.

March 4, The guided-missile cruiser moored at Themistokleous Pier in Port of Piraeus, Greece, for a three-day liberty port visit.

March 9, USS Philippine Sea moored at Aksaz Naval Base for a three-day liberty port visit to Marmaris, Turkey. Transited Suez Canal southbound on March 19.

April 22, The Philippine Sea moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a five-day port visit to Manama. Inport Jebel Ali, U.A.E., from May 24-28; Entered the Arabian Gulf again on June 14; Inport Jebel Ali again from Aug. 2-6 and Sept. 5-9.

September 23, CG 58 launched mored than 30 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) in the early morning hours, while underway in the North Arabian Gulf, on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria.

October 9, USS Philippine Sea departed KBSP, Bahrain, after a four-day port call.

November 1, The Philippine Sea moored at Berth 01A, Port Nou Terminal, Adossat South Wharf in Port of Barcelona, Spain, for a four-day liberty visit.

November 15, USS Philippine Sea returned to Mayport after a nine-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

March 31, 2015 BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Mayport was awarded an $18,3 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N40024-10-C-4406) for the USS Philippine Sea's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed by August.

October 10, Capt. Wesley A. Smith was at his home when Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Fire Department responded to a fire at his residence on base at approximately 8 p.m. Smith was found unresponsive and transported to Naval Hospital Jacksonville where he was pronounced dead. The XO, Cmdr. Nathan L. Rowan, assumed temporary command of the Philippine Sea.

October 12, Capt. John R. Schmidt relieved Cmdr. Nathan L. Rowan as the 17th commanding officer of CG 58. The Schmidt was previously scheduled to take over the ship on Nov. 24.

January ?, 2016 USS Philippine Sea commenced Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV) while moored at Wharf B1 on Naval Station Mayport.

June 3, The Philippine Sea is currently moored at Alpha Wharf on Naval Station Mayport.

June 29, USS Philippine Sea recently departed homeport for first Group Sail in preparation for upcoming deployment as part of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) CSG-2; Underway again from Sept. 12- Oct. ?.

October 25, The guided-missile cruiser is currently moored at Alpha Wharf on Naval Station Mayport; Underway for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) from Nov. 28- Dec. 21.

January 21, 2017 USS Philippine Sea departed Mayport for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

February 2, The Philippine Sea transited the Strait of Gibraltar eastbound; Participated in a visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) training exercise with the ENS Tahya Misr (FFG 1001), while underway in the eastern Mediterannean Sea, on Feb. 28.

March 1, USS Philippine Sea moored at Berth K12, East Refueling Wharf in Souda Bay, Greece, for a four-day liberty visit; Participated in a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the HS Kountouriotis (F462) on March 5; Transited the Suez Canal on March 10; Transited the Strait of Hormuz on March 21.

April 9, USS Philippine Sea moored at Berth 5, Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a week-long upkeep.

May 18, Capt. Peter K. Nilsen relieved Capt. John R. Schmidt as CO of the Philippine Sea, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship, while underway in the Arabian Gulf.

July 27, The Philippine Sea moored at Victory Jetty on Her Majesty's Naval Base (HMNB) Portsmouth, England, for a five-day port visit before participating in a multinational exercise Saxon Warrior 17.

August 19, USS Philippine Sea moored at Wharf A1 on Naval Station Mayport following a seven-month deployment.

September 7, The Philippine Sea emergency sortied from Naval Station Mayport to evade the Hurricane Irma; Moored at Wharf A1 on Sept. 14; Underway in support of a multinational amphibious exercise Bold Alligator 17 on Oct. 17.