USS PRINCETON
CG 59
  
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The Princeton (CG 59) is the 13th Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser and the sixth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of Princeton. Her keel was laid down on October 15, 1986, at the Litton - Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., and she was launched on October 2, 1987.

February 11, 1989 USS Princeton was commissioned during a ceremony at Pascagoula, Miss. Capt. Edward B. Hontz is the first commanding officer.

February 18, 1991 During Operation Desert Storm, the USS Princeton hit two influence mines while conducting operations in the Arabian Gulf, off Fylaka Island. This resulted in a cracked superstructure, a jammed port rudder and leaking port shaft seal.

from June 1999 through March 2000, the guided-missile cruiser underwent a complete overhaul and modernization at the Southwest Marine shipyard in San Diego.

July 27, 2001 USS Princeton departed San Diego for a Middle East deployment, as part of the Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Battle Group. Its mission was to provide maritime support for Operation Southern Watch. As a result of September 11, the cruiser was assigned duties as Air Defense Commander for Task Force 50, which encompasses all Navy and coalition forces operating in the Arabian Gulf and the North Arabian Sea. The USS Enterprise Battle Group, along with Carrier Air Wing 8, diverted from their homeward transit and headed back towards the North Arabian Sea as the Princeton north through the Indian Ocean to join them. Several days later, the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) was underway from Japan. Within two weeks, the cruiser was assigned to Operation Enduring Freedom.

January 19, 2002 USS Princeton returned home after 111 consecutive days on station in the North Arabian Sea.

March 3, 2003 USS Princeton departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Nimitz Carrier Battle Group, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

July 28, The guided-missile cruiser is currently operating in the northern Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as Maritime Interception Operations commander for Task Force 55.

September 12, The Princeton pulled into Singapore for a week long port visit.

September 30, Capt. James Lee T. Smith relieved Capt. Ralph E. Janikowsky as CO of the USS Princeton during a change-of-command ceremony aboad the ship in the Andaman Sea, off the coast of Thailand.

November 5, CG 59 returned to San Diego after an eight-month underway period in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Arabian Gulf. The cruiser supervised numerous coalition ships, U.S. Coast Guard and patrol craft for more than 170 boardings.

October 23, 2004 Sixty years after surviving the sinking of their ship, more than 50 World War II Sailors reunited for a memorial service aboard the Princeton at Naval Base San Diego. Veterans and survivors of the Independence-class Light Carrier USS Princeton (CVL 23) gathered aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser to remember their ship and their shipmates lost during the Battle of Leyte Gulf Oct. 24, 1944. Ten officers and 98 enlisted crew members were killed, but 1,361 survived.

May 7, 2005 USS Princeton departed homeport for a scheduled deployment, as part of the Nimitz CSG, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

May 20, Capt. William R. Ault relieved Capt. James Lee T. Smith as the 11th CO of CG 59.

July 21, Sailors from the Princeton provided humanitarian aid to an Iranian fishing dhow Hamid in a distress call.

August 2, OS1 Thomas C. Hull died shortly after he was medically evacuated to the Nimitz due to a "non-combat related incident."

September 17, Air and surface forces of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group ended a five-day dedicated search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Arabian Gulf for SA Robert D. Macrum, who was discovered missing from the Princeton on Sept. 13.

November 8, USS Princeton returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

April 10, 2006 The Princeton returned home after a two-week underway period to conduct shipboard qualifications at sea and also strengthen anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission effectiveness between U.S. and Canadian naval forces. The ship participated in ASW exercises with the Canadian Destroyer HMCS Algonquin (DDG 283) off the coast of Washington state, from March 30- April 5.

October 1, CG 59 paraded through San Diego Bay to kick-off San Diego's Fleet Week celebration. The Princeton recently completed the three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

October 7, The guided-missile cruiser entered the San Francisco Bay during the Parade of Ships, a key event during San Francisco Fleet Week 2006.

October 20, Capt. David W. Melin relieved Capt. William R. Ault as CO of the Princeton.

April 2, 2007 USS Princeton departed San Diego in support of operations in U.S. Central Command AoR with the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) CSG.

May 23, The Princeton, along with nine other ships from three Strike Groups, entered the Arabian Gulf.

August 14, USS Princeton concluded its participation in exercise Valiant Shield 2007 off the coast of Guam, during the joint photo exercise. The PHOTOEX featured 15 ships from three Carrier Strike Groups and 17 aircraft from Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps including a B-52 bomber.

September 30, USS Princeton returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

January 24, 2008 USS Princeton departed Naval Base San Diego for a surge western Pacific deployment, as part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group.

February 17, CG 59 recently departed Fukuoka, Japan, after a scheduled port visit.

February 28, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Busan, Republic of Korea, to participate in exercises Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2008.

June 3, USS Princeton returned to San Diego after a four-month underway period.

August 15, Capt. Roy I. Kitchener relieved Capt. David W. Melin as commanding officer of the Princeton.

November 13, 2009 The Princeton departed Naval Base San Diego to participate in a strike group sustainment exercise (SUSTAINEX), with the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) CSG, off the coast of southern California.

April 23, 2010 Capt. Richard E. Haidvogel relieved Capt. Roy I. Kitchener as CO of the CG 59.

June 10, USS Princeton departed homeport for an independent Middle East deployment.

December 22, USS Princeton returned to Naval Base San Diego after a six-month underway period in support of counter-piracy missions and maritime security operations. During deployment the cruiser also visited Singapore, Bahrain, Seychelles, Kenya, Thailand, Philippines and Guam.

March 9, 2011 CG 59 entered the BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair facility for a modernization availability period as part of the Navy's Cruiser Modernization program.

July 28, The Princeton pulled into Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, Calif., for a three-day visit to participate in L.A. Navy Week.

September 17, USS Princeton arrived at Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego for a Fleet Week celebration.

November 7, Capt. John M. Clausen relieved Capt. Richard E. Haidvogel as CO of the Princeton during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Base San Diego.

June 16, 2012 USS Princeton assisted USS Nimitz and the Mexican navy to retrieve 186 bales of marijuana, with an estimated wieght of 19,000 pounds, that had been dumped into the Pacific Ocean by three boats off the California coast. The bales were then transferred to the USCGC Edisto (WPB 1313) for transport to shore. The guided-missile cruiser is currently participating in Group Sail operations in the SOCAL Op. Area before taking part in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, off the coast of Hawaii, from June 29- Aug. 3.

July 2, The Princeton pulled into Pearl Harbor to participate in a multi-national exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012.

September 17, USS Princeton held an "Open Hose" at Naval Base San Diego from Sept. 15-16 as part of the Fleet Week festivities.

October 14, The Princeton is currently underway for a three-week Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, off the coast of southern California; Completed Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) on Nov. 12.

February 25, 2013 The guided-missile cruiser departed San Diego for local operations.

April 3, USS Princeton departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment.

May 11, CG 59 moored at Busan Naval Base for a two-day port visit to the Republic of Korea.

May 28, The Princeton anchored in Makham Bay for a four-day port visit to Phuket, Thailand.

July 6, USS Princeton moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a six-day liberty visit to Manama.

August 16, Capt. Charles P. Good relieved Capt. John M. Clausen as CO of the Princeton during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Arabian Sea.

September 2, USS Princeton transited Bab el-Mandeb Strait northbound with the USS Nimitz CSG. Departed Red Sea in late September.

October 29, USS Princeton returned to homeport after an extended seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR. The ship also made port calls to United Arab Emirates; Apra Harbor, Guam; and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

December 11, The Princeton commenced an 11-month Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA) with the BAE Systems.

February 9, 2015 CG 59 departed Naval Base San Diego for sea trials off the coast of southern California after a 14-month availability; Brief stop at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for ammo onload on Feb. 11; Underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) in late February; Underway for routine training on April 8.

June 5, USS Princeton returned to homeport after a week-long underway for routine training; Underway again from June 8-1?.

June 22, The Princeton moored at Berth 6, Pier 10 on Naval Base San Diego after a week-long underway for routine training and carrier escort duties.

June 25, Capt. Christopher N. Alexander relieved Capt. Charles P. Good as the 16th CO of Princeton during a change-of-command ceremony at Pier 10.

July 27, The guided-missile cruiser departed San Diego for a four-day underway in the SOCAL Op. Area; Underway again on Aug. 18; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop before return home on Aug. 19; Underway for routine training on Sept. 17; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 2 on Oct. ?; Underway again from Oct. 5-9.

October 19, USS Princeton departed homeport for an 11-day underway in support of the USS Boxer (LHD 4) ARG's COMPTUEX, as part of opposition forces; Underway for local operations from Nov. 5-6, Nov. 9-13 and Nov. 1?-18.

December 16, The Princeton moored at Berth 2, Pier 3 on Naval Base San Diego after a 15-day underway; Moved to Berth 1, Pier 2 in late January.

February 5, 2016 CG 59 moored at Berth 2, Pier 2 after a brief underway off the coast of San Diego; Underway for routine training from April 4-8, April 12-14 and April 20-2?.

May 2, USS Princeton departed homeport for a four-day underway to conduct routine training off the coast of southern California; Underway for INSURV preparations on May 9 and May 16-17; Underway for INSURV assessment on May 24; Underway for routine training on June 6; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo on June 8; Returned home on June 10.

June 21, The Princeton, with an embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 Det. 2, departed Naval Base San Diego to participate in a biennial multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016.

June 29, USS Princeton moored outboard the USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) at Wharf B25 on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for the in-port phase of RIMPAC; Underway for at-sea phase on July 12.

July 14, The Princeton participated in a sinking exercise (SINKEX) of the ex-USS Thach (FFG 43), 55 nautical miles northwest of Kauai, Hawaii, as part of the RIMPAC exercise; Moored at Wharf B25 again from Aug. 2-8.

August 15, USS Princeton moored at Berth 2, Pier 2 on Naval Base San Diego; Underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) and Naval Integrated Fire Control Counter Air (NIFC-CA) testing from Aug. 2?- Sept. 23.

September 26, The guided-missile cruiser departed homeport to participate in a Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) missile defense exercise rehearsal, off the coast of southern California, with other ships from the USS Nimitz CSG; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo on Oct. 7; Moored at Berth 6, Pier 8 on Oct. 11; Commenced a Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV) on Oct. 1?.