USS NORMANDY CG 60
Commissioned December 9, 1989, USS Normandy (CG 60) is the third Bath, Maine, built Aegis-based cruiser and the 14th ship of the Ticonderoga-class. It is named after the allied invasion of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. The armada that conducted the invasion consisted of 702 warships protecting 9000 ships and landing craft and preceded by 25 minesweeper flotillas. The invasion shifted the tide of WWII in favor of the allies.
December 28, 1990 USS Normandy departed homeport to join United Nations forces conducting operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. As part of the USS America Carrier Battle Group, she transited the Suez Canal and the Red Sea on her way to the Arabian Gulf. She fired 26 Tomahawk cruise missiles, protected allied ships and aircraft in the area, conducted maritime interdiction operations, and helped to locate and destroy enemy mines. She is the first U.S. warship since 1945 to go to war on its maiden cruise.
August 11, 1993 USS Normandy departed to the Adriatic Sea, as part of the America (CV 66) Battle Group, in support of United Nations efforts with the Former Republic of Yugoslavia. Her primary duty was Adriatic air-space controller for Operations Provide Promise, Deny Flight, and Sharp Guard.
In a historic first, the cruiser embarked 9 WWII veterans on May 18, 1994, for commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Allied landings on the coast of France. These activities took place in Portsmouth, United Kingdom, and Le Havre, France. Over 15,000 visitors toured the ship while Normandy's honor guard embarked veterans participated in various memorial services and events on both sides of the English Channel.
On June 27, the guided-missile cruiser participated in the Naval Station New York closing ceremonies. Staten Island's mayor, Guy Molinari, and his daughter Congresswoman Susan Molinari were the featured speakers as the Navy turned the base over to the city's Emergency Services. The Normandy was stationed in Staten Island, New York, for almost four years and transited to its new homeport of Norfolk, Virginia.
August 28, 1995 The Normandy departed Naval Station Norfolk for a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea with USS America Battle Group. On Sept. 8, she was in the western Mediterranean conducting turnover with the outgoing Battlegroup. Receiving immediate tasking to proceed at best speed to the Adriatic, the cruiser sped across the 1600 Nautical miles at maximum speed. Arriving in the Operation Deliberate Force Theater of Operations in just under 48 hours, it launched a thirteen Tomahawk missile strike against hostile air defense command and control sites in northern Bosnia-Herzegovina.
October 3, 1997 USS Normandy departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment, as part of USS George Washington Battle Group. Throughout the month of October, she participated, along with 27 other international units, in Exercise Bright Star off the Egyptian coast. Beginning Nov. 16, the GW BG transited the Suez Canal and In a record-setting five days, entered the Arabian Gulf and joined the Nimitz battle group in an impressive show of force and United Nation resolve with Iraq. For four months the guided-missile cruiser patrolled the Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. During this time, it conducted several successful maritime-interception operations along with its strike and air-defense duties. The Normandy returned to homeport April 3, 1998, and then underwent a major overhaul period in Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
USS Normandy once again deployed to the Mediterranean and Arabian Sea, with the USS George Washington Battle Group from June 21 through Dec. 19, 2000.
June 20, 2002 CG 60 departed Naval Station Norfolk for a six-month deployment, with the Washington BG, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While deployed overseas, Battle Group ships visited 16 different countries, including Scotland, England, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Malta, Greece, Slovenia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
October 29, 2004 Capt. Stephen W. Hampton relieved Capt. Matthew J. Streeter as commanding officer of USS Normandy, during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.
March 25, 2005 USS Normandy departed homeport for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Expeditionary Strike Group, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
June 5, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Commodore Steve Gilmore, commander of Task Force (CTF) 58, transferred his flag and his crew of 15 RAN Sailors from USS Antietam (CG 54) to USS Normandy. In preparation for its new role, CG 60 underwent a two-month training program at its homeport and completed a 10-day turnover period with the CTF 58 staff.
July 12, The guided-missile cruise recently pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for an eight-day upkeep.
September 25, USS Normandy returned to Naval Station Norfolk after successfully completing a six-month deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
September 29, 2006 Capt. Robert Kerno relieved Capt. Stephen Hampton as CO of USS Normandy.
April 14, 2007 USS Normandy departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in support of Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG 1) and will participate in the UK-led exercise Neptune Warrior.
May 22, The Normandy departed Klaipeda, Lithuania, after a four-day port visit.
June 6, The guided-missile cruiser recently pulled to Stavanger, Norway, for a scheduled port call.
June 22, USS Normandy moored at HMNB Portsmouth, England, for a routine port call.
July 15, The Normandy arrived in Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port visit.
August 28, CG 60 pulled to Cape Town, South Africa, for a five-day port call.
September 17, USS Normandy recently arrived for a port visit to Victoria, Seychelles. The cruiser is transferring duties as flagship to USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) for commander SNMG 1.
April 4, 2008 The guided-missile cruiser is currently in the Atlantic Ocean participating in Constant Alliance 08, a U.S.-United Kingdom exercise that builds on existing defense partnerships.
July 22, USS Normandy, USS Carney (DDG 64), USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Anzio (CG 68), USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and USS Carr (FFG 52) are currently participating in the Theodore Roosevelt Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 08-4 as simulating opposition forces.
October 2, The Normandy made a port visit to Annapolis, Md., to support the academy's homecoming weekend, Sept. 19-21.
June 23, 2009 CG 60 recently returned to Naval Station Norfolk after completing sea trials June 9-11. This underway was Normandy's first since the ship entered an Extended Dry-docking Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA) at BAE Systems Shipyard in Norfolk on December 4, 2008. The major focus of the availability was the hull, mechanical and engineering portion of the cruiser modernization program. The second phase of the modernization program, that will focus on combat systems, is scheduled for 2013.
January 13, 2010 USS Normandy departed Norfolk in anticipation of humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti after a magnitude-7.0 quake devastated the impoverished nation Tuesday afternoon.
January 17, The guided-missile cruiser arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince in support of Operation Unified Response.
February 6, USS Normandy and its embarked Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46 Detachment 3 completed relief operations off the coast of Haiti delivering 75,142 pounds of food and water, and 3,000 pounds of medical supplies.
February 9, CG 60 returned to homeport to continue preparations for a deployment this spring to the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility, as part of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group.
May 21, USS Normandy departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment.
June 8, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Toulon, France, for a four-day port call.
July 26, The Normandy recently departed Mina Salman Pier after a routine port visit to Manama, Bahrain.
August 31, Capt. Joseph D. Creed relieved Capt. Jeffrey T. Griffin as CO of USS Normandy during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship in Jebel Ali, U.A.E.
October 5, CG 60 departed Manama after another port call to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
October 29, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a routine port visit.
December 3, The Normandy pulled into Souda Bay, Greece, for a routine port call.
December 20, USS Normandy returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. Central Command AoR.
April 25, 2011 The Normandy pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., to participate in the Fleet Week 2011. CG 60 recently departed Key West after a weekend port call.
December 1, USS Normandy moored at GPA's Ocean Terminal in Savannah, Ga., for a four-day port visit to participate in the Lighted Christmas Parade and annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony.
January 21, 2012 The Normandy is currently participating in USS Enterprise (CVN 65) CSG Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) as part of simulated opposition forces.
April 13, Capt. Kevin Hill relieved Capt. Joseph D. Creed as as CO of CG 60 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Norfolk.
May 17, USS Normandy departed Norfolk to participate in the annual multi-national exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2012.
May 27, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Portsmouth, England, for a two-day port call.
June 1, USS Normandy, with embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74 Det. 3, arrived in Gdynia, Poland, for a three-day port visit before participating in at-sea phase of BALTOPS exercise, June 4-15.
June 15, The Normandy pulled into Kiel Naval Base, Germany, to participate in annual Kiel Week celebration.
June 20, USS Normandy anchored off the coast of Karlskrona, Sweden, for a three-day port visit.
June 24, CG 60 arrived in Baltiysk, Russia, to participate in the annual multinational exercise FRUKUS 2012.
June 30, USS Normandy arrived in St. Petersburg, Russia, for a scheduled port visit.
July 6, The Normandy pulled into naval base at Zeebrugge for a three-day port call to participate in the 32nd Belgian Navy Days.
July 19, USS Normandy returned to homeport after a two-month underway period.
August 31, The guided-missile cruiser anchored off the coast of Camden, Maine, for a two-day port visit to participate in the 50th Windjammer Days Festival.
September 20, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair has been recently awarded $77 million modification to previously awarded contract for the USS Normandy Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA). Work is expected to be completed by September 2013.
December 3, CG 60 recently entered the Old Dominion Dry Dock at the BAE Systems shipyard in Norfolk, Va.