USS MONTEREY
CG 61
  
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The Monterey (CG 61) is the U.S. Navy's 15th Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser and the fourth ship to bear the name Monterey to commemorates the battle fought on September 20-24, 1846, in the war with Mexico. She was built at Bath Iron Works, in Bath, Maine; launched on October 23, 1988, and christened in late 1988. Mrs. Sally Hardisty, the wife of Adm. Huntington Hardisty, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, served as sponsor of the ship. Capt. Joel B. Heaton is the prospective commanding officer.

From January 22-26, 1990, the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Monterey was underway for Bravo "B" trials. Underway for Charlie trials from Feb. 17-19; Delivered to the U.S. Navy on March 25; Departed Bath, Maine, for the last time on May 25; Inport Naval Weapons Station Yorktown and Naval Station Norfolk from May 29- June 1; Arrived in Mayport on June 5.

June 16, USS Monterey was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.

From July 9 through Aug. 1, the Monterey was underway for Combat System Ship's Qualification Trials (QSSQT). Port visit to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, from July 24-26; Underway for Weapons Systems Accuaracy Test (WSAT) and ASW evaluation in the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range off Andros Island, Bahamas, from Aug. 10-20; Underway for Limited Team Training at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from Sept. 8- Oct. 8; Underway for final contract trials from Nov. 5-9; Ammo offload at NWS Charleston, S.C., from Nov. 12-14.

November 18, USS Monterey commenced a five-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) while pierside at Naval Station Mayport.

January 10, 1991 The guided-missile cruiser arrived at Bath Iron Works facility in Portland, Maine, for heavy weather trials; Underway on Jan. 14; Inport Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, from Jan. 19-22; Returned to Portland on Jan. 23 to resume PSA; Departed dry-dock on Feb. 28; Underway for sea trials on April 16 and April 22-23; Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown, Va., from April 29- May 1; Returned home on May 3; Underway for routine training from May 14-17; Underway for Engineering Mobile Assistance Training Team (EMATT) visit from May 22-24.

July 9, The Monterey departed Mayport for Type Commander Core Training (TCCT) 1-91. Inport Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, P.R., from July 13-14; Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from July 24-25; Returned home on July 29.

August 26, CG 61 departed Naval Station Mayport for Tail Proficiency Training (TPT) and CET with the USS America (CV 66) Battle Group; Participated in a multi-national exercise Northstar '91, off the coast of Norway, from Sept. 10-19; Port visit to Cork, Ireland, from Sept. 23-29; Returned home on Oct. 11 after participating in a Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX); Undereway for ammo onload at Charleston and magnetic deperming at Portsmouth, Va., from Oct. 20-30.

December 2, USS Monterey departed Mayport for its maiden deployment, with the America BG.

December 16, The Monterey pulled into Marseille, France, for a three-day port visit.

December 23, The guided-missile cruise arrived in Barcelona, Spain, for a 12-day port visit. Brief stop in Augusta Bay, Sicily, on Jan. 8 and Souda Bay, Crete, on Jan. 10, 1992.

January 12, USS Monterey pulled into Haifa, Israel, for an eight-day port call before participating in exercise Dina Seven. Inport Haifa again from Jan. 22-24; Port call to Taranto, Italy, from Jan. 30- Feb. 3.

February 5, CG 61 pulled into Naples, Italy, for a week-long upkeep with the USS Sierra (AD 18). Port call to Cagliari, Italy, from Feb. 14-16; Inport Augusta Bay from Feb. 21-22 after participating in exericse Arethusa; Port calls to Thessaloniki, Greece, (Feb. 24-27); Varna, Bulgaria, (Feb. 29- March 5); and Eregli, Turkey, (March 6-9).

March 11, The Monterey arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a five-day port call before participating in NATO exericse Distant Thunder. Port visit to Haifa for maintanace availability from March 24- April 1, before participating in exericse Juniper Falconry; Inport Haifa again from April 3-4 and 7-9th.

April 18, USS Monterey arrived in Trieste, Italy, for a six-day port visit. Port call to Bizerte, Tunisia, from April 30- May 4; Brief stop in Augusta Bay on May 6 before participating in a two-week exercise Dragon Hammer; Brief stop in Naval Station Rota, Spain, on March 20 to embark Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) board; Anchored off Bermuda on May 28 to embark "Tigers."

June 1, USS Monterey returned to Naval Station Mayport after a six-month Mediterranean deployment.

July 2, Capt. John B. Floley, III relieved Capt. Joel B. Heaton as CO of the Monterey during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship in Mayport.

From July 15-17, the Monterey was moored at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., for ammo offload. Underway for Dependent's Day Cruise on July 20; Underway for sea trials from Oct. 8-9 afer a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA); Ammo onload at NWS Charleston from Oct. 20-23.

October 29, Rear Adm. Arthur K. Cebrowski relieved Rear Adm. Walter J. Davis as Commander, Carrier Group (CCG) 6, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the CG 61.

From Nov. 2-6, USS Monterey was underway for Engineering Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I and SQQ-89 training. Underway for LTT at Guantanamo Bay from Nov. 27- Dec. 13; Underway for routine training and Blue Shield exercise in the Jacksonville Op. Area from Jan. 11-15, 1993; Underway again from Feb. 8-12 and 16-18th; Underway for SSRNM at AUTEC range from March 15-21; Underway for COMPTUEX at the Puerto Rican OPAREA from April 21- May 14; Port visit to Nassau, Bahamas, from May 9-12.

May 28, The guided-missile cruiser departed homeport for Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS) qualifications off Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. Inport Naval Station Roosevelt Roads from June 1-3; Participated in MISSILEX from June 3-5; Brief stop in Port Canaveral, Fla., on June 8 to embark family members for a Tiger Cruise; Underway for FLEETEX 3-93 at the Cherry Point Op. Area from July 9-22; Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from July 19-21.

August 11, USS Monterey departed Naval Station Mayport for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment with the USS America Joint Task Group (JTG).

August 27, The Monterey arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a three-day port visit. Anchored off Bizerte, Tunisia, from Aug. 31- Sept. 2 in preparation for the annual PASSEX with the Tunisian Navy.

From Sept. 6-13, USS Monterey supported Operations Deny Flight, Provide Promise and Sharp Guard in the Adriatic Sea, off Bosnia-Herzegovina. Anchored off Izmir, Turkey, from Sept. 16-22 in preparation for the exercise Dynamic Guard; Conducted carrier escort duties in the Adriatic from Oct. 6-13; Brief stop in Augusta Bay, Sicily, on Oct. 14.

October 17, CG 61 pulled into Haifa, Israel, for an 11-day port call before participating in Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM) 106 exericse in the Adriatic Sea through Nov. 5; Anchored off Volos, Greece, from Nov. 7-8 before participating in exercise Niriis; Adriatic Sea operations from Nov. 15-20.

November 23, USS Monterey pulled into Civitavecchia, Italy, for a week-long visit to Rome. Adriatic Sea operations from Dec. 1-16.

December 20, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Toulon naval base in France for a two-week upkeep. Adriatic Sea operations from Jan. 7-13.

January 20, 1994 The Monterey arrived in Malaga, Spain, for a six-day port visit after participating in exercise PoopDeck '94 in western Mediterranean. Turnover with USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) on Jan. 26; Anchored off Bermuda on Feb. 3 to embark "Tigers."

February 5, USS Monterey returned to Mayport after a six-month deployment.

March 8, CG 61 arrived at NWS Charleston, S.C., to offload Tomahawk missiles. Brief stop at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, to refuel on March 15 before conducting PASSEX with the Brazilian naval units; Port visit to Nassau from March 21-24; Returned home on March 28.

April 8, Capt. William R. Williams relieved Capt. John B. Floley, III as CO of the Monterey. Underway for local operations from April 27-29, May 3-6, May 10-12 and 24-25th.

May 31, USS Monterey departed homeport in support of Operation Support Democracy off Haiti. Port call to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay from June 20-21.

June 27, The Monterey arrived in Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles, for a four-day visit to Curacao. Conducted counter-drug operations in the Caribbean from July 1-15; Ammo offload at NWS Charleston from July 19-21; Returned home on July 22; Commenced a three-month SRA on Aug. 22; Underway for sea trials from Nov. 7-8; Underway for ammo onload from Nov. 18-23; Underway for local operations from Nov. 29- Dec. 2, Dec. 8-9 and 13-14th.

From January 6-28, 1995, USS Monterey was underway for Refresher Training (REFTRA) at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and NGFS off Vieques Island. Inport roosevelt roads from Jan. 22-24; Underway for local operations from Feb. 6-10.

February 23, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Mobile, Ala., for a six-day port visit to participate in Mardi Gras celebration. Underway for TSTA III from March 13-16 and Final Evaluation Period (FEP) from March 28-31; Underway for INSURV assessment on April 18.

From April 24 through May 23, the Monterey was underway for COMPTUEX. Port visit to San Juan, P.R., from May 4-8; Ammo onload at NWS Charleston from May 30- June 2.

June 23, Rear Adm. William V. Cross relieved Rear Adm. Frank L. Bowman as Commander, Carrier Group (CCG) 6, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Monterey.

From July 6-24, USS Monterey was underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) in the Cherry Point Op. Area.

August 1, CG 61 emergency sortied from Naval Station Mayport to avoid the Hurricane Erin.

August 25, USS Monterey departed Mayport for a scheduled deployment with the USS America JTG. Brief stop at Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal, to refuel on Sept. 1.

September 6, The Monterey conducted turnover with USS Mississippi (CGN 40) in the Adriatic Sea and assumed the duties of Redcrown as the U.S. cruiser responsible for air surveillance, off the coast of Bosnia, in direct support of NATO Operations Deny Flight and Sharp Guard; Supported operation Deliberate Force on Sept. 10; Port call to Trieste, Italy, from Sept. 19-22.

September 30, USS Monterey arrived in Ancona, Italy, for a six-day port visit. Inport Treste again from Oct. 6-7 for TACAN repairs; Departed Adriatic on Oct. 21.

October 25, CG 61 anchored off the coast of Antalya, Turkey, for a five-day port visit.

November 7, The Monterey pulled into Augusta Bay, Sicily, for a three-day port call after participating in exericse Infinite Courage. Participated in a multi-national exercise Bright Star from Nov. 13-17; Transited Suez Canal on Nov. 18; Entered the Arabian Gulf on Nov. 25 in support of Operations Southern Watch and Vigilent Sentinel; Returned to Mediterranean on Dec. 9; Supported Operation Joint Endeavor in the Adriatic Sea from Dec. 11-16.

December 18, USS Monterey pulled into Naples, Italy, for a nine-day upkeep. Returned to Adriatic on Dec. 28 to assume duties as "Green Crown."

From January 21-22, 1996, the Monterey participated in exercises with the Russian RNS Admiral Kuznetsov battle group.

February 25, USS Monterey returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR). She also visited Corfu and Souda Bay, Greece.

April 26, Capt. Robert M. Hartling relieved Capt. William R. Williams as commanding officer of CG 61.

May 10, USS Monterey arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va., as part of the Atlantic Fleet force reorganization.

June 19, The Monterey commenced a Regular Overhaul (ROH) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Newport News, Va.

March 4, 1997 The guided-missile cruiser departed Naval Station Norfolk for a three-day sea trials. Underway for local operations from March 18-23; Underway for routine training on April 7.

April 11, USS Monterey moore to Manhattan's Pier 81 in New York City, N.Y., for a four-day port visit.

From April 28- May 3, the Monterey was underway for TSTA I; Underway for TSTA II from May 5-10 and 19-24th; Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown, Va., from June 3-5; Underway again for routine training in the Puerto Rican OPAREA on June 9; Port calls to Naval Station Roosevelt Roads from June 14-17 and 24-27th.

July 3, CG 61 moored at Nauticus Pier in downtown Norfolk for a four-day visit. Underway for VANDALEX off Valops Island from July 7-12; Departed Norfolk on July 26 for OTL-201.

July 30, USS Monterey conducted the first surface vessel Operational Test Lauch (OTL) of an Advanced Tomahawk Weapons Control System (ATWCS) TLAM, in the Gulf of Mexico; Inport NAS Pensacola, Fla., from July 31- Aug. 1 and Naval Station Mayport from Aug. 4-8; Underway for TSTA III and FEP from Aug. 11-16; Underway for Group Sail operations from Aug. 18-23.

October 28, The Monterey departed Norfolk for a Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Puerto Rican OPAREA. Port visit to San Juan from Nov. 7-10; Returned home on Nov. 26; Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from Dec. 8-11.

From January 12 through Feb. 4, 1998, USS Monterey participated in JTFEX 98-1 as part of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Battle Group. The JCSBG and USS Wasp (LHD 1) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) were scheduled to depart for a six-month deployment in late February.

May 21, Capt. Peter D. Squicciarini relieved Capt. Robert M. Hartling as CO of the Monterey.

September 22, 1999 USS Monterey departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled Arabian Gulf deployment, as part of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Battle Group.

May 5, 2000 Capt. William A. Walsh, Jr., relieved Capt. Peter D. Squicciarini as commanding officer of the USS Monterey.

As part of the George Washington Battle Group, and in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Monterey set sail in support of defense and humanitarian efforts off the coast of New York.

From Feb. 5-9, 2002, the Monterey was underway for Group Sail operations with the USS George Washington (CVN 73) BG. Ammo onload at NWS Earle, N.J., from Feb. 20-22; Underway for COMPTUEX and JTFEX from March 22 through May 5; Inport Naval Station Roosevelt Roads from April 22-25.

May 10, Capt. Glenn Flanagan relieved Capt. William A. Walsh, Jr., as CO of CG 61.

June 20, USS Monterey departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment, with the Washington Battle Group, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

July 3, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into La Maddalena, Sardinia, for a three-day upkeep. Port visit to La Spezia, Italy, from July 9-12.

July 17, The Monterey moored at Aksaz naval base for a three-day visit to Marmaris, Turkey. Transited Suez Canal on July 22; Port call to Manama, Bahrain, from July 30- Aug. 3 before conducting Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) in the North Arabian Gulf; Inport Mina Salman again from April 18-21; Departed Arabian Gulf on Sept. 21.

September 25, USS Monterey arrived in Victoria, Seychelles, for a four-day port visit. Returned to Mediterranean Sea on Oct. 4.

October 7, CG 61 pulled into Valletta, Malta, for a four-day port visit. Port calls to Souda Bay, Greece, (Oct. 25-28) and Izmir, Turkey, (Nov. 15-19).

November 23, The Monterey arrived again in Aksaz, Turkey, for a brief stop before participating in exericse Dogu Akdinez Phase III, from Nov. 25-28; Port visit to Cartagena, Spain, from Dec. 6-10.

December 20, USS Monterey returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

From January 27-30, 2003, the Monterey was underway for local operations. Inport Naval Station Mayport from March 22-24.

February 26, The search for a Seaman Apprentice Christian Nicolas Earlie, that apparently jumped overboard the Monterey, off Florida’s eastern shore, at 4.49 p.m. on Feb. 24, has ended unsuccessfully and he was presumed drowned.

February 27, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Mobile, Ala., for a six-day port visit to participate in Mardi Gras celebration. Inport Naval Station Mayport from March 8-10; Returned home on March 12; Ammo offload at NWS Yorktown from March 17-21.

March 24, USS Monterey entered the Metro Mashine shipyard in Norfolk, Va., for a four-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). In dry-dock from April 3- June 5; Returned to Naval Station Norfolk on July 15; Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from July 21-23; Underway for routine training from July 28-31.

September 16, The Monterey emergency sortied from Norfolk to avoid the Hurricane Isabel. Returned on Sept. 20; Underway for local operations from Sept. 30- Oct. 3 and Oct. 20-24.

October 31, CG 61 pulled into Port Canaveral, Fla., for a three-day liberty visit. Returned home on Nov. 6; Underway for routine training from Nov. 17-20.

May 21, 2004 Capt. Bruce H. Curry relieved Capt. Glenn Flanagan as the 8th CO of USS Monterey.

July 15, The Monterey wrapped up a first-of-its-kind multi-national exercise known as Majestic Eagle, off the coast of Morocco, as part of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group.

October 13, USS Monterey departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment, with the Truman CSG, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

November 8, The guided-missile cruiser departed Souda Bay, Crete, after a four-day port visit to Greece's largest island.

April 18, 2005 USS Monterey, commanded by Capt. Robert E. Oldani, returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

April 4, 2006 USS Monterey departed Naval Station Norfolk for approximately two months deployment, as part of USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group, to participate in the "Partnership of the Americas" in the Caribbean Sea. Partnership of the Americas will enhance regional maritime security and strengthen ties through operations and exercises with Caribbean and Latin American partner nations.

April 12, CG 61 arrived in Oranjestad, Netherlands Antilles, for a goodwill visit to Aruba Island.

May 2, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis, for a three-day port visit.

May 8, USS Monterey and USS Stout (DDG 55) conducted a towing exercise (TOWEX) in the Caribbean Sea as part of their unit level training cycles. The TOWEX is designed to exercise participating ships in the process of towing and being towed in the event of a disabling malfunction. The lead ship acts as a tugboat and delivers the disabled vessel to safety.

May 17, The Monterey arrived at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for its third port visit as part of the "Partnership of the Americas" deployment. Returned home on May 25.

June 15, USS Monterey arrived in HM Naval Base Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, for a four-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of exercise Neptune Warrior Course, designed to enhance coordination between North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies.

July 3, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Oslo, Norway, for a scheduled port visit and to celebrate the 4th of July.

July 24, The Monterey returned to Norfolk after a seven-week underway period in the North Atlantic.

October 24, USS Monterey is currently off the coast of Scotland participating in exercise Neptune Warrior. The ship recently relieved USS Ross (DDG 71) as the flagship for Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG 2).

November 20, CG 61 arrived in Riga, Latvia, for a port visit in preparation to provide local authorities security support for the NATO summit Riga 2006, set to begin on Nov. 28.

January 15, 2007 USS Monterey arrived at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Crete, for a routine port call.

January 22, The guided-missile cruiser is currently in Aegean Sea preparing to participate in support of Operation Active Endeavor.

April 4, USS Monterey returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment, in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR, in support of Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 2. She visited 10 foreign ports and navigated more than 30,000 nautical miles.

September 13, CG 61 anchored off the coast of Annapolis, Md., to support the First Class Parents' weekend at the U.S. Naval Academy.

October 12, Capt. Todd W. Bostock relieved Capt. Robert E. Oldani as CO of the USS Monterey during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

March 29, 2008 The Monterey is currently participating in a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA), as part of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) CSG, off the coast of Florida.

September 10, USS Monterey departed homeport for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

October 3, The Monterey pulled into Cape Town, South Africa, for a scheduled port visit.

April 18, 2009 USS Monterey returned to Norfolk after a seven-month deployment.

September 10, Capt. James W. Kilby relieved Capt. Todd W. Bostock as CO of the CG 61.

October 13, 2010 The Monterey arrived in Savannah, Ga., for a two-day port visit to celebrate the Navy's 235th birthday.

January 22, 2011 USS Monterey, along with USS Ramage (DDG 61) and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), successfully completed a tracking exercise during the Atlantic Trident 2011, off the coast of Virginia, using the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system. Three ships tracked the short-range ballistic missile target that was launched from NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., and fell harmlessly into the Atlantic Ocean.

February 14, CG 61 departed NAS Key West, Fla., after a three-day port call, wrapping up the ship's Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and propelling them into a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) with the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Carrier Strike Group. Returned to Norfolk on Feb. 21.

March 7, USS Monterey departed Naval Station Norfolk for an independent Mediterranean deployment with a primary focus on Ballistic Missile Defense. This will be the first BMD asset deployed under the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA), which was supported at the November 2010 NATO Lisbon Summit.

March 16, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Portsmouth naval base for a two-day visit to England.

March 24, USS Monterey departed Aarhus, Denmark, after a four-day port call.

March 27, CG 61 pulled into Antwerpen, Belgium, for a scheduled port visit.

April 10, USS Monterey arrived in Naples for a port visit to Italy. The ship departed Rota, Spain, April 6.

May 8, The Monterey pulled into Souda Bay, Greece, for a routine port call.

May 13, The guided-missile cruiser anchored off the coast of Piraeus, Greece, for a five-day visit.

June 6, USS Monterey arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a three-day port call.

June 12, CG 61 recently arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, to participate in a multinational exercise Sea Breeze 2011.

June 20, The Monterey pulled into Batumi, Georgia, for a scheduled port visit. Transited Bosporus Straits southbound on June 25.

July 9, USS Monterey recently departed Souda Bay after a 10-day port call for mid-deployment maintenance availability.

July 30, The guided-missile cruiser departed Augusta Bay, Italy, after a two-day port visit.

August 15, USS Monterey departed Corfu, Greece, after a three-day port call.

August 22, CG 61 departed Kusadasi, Turkey, after a three-day port visit.

September 3, The Monterey arrived again at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay for a routine port visit.

October 11, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a four-day port call.

November 1, Capt. Thomas K. Kiss relieved Capt. James W. Kilby as CO of the USS Monterey during a change-of-command ceremony at sea. CG 61 returned home today after an eight-month deployment.

June 1, 2012 USS Monterey recently completed a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) period.

October 4, The Monterey moored at GPA's Ocean Terminal in Savannah, Ga., for a four-day port visit to participate in Oktoberfest 2012 festivities.

October 26, USS Monterey emergency sortied from Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the Hurricane Sandy.

April 8, 2013 USS Monterey departed Norfolk for a scheduled independent deployment with a primary focus on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) operations.

April 17, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Funchal, Portugal, for a brief port call to refuel. Entered the Mediterranean Sea on April 19.

April 22, USS Monterey arrived in Livorno, Italy, for a four-day port visit.

April 29, The Monterey pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, for a three-day port call after participated in exercise with the Albanian Navy, off the coast of Porto Palermo, on April 28; Transited Suez Canal on May 4.

May 14, CG 61 moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a routine port call.

June 16, USS Monterey is currently participating in a joint search and rescue exercise Falcon Response, with the U.S. and Kuwait Coast Guards, in the Arabian Gulf.

July 3, The Monterey pulled again into KBSP, Bahrain, for a 13-day upkeep. Inport Khalifa Bin Salman Port again from Aug. 1-8.

September 6, The guided-missile cruiser departed Jebel Ali, U.A.E., after a liberty port visit to Dubai. Inpot KBSP, Bahrain, again from Oct. 7-14; Transited Strait of Hormuz on Oct. 14; Returned to Mediterranean on Oct. 20; Inport Souda Bay from Oct. 21-25 and Nov. 7-14.

November 18, Capt. Richard J. Cheeseman relieved Capt. Thomas K. Kiss as CO of CG 61 during a change-of-command on board the ship at Limassol, Cyprus. USSS Monterey moored today at Cruise Terminal for a three-day port visit.

December 8, The Monterey arrived again in Naval Support Activity Souda Bay for a six-day port call.

December 16, USS Monterey moored at Pinto Wharf in Grand Harbour for a three-day port visit to Valletta, Malta. Inport Augusta Bay, Sicily, from Dec. 20-21; Inport Funchal, Portugal, from Dec. 24-26.

January 5, 2014 USS Monterey returned to Naval Station Norfolk after an extended nine-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

February 14, BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair has been awarded $57 million undefinitized contract action as a modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-4403) for the USS Monterey's Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA). Work is expected to be completed by January 2015.