USS COWPENS
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The Cowpens (CG 63) is the U.S. Navy's 17th Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser and is named after the Battle of Cowpens, a major American victory near Cowpens, South Carolina, in the American Revolution. Her keel was laid down on December 23, 1987, as Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. She was christened and launched on March 11, 1989. Mrs. Lucy Holcomb Mustin, wife of the retired Vice Adm. Henry C. Mustin, II, served as sponsor of the ship. Capt. Edward Moored, Jr., is the prospective commanding officer.

May 8, 1990 The Pre-Commissioninig Unit (PCU) Cowpens entered the dry-dock at Bath Iron Works facility in Portland, Maine, to instal the AN/SQS-53B Sonar Dome. Undocked on June 15; Underway for Alpha "A" trials from July 17-18; Underway for Bravo trials from Sept. 24-27; Underway for "C" trials with the INSURV from Oct. 19-20; Departed Bath, Maine, for the last time on Feb. 13, 1991.

February 15, The guided-missile cruiser arrived at Naval Station Staten Island, New York, for a five-day visit to New York City. Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., from Feb. 20-21 in preparation for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT); Inport Naval Station Norfolk, Va., from Feb. 22-27; Arrived at Naval Base Charleston on March 1.

March 9, USS Cowpens was commissioned during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at Charleston, S.C.

March 15, The Cowpens arrived in Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, for a three-day port visit. Port call to La Guaria, Venezuela, from March 19-21.

March 23, CG 63 moored at Naval Station Rodman in Balboa, Panama, for an overnight stay after transiting Panama Canal.

April 1, USS Cowpens arrived in its homeport of Naval Station San Diego, in San Diego, Calif. Underway for Refresher Training in the SOCAL Op. Area from April 29- May 3 and May 6-10; Underway for CSSQT at the Pacific Missile Range Facility off Kaui, Hawaii, on May 28; Inport Pearl Harbor from June 7-14, June 26-28, July 2-5; Magnetic deperming at MSF in Pearl Harbor from July 9-11; Returned home on July 17; Underway for SM-2MR Block III testing from July 29- Aug. 2, Aug. 19-23 and 26-27th; Amm offload at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., on Aug. 28.

September 11, The Cowpens entered the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego for a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA); In dry-dock from Oct. 1- Nov. 17; Underway for sea trials from Dec. 9-11.

From February 3-7, 1992, USS Cowpens was underway for routine training off the coast of southern California. Underway again from Feb. 12-14.

February 14, The Cowpens departed Naval Station San Diego for a Dependent's Day Cruise. Underway for Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) qualifications, off San Clemente Island, from Feb. 25-28; Underway for law enforcement operations off Baja California from March 9-22; Underway for routine training from March 24-25, April 21-24 and May 11-13; Underway for Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) from May 18-21; Underway for routine training and Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) 92-2 from May 28- June 9; Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from June 10-11.

June 22, CG 63 departed San Diego to participate in a multi-national exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) '92, in the Hawaiian waters. Inport Pearl Harbor from July 3-6; Returned home on July 23; Underway for local operations from July 29- Aug. 2; Underway for FLEETEX 92-2A from Aug. 31- Sept. 11; Underway for FLEETEX 92-2B/C from Sept. 21- Oct. 2.

November 3, USS Cowpens departed Naval Station San Diego for its maiden deployment as part of the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Battle Group.

November 20, The Cowpens pulled into Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, for a brief port call to onload Tomahawk missiles.

November 25, USS Cowpens moored at HMS Tamar in Hong Kong, British Crown Colony, for a five-day port visit.

December 5, The guided-missile cruise arrived at British naval base Sembawang in Singapore for a five-day upkeep. Brief stop in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to refuel on Dec. 14; Turnover with USS Chosin (CG 65) in the North Arabian Sea on Dec. 18; Anchored off Fujairah, U.A.E., to refuel on Dec. 19 but fuel barge did not arrived; Anchored at Bahrain Bell-Sitrah anchorage from Dec. 20-22 for NAVCENT inchop briefs; Assumed duties as Anti-Air Warfare Commander, in support of Operation Southern Watch, in the NAG on Dec. 24.

January 2, 1993 The Cowpens pulled into Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day port visit.

January 17, USS Cowpens launched 10 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) on targets in Iraq. Port call to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., from Jan. 23-26; Brief stop in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., to onload TLAMs on Jan. 27; Anchored at Bahrain Bell-Sitrah on Feb. 1.

February 2, Capt. Dallas Bethea relieved Capt. Edward Moored, Jr., as CO of the Cowpens during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship while anchored off Bahrain.

February 7, CG 63 pulled into Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day of liberty.

February 28, The Cowpens moored alongside USS Cape Cod (AD 43) in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a 10-day upkeep. Participate in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with the RNS Admiral Tributs (DDG 552) from March 11-12; Departed Arabian Gulf on March 13; Turnover with USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) on March 18.

March 24, The guided-missile cruiser anchored off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, for a five-day port visit. Port call to Hong Kong from April 5-10; Inport Pearl Harbor from April 24-26.

May 3, USS Cowpens returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

July 23, The Cowpens entered the Continental Maritime of San Diego shipyard for a six-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials on Sept. 16; Underway for Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART) IIA on Oct. 1; Underway for COMPTUEX 94-2T from Oct. 7-8.

October 9, USS Cowpens arrived in San Francisco, Calif., for a four-day port visit to participate in annual Fleet Week celebration. Participated in USS Carl Vinson's ITA as part of Orange Force from Oct. 14-16; Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from Oct. 20-22.

From February 28 through March 20, 1994, the Cowpens was underway for COMPTUEX/ITA as part of the Kitty Hawk Battle Group. Underway for FLEETEX A from March 25- April 1; Underway for MISSILEX from April 4-9; Underway for FLEETEX B/C on April 25; Port visit to Santa Barbara, Calif., from May 6-12; Ammo onload from May 19-20.

June 21, The guided-missile cruise departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

June 24, USS Cowpens departed Naval Station San Diego for a scheduled deployment. Port call to Sasebo, Japan, from July 16-22.

July 29, The Cowpens arrived in Kagoshima, Japan, for a three-day port visit.

August 4, CG 63 arrived in Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, for a six-day upkeep.

August 16, USS Cowpens anchored off the coast of Pohang, Republic of Korea, for a brief stop before conducting PASSEX with the ROK Navy.

August 24, The Cowpens moored at Prince of Wales Barracks in Hong Kong for a five-day port visit. Port call to Pusan, ROK, from Sept. 13-18.

September 29, The guided-missile cruise pulled into Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a four-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of ASWEX 95-1. Inport Chinhae from Oct. 9-11; Inport Pusan from Oct. 11-13; Inport Chinhae again from Oct. 14-17.

October 21, USS Cowpens pulled into Yokosuka, Japan, for a 13-day upkeep with USS Cape Cod. Participated in ANNUALEX 06G from Nov. 8-12 and exercise Keen Edge from Nov. 14-15; Port call to Hong Kong from Nov. 21-26; Participated in exercise Tandem Thrust off Guam from Dec. 1-7.

December 14, CG 63 arrived in Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a two-day port call to embark "Tigers."

December 22, USS Cowpens returned to homeport after a six-month western Pacific deployment.

January 14, 1995 Capt. William L. Snyder relieved Capt. Dallas Bethea as the 3rd commanding officer of USS Cowpens.

From Jan. 23-27, the Cowpens was underway for routine training off the coast of southern California. Undereway for FIREX on Feb. 6; Ammo offload at NWS Seal Beach from Feb. 7-10; Underway for TORPEX from Feb. 21-24.

March 23, USS Cowpens entered the dry-dock at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) shipyard for a three-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Underway for sea trials from June 21-22; Ammo onload from July 5-7; Underway for COTRAMID, "Leaders to Sea" program and COMPTUEX 95-19T on July 24; Brief stop at NWS Indian Island in Port Hadlock, Wash., on Aug. 1.

August 2, USS Cowpens arrived in Seattle, Wash., for a four-day port visit to participate in Seafair celebration. Returned to homeport on Aug. 10; Underway for Type Training from Sept. 18-22 and 25-29th; Underway for a Family Day Cruise on Sept. 23; Underway for local operations on Oct. 2.

October 12, The Cowpens anchored off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for a four-day port visit. Returned home on Oct. 20; Underway for OPPE Preps. from Oct. 23-27; Underway for OPPE from Nov. 6-8; Underway for routine training from Nov. 29- Dec. 1; Underway for Final Evaluation Period (FEP) Preps. from Dec. 4-8 and FEP from Dec. 12-14; Underway for local operations from Jan. 16-19.

February 20, 1996 The guided-missile cruise departed homeport for a three-day FIREX off San Clemente. Underway for INSURV Preps. from Feb. 26-29; Underway for a Board of Inspection and Survey assessment on March 12.

March 27, USS Cowpens moored at Pier 37 in San Francisco for a five-day port visit.

May 16, CG 63 departed San Diego to participate in a COMPTUEX 96-3A and RIMPAC 96/FLEETEX 96-2, as part of the USS Kitty Hawk Battle Group. Port call to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from June 17-21; Returned home on June 26; Underway for ARG Supporting Arms Coordination Center Exercise (SACCEX) from July 15-19; Underway for JTFEX 96-2 from Aug. 7-26; Ammo onload at Seal Beach from Aug. 20-21; Port visit to Santa Barbara, Calif., from Aug. 22-26.

October 11, USS Cowpens departed Naval Station San Diego for a scheduled Middle East deployment with the Kitty Hawk BG.

November 3, The Cowpens anchored in Victoria Harbour for a five-day port visit to Hong Kong. Port call to Singapore from Nov. 12-17; Entered the Arabian Gulf on Nov. 29.

December 10, The guided-missile cruise anchored at Bahrain Bell-Sitrah for a four-day visit to Manama. Underway one day early, on Dec. 13th, to observe the firing of anti-ship ballistic missiles (C-802) at Jask, Iran, for intelligence gathering; Underway in the Gulf of Oman from Dec. 14-22.

December 24, USS Cowpens pulled into Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day port visit. Another visits to Dubai from Jan. 13-19, 1997, and Feb. 11-16; Participated in exercise Inspired Alert off the coast of Pakistan from Feb. 17-22; Port calls to Perth (March 7-11) and Sydney, Australia, (March 17-22); Inport Pearl Harbor from April 3-4.

AprI 11, USS Cowpens returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

April 26, Capt. William D. Sullivan relieved Capt. William L. Snyder as CO of the Cowpens during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

From May 13-16, the Cowpens was underway for Firring Exercise (FIREX) and spotter services at San Clemente Island. Ammo offload at NWS Seal Beach from May 19-22; Commenced a nine-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) while pierside at Naval Station San Diego on May 27; Underway for sea trials from July 24-25; Brief stop at Naval Weapons Station Indian Island, Port Hadlock, Wash., from Aug. 5-6.

August 6, USS Cowpens moored at Pier 66 in Seattle, Wash., for a five-day port visit to participate in the annual Seafair festivities. Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from Aug. 18-20.

September 5, The Cowpens moored at Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego for a three-day visit. Underway for training with the Affloat Training Group on Sept. 22.

September 25, CG 63 anchored in Monterey Harbor, California, for a three-day port visit in support of the Naval Postgraduate School sponsorship of the Young Presidents Organization. Returned home on Oct. 2; Underway for TSTA I from Oct. 7-10.

From Oct. 20-23, the Cowpens took part, along with the USS Valley Forge (CG 50) and USS Jarrett (FFG 33), in a live standard-missile firing exercise in the SOCAL Op. Area. The exercise was a "Proof Of Concept" demonstration to see if the Navy could safely conduct live surface-to-air missile firings off the coast of San Diego, and possibly reduce the costs of conducting training; Underway for TSTA II from Nov. 10-13 and 18-21st; Underway for Engineering Certification from Nov. 25-26; Underway for TSTA III from Dec. 9-11; Underway for FEP from Dec. 15-17.

USS Cowpens deployed in 1998 for six-months to the western Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf. In January 1999, the guided-missile cruiser visited Acapulco, Mexico.

February 12, 1999 Capt. William R. Mason relieved Capt. William D. Sullivan as CO of the USS Cowpens.

In March, CG 63 commenced a nine-month Regular Overhaul (ROH) at the Southwest Marine shipyard in San Diego. Underway for sea trials in late November.

January 9, 2000 USS Cowpens anchored off Cabo San Luca, Mexico, for a three-day port visit. Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach, Calif., from Jan. 18-21; Underway for CART II from Jan. 25-28; Underway for a shakedown cruise from March 8-9; Underway for TSTA II from March 13-24; Underway for local operations from March 29-30 and March 31- April 1.

June 2, The Cowpens departed Naval Base San Diego, Calif., for the last time to be forward-deployed at Yokosuka, Japan. Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from June 14-19.

June 29, USS Cowpens arrived at its new homeport of Naval Base Yokosuka, to replace the USS Mobile Bay (CG 53).

July 28, Capt. Paul S. Holmes relieved Capt. William R. Mason as commanding officer of CG 63.

August 4, FC3 Stewart McConnell was killed when he fell from the main mast and struck a fender just aft of the mid-ship's quaterdeck.

From September 11-17, the Cowpens was underway for plane guard operations, for USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) CQ, off Okinawa.

September 25, USS Cowpens departed Yokosuka, Japan, for a Fall Patrol as part of the Kitty Hawk BG. Brief stop in Sasebo, Japan, to refuel on Oct. 13.

October 16, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, for a three-day port visit. Anchored off Pohang, ROK, for Battle Force Tactical Trainer (BFTT) testing from Oct. 24-25.

November 1, The Cowpens pulled into Busan, Republic of Korea, for a three-day port call after participating in annual bi-lateral joint exercise Foal Eagle. Participated in ANNUALEX 12G from Nov. 7-18; Returned home on Nov. 20.

USS Cowpens, after a deployment to the Indian Ocean, and visiting along the way Guam, Singapore, Thailand and India, paid a visit to Mumbai, India, as the U.S. Navy representative to the 2001 International Fleet Review. She was one of 97 ships representing more than 30 countries. The guided-missile cruiser played an active role in the relief effort following January earthquakes in northwestern India, delivering medical and humanitarian supplies. CG 63 also participated in several bi-lateral and multilateral exercises with the navies of Japan and Korea. This included Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2001, a bilateral training drill between the Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, in November, in which the Aegis-class ship was the Navy's centerpiece for the exercise while the USS Kitty Hawk deployed to the Indian Ocean for Operation Enduring Freedom. Operationally, Cowpens also supported highly sensitive escort missions and Operation Noble Eagle. She also conducted Strait of Malacca escort operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

May 16, 2002 The Cowpens arrived in Shimoda, only 50 miles away from Yokosuka, to participate in the 63rd annual Black Ship Festival.

April 22, Capt. Charles B. Dixon relieved Capt. Paul S. Holmes as the 7th CO of USS Cowpens.

January 20, 2003 USS Cowpens departed Yokosuka, with the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Battle Group, in support of OEF.

March 20, The Cowpens fired 11 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs), just before dawn in the Arabian Gulf, as part of the first strikes in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

May 6, USS Cowpens returned to homeport after four-and-a-half month deployment in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. During that time she served as Air Defense Commander for Task Force (TF) 50, directing a multinational force of more than 150 ships. She also launched 39 Tomahawk missiles in support of OIF.

August 22, The guided-missile cruiser departed Hong Kong after a two-day port visit.

September 26, USS Cowpens, along with USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) departed Zhanjiang, China, after a five-day port visit, completing the first U.S. Navy ship visit here to the People’s Republic of China navy’s South Sea Fleet (SSF) headquarters.

April 14, 2004 CG 63 returned to Yokosuka, Japan, after almost two weeks of sea trials. This underway period marked the official end of Cowpens' nine-week Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) period.

May 14, USS Cowpens, along with USS Coronado (AGF 11), and USS Cowpens arrived in Shimoda, Japan, for a two-day port visit to commemorate the 65th Black Ship Festival.

June 11, Capt. John J. Sorce relieved Capt. Charles B. Dixon as CO of the Cowpens in a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

June 28, USS Cowpens, as part of the USS Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group, departed its forward operating base of Yokosuka to participate in Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft carrier strike groups, demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat power across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. It is the Navy's first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan.

July 3, USS Cowpens, along with USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), arrived in Vladivostok, Russia, for a scheduled port visit in preparation for multinational exercises between the U.S., Russian, and United Kingdom naval forces.

October 3, The Cowpens pulled into Goa, Indoa, for a brief port call before participating in the second phase of exercise Malabar '04.

February 10, 2005 USS Cowpens departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a western Pacific patrol with the Kitty Hawk (CV 63) CSG.

February 17, The Cowpens arrived in Sattahip, Thailand, for a scheduled port call. The ship departed Singapore on Feb. 12.

March 17, CG 63 departed Busan, Republic of Korea, after a three-day port visit.

March 28, USS Cowpens returned to homeport after a seven-week underway period in support of exercise Foal Eagle 2005.

July 3, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Sydney, Australia, for a scheduled port visit to celebrate the 4th of July.

August 20, USS Cowpens returned to Yokosuka after a three-month underway period in support of Talisman Saber 2005, exercise Orange Crush and Joint Air and Sea Exercise (JASEX) 2005.

December 12, USS Cowpens returned home after completing its fall deployment with the Kitty Hawk CSG. The Strike Group participated in a joint Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 2005, between the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

March 31, 2006 USS Cowpens and USS Chosin (CG 65) participated in passing exercise (PASSEX) 2006, off the coast of Guam, with the Russian Federation Navy (RFN) ships RFN Marshal Shaposhnikov (DD 643), RFN Nikolay Korsakov (LST 077), RFN Pechenga (AOR 244) and the ocean-going tug RFN SB-522 (ATA).

May 17, Capt. Terry D. Moser relieved Capt. John J. Sorce as CO of the USS Cowpens. The ship recently departed Wakayama, Japan, after a goodwill port call.

June 20, The guided-missile cruiser 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 (CVN 76), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Groups, as well as the Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.

August 10, The Cowpens pulled into Perth, Australia, for a scheduled port visit.

October 17, USS Cowpens departed Yokosuka for a routine Fall Patrol, with the Kitty Hawk CSG.

November 9, The U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force kicked off their largest bilateral exercise, ANNUALEX. About 8,500 U.S. Sailors are taking part aboard 13 ships, including USS Cowpens, and various shore-based aircraft.

March 27, 2007 USS Essex (LHD 2) Expeditionary Strike Group, including USS Cowpens, combined forces with amphibious and destroyer ships from the Republic of Korea (ROK) to create a Combined Amphibious Task Force (CATF) and complete a sea transit as a convoy in the waters off the Republic of Korea, from March 26-27, as part of Foal Eagle (FE) 2007.

July 10, USS Cowpens departed Sydney, Australia, after a scheduled port visit. The guided-missile cruiser recently concluded participation in Exercise Talisman Saber '07, as part of USS Kitty Hawk CSG.

August 13, CG 63 is currently participating in exercise Valiant Shield 2007 off the coast of Guam.

September 1, USS Cowpens departed Port Klang, Malaysia, after a four-day visit to Kuala Lumpur.

November 14, The Cowpens is currently participating in ANNUALEX 19G in the Philippine Sea, the maritime component of the U.S.-Japan exercise Keen Sword 2008.

January 24, 2008 USS Cowpens departed homeport for a scheduled western Pacific deployment, as part off the USS Essex ESG.

March 20, Capt. Holly A. Graf relieved Capt. Terry D. Moser as commanding officer of the Cowpens.

September 17, CG 63 is currently in the western Pacific Ocean, as part of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group, on its way back to Japan. The GW replaced Kitty Hawk as the only forward-deployed U.S. aircraft carrier.

September 28, The Cowpens recently arrived to Wakayama, Japan, for a scheduled port call.

October 10, The guided-missile cruiser departed Busan, Republic of Korea, after taking part in International Fleet Review.

February 17, 2009 The Cowpens arrived in Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit after completing its participation in undersea warfare exercise with USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) CSG and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

May 7, USS Cowpens pulled into Vladivostok, Russia, for a four-day port visit to participate in Victory Day celebrations.

July 1, CG 63 arrived in Fremantle, Australia, for a scheduled port visit before taking part in exercise Talisman Saber '09.

August 2, USS Cowpens moored at Berth 2, Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a four-day port visit.

August 11, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a goodwill port visit.

September 3, USS Cowpens returned to Yokosuka after a 10-week Summer Patrol as part of the GW CSG.

October 29, USS Cowpens pulled into Hong Kong for a scheduled port call. The ship is currently on a Fall Patrol with the George Washington Carrier Strike Group.

January 13, 2010 Capt. Holly Graf was relieved of duty after being punished for "cruelty and maltreatment." Capt. Robert G. Marin is the new CO of USS Cowpens.

June 24, Quartermaster 3rd Class Christopher John Perino died after falling from the Cowpens bridge wing, about 8:05 a.m., in what fleet officials suspect is a possible suicide. The guided-missile cruiser entered the Dry Dock # 6 at CFAY on June 9 to repair a non-metallic grinding noise on the port shaft, which was discovered at the end of the Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) in May; Departed dry-dock on July 7.

September 4, USS Cowpens pulled into Manila, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port call.

October 2, The Cowpens pulled into Laem Chabang, Thailand, for a scheduled port visit to Pattaya.

November 24, USS Cowpens departed homeport to participate in a joint naval drills with the Republic of Korea naval forces, in the waters west of the Korean Peninsula, from Nov. 28- Dec. 1, as part of the GW Carrier Strike Group.

January 28, 2011 The Cowpens recently departed Malakal Harbor after a five-day port visit to the Republic of Palau.

February 14, CG 63 recently departed Changi Naval Base after a nine-day port call to Singapore; Inport Yokosuka from March 12-14.?

March 16, USS Cowpens cancelled its scheduled return to Yokosuka and instead transited north to rendezvous with the USS Ronald Reagan CSG, to provide humanitarian assistance in support of earthquake and tsunami relief operations in Japan.

April 6, USS Cowpens returned to homeport after concluding its support of Operation Tomodachi.

June 12, The Cowpens departed Yokosuka for a routine Summer Patrol, as part of the GW CSG.

August 6, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Laem Chabang, Thailand, for a five-day port visit. Returned home on Aug. 22; Emergency sortied to avoid the Tropical Storm Talas on Aug. 30.

September 29, USS Cowpens arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port visit. The ship recently departed Yokosuka for a western Pacific patrol with the USS George Washington CSG.

October 13, The Cowpens pulled into Changi Naval Base for a four-day visit to Singapore.

November 9, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Hong Kong for a scheduled port call after recently participated in Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX).

November 21, USS Cowpens returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka after a two-month underway period.

February 10, 2012 Rear Adm. John R. Haley, Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5, removed Capt. Robert Marin as CO of CG 63 "while an investigation into inappropriate personal behavior is conducted." Capt. Paul J. Lyons, Deputy Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, assumed temporary command of the ship. USS Cowpens is currently undergoing a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) maintenance period.

April 2, Capt. Thomas C. Disy relieved Capt. Paul J. Lyons as CO of the Cowpens.

May 19, The Cowpens returned to CFAY after a 17-day underway period.

June 7, USS Cowpens departed Yokosuka for a routine western Pacific patrol.

June 27, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Busan, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port visit.

July 10, USS Cowpens anchored in Victoria Harbour for a five-day port visit to Hong Kong.

July 23, CG 63 pulled into White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, for a routine port call. Returned home on July 27.

August 22, USS Cowpens departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a Fall Patrol, as part of the GW Carrier Strike Group.

August 28, The Cowpens pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a six-day port call.

September 21, USS Cowpens arrived in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, for a four-day port visit after participating in exercise Valiant Shield 2012.

October 7, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into port of Tanjung Priok for a five-day visit to Jakarta, Indonesia.

October 24, USS Cowpens moored at Pier 15 in Manila South Harbor, Republic of the Philippines, for a five-day port visit.

November 16, USS Cowpens returned to homeport after a three-month underway period.

February 5, 2013 Capt. Robert P. Tortora assumed command of the CG 63 during an exchange of command and crew ("hull swap") ceremony with the USS Antietam (CG 54) at Fleet Activities Yokosuka.

From March 5-8, the Cowpens was underway for local operations.

March 17, The guided-missile cruiser recently pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call. Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from March 29- April 1.

April 8, USS Cowpens arrived in its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego after a four-week transit from Yokosuka. The ship returned to San Diego, Calif., after forward-deployed to Japan for nearly 13 years.

June 14, The Cowpens is currently underway off the coast of southern California in support of a multinational amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz 2013.

June 21, Capt. Gregory W. Gombert relieved Capt. Robert P. Tortora as CO of the CG 63 during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.

September 17, USS Cowpens, with embarked Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49 Det. 6, departed San Diego for an independent western Pacific deployment.

September 25, The Cowpens arrived in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a routine port call.

October 8, USS Cowpens responded to a distress call and rescued two civilian mariners that received third-degree burns to their hands and face, from a fire on board the Cypriot-flagged container vessel Hanjin Kao Hsiung, off the southwest coast of the Republic of Korea. CG 63 recently joined the USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG in a bilateral exercises with the Republic of Korea Navy, that will last through Oct. 13.

October 26, The guided-missile cruiser moored at Changi Naval Base, Singapore, for a five-day port visit.

November 8, USS Cowpens anchored in Victoria Harbour for a four-day port visit to Hong Kong.

November 14, The Cowpens arrived in the vicinity of the Leyte Gulf in support of Operation Damayan, in response to the aftermath of the Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Republic of the Philippines.

December 12, CG 63 recently pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.

December 23, USS Cowpens moored at Alava Pier in Subic Bay, Philippines, for a five-day port visit.

January 5, 2014 The Cowpens recently moored at Sembawang Terminal in Singapore for a routine port call.

February 6, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a week-long upkeep. Inport Sasebo again from Feb. 19-24.

March 9, USS Cowpens moored at Berth 3, Eval Macapagal Super Terminal (Pier 15) in Manila South Harbor, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port call.

From March 21-25, the Cowpens supported the Multi-Sail exercise, off the southwest coast of Guam, with the ships from Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15. Inport Apra Harbor from March 26-28.

April 17, USS Cowpens returned to Naval Base San Diego after a seven-month deployment.

June 10, Rear Adm. Michael E. Smith, Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3, relieved of duty Capt. Gregory W. Gombert due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." Capt. Robert B. Chadwick, II assumed temporary command of the Cowpens.

At a July 25 administrative hearing, Capt. Gombert was found guilty of several counts of disobeying an order and conduct unbecoming an officer. The former acting executive officer, Lt. Cmdr. Destiny Savage, was found guilty of two violations of failure to obey a lawful order and one of conduct unbecoming. Master Chief Petty Officer Gabriel J. Keeton was found guilty of two counts of disobeying an order, apparently because he failed to notify anyone outside the ship of the troubles on board. "The violations revealed by the investigation, especially the blatant abdication of command responsibility on the part of the CO, are among the most egregious I have encountered in my 32-year career," Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman, III, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, wrote in his letter closing the report.

August 29, Capt. Michael S. Sciretta relieved Capt. Robert B. Chadwick, II as the 17th CO of CG 63 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Berth 1, Pier 7 on Naval Base San Diego. USS Cowpens is currently undergoing an Extended Selected Restricted Availability (E-SRA) as part of the Navy's Cruiser Modernization program.

September 18, The XO Cmdr. Armando Ramirez was relieved of his duty due to an alcohol-related incident.

In February 2015, as part of the President’s fiscal year 2016 budget request, the Navy introduced a new "2-4-6" version of the Phased Modernization Plan. The 2-4-6 plan stipulates that each year no more than two cruisers will be placed in phased modernization; no cruiser will remain in phased modernization for more than 4 years; and no more than six cruisers may be in phased modernization at the same time. The ships would be minimally manned while in that reduced status and, as the other 11 active cruisers reach the end of their service life, cruisers in lay-up would be modernized and returned to operational status. Using that approach, the Navy would be able to maintain at least 11 operationally active cruisers (1 for each of the Navy’s planned 11 carrier strike groups) through 2034, with the last cruiser retiring in 2044.

September 25, USS Cowpens was inducted into the Navy's guided-missile cruisers Phased Modernization program, after a six-month Induction Continuous Maintenance Availability (I-CMAV), during a ceremony at Pier 7. Also, Lt. Cmdr. Horst D. Sollfrank relieved Capt. Michael S. Sciretta as commanding officer of the CG 63.

March 9, 2016 BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair was awarded a $47,3 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-4400) for the USS Cowpens' special Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed by October.