USS GETTYSBURG
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The Gettysburg (CG 64) is the U.S. Navy's 18th Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser and is named for the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863) during the American Civil War. Her keel was laid down on August 17, 1988, as Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. She was christened and launched on July 22, 1989. Mrs. Julie Nixon Eisenhower, the daughter of President Nixon and wife of David Eisenhower, served as sponsor of the ship. Capt. John M. Langknecht is the prospective commanding officer.

June 10, 1991 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) arrived in Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., for its initial ammunition onload. Inport Naval Station Norfolk , Va., from June 11-17.

June 22, USS Gettysburg was commissined during a ceremony at Philadelphia, Pa.

June 26, The Gettysburg arrived in its homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for the first time. Underway for Limited Team Training at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from July 11- Aug. 5; Underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (QSSQT) in the AUTEC range on Sept. 3; Brief stop at Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, P.R., from Sept. 16-17.

September 21, The guided-missile cruise arrived in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, for a three-day port visit. Inport Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, from Oct. 3-6; Returned home on Oct. 9; Underway for local operations from Oct. 23-25; Underway for Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) from Oct. 29-30; Underway for final contract trials rehersals from Nov. 12-15; Underway for FCT from Nov. 18-22.

January 6, 1992 USS Gettysburg arrived at the Bath Iron Works facility in Portland, Maine, for a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). In dry-dock from Jan. 10- Feb. 15; Underway for sea trials from March 10-11; Returned to Mayport on March 20; Completed PSA on April 5; Inport Norfolk, Va., for magnetic deperming from April 8-10; Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from April 13-15; Returned home on April 20.

May 1, The Gettysburg departed Naval Station Mayport for a Dependent's Day Cruise. Underway for routine training in the Puerto Rican OPAREA from May 14-23; Inport Roosevelt Roads to refuel from May 18-19; Underway for routine training from June 12-13.

From July 16 through Aug. 10, CG 64 was underway for Combat Systems Assessment (CSA), Tailship Proficiency Training (TPT) and Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Battle Group; Underway for local operations from Sept. 3-4; Underway for FLEETEX 1-93 from Sept. 9-18.

October 7, USS Gettysburg departed Mayport for its maiden deployment with the JFK BG. Entered the Mediterranean Sea on Oct. 19; Adriatic Sea operations from Oct. 23-25.

October 30, The Gettysburg arrived in Naples, Italy, for a five-day port call.

November 13, CG 64 anchored off Alexandria, Egypt, for a brief stop before participating in exercise Seawind through Nov. 21; Port visit to Trieste, Italy, from Nov. 25-30; Departed Adriatic on Dec. 2; Supported Operation Provide Promise in the Adriatic Sea from Dec. 5-17.

December 22, USS Gettysburg pulled into Toulon naval base, France, for a two-week upkeep.

From January 7-17, 1993, the Gettysburg operated in the Adriatic Sea. Port call to Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, from Jan. 29- Feb. 3; Adriatic Sea operations from Feb. 4-20.

February 22, The guided-missile cruiser moored alongside USS Puget Sound (AD 38) in Augusta Bay, Sicily, for an 11-day upkeep. Port visit to Antalya, Turkey, from March 10-13; Inport Augusta Bay again from March 21-24 after participating in exercise Distant Thunder from March 14-19 in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

April 7, USS Gettysburg returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).

May 7, Capt. Peter R. Smith relieved Capt. John M. Langknecht as CO of the Gettysburg.

From May 11-12, the Gettysburg was moored at NWS Charleston, S.C., for ammo offload. Underway for DLQ from May 17-18; Inport Naval Station Norfolk from June 22-25; Returned home on 27th.

July 7, USS Gettysburg pulled into Boston, Mass., for a three-day port visit. Inport Naval Station Newport, R.I., from July 11-14; Returned home on July 16; Underway for local operations from July 28-30, Aug. 9-12 and Aug. 31- Sept. 2; Underway for a Dependent's Day Cruise on Aug. 12; Underway for OPPE from Sept. 9-10.

October 7, USS Gettysburg, with embarked Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 48 Det. 3, departed Naval Station Mayport for couter-narcotics operations. Arrived in NS Roosevelt Roads, P.R., on Oct. 14 after conducting NSFS qualifications off Vieques Island.

October 15, Six U.S. Navy ships, including the Gettysburg, were ordered to head to Haiti to enforce a trade embargo as part of Operation "Support Democracy". The order came the day after the United Nations Security Council voted to reimpose stiff sanctions against Haiti, including an embargo on oil products, until order was restored and the Governors Island process clearly resumed.

October 23, USS Gettysburg pulled into Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for a brief port call to take on fuel and supplies before continuing with its counter-narcotics operations in the western Caribbean.

November 4, CG 64 arrived in Bridgetown, Barbados, for a four-day port visit. Seized 2 metric tons of cocaine from the small boat "Shadow" on Nov. 20 and turned them to Columbian military authorities, along with three prisoners, at Isla de San Andres; Inport Roosevelt Roads from Nov. 28- Dec. 1; Returned to homeport on Dec. 8. Ammo offload at NWS Charleston from Jan. 19-21, 1994; Commenced a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) on Jan. 24; Underway for sea trials from March 29-30; Amoo onload at NWS Charleston from April 19-21.

May 23, USS Gettysburg departed Mayport to participate in the 22nd Baltic Operations (BALTOPS). Inport Halifax, Nova Scotia, to refuel from May 26-28; Port calls to Kiel, Germany, (June 6-7); Stockholm, Sweden, (June 9-12); Gdynia, Poland, (June 18-22); Oslo, Norway, (June 23-29); and Amsterdam, Netherlands, (July 1-6). Returned home on July 16; underay for TSTA II from Aug. 8-12 and TSTA III from Aug. 15-18.

August 19, The Gettysburg departed Naval Station Mayport for a Dependent's Day Cruise. Amm onload at NWS Yorktown from Aug. 29-31; Underway for MEFEX and FLEETEX in the Cherry Point Op. Area from Sept. 7-19.

October 17, USS Gettysburg departed Mayport for a scheduled Middle East deployment with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) BG.

November 8, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Simonstown, South Africa, for a two-day port visit. Port call to Cape Town from Nov. 10-14.

November 22, CG 64 arrived in Mombasa, Kenya, for a four-day port call.

On November 30, the Gettysburg and Halyburton (FFG 40) were diverted on a rescue mission to provide assistance to the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, made famous by its hijcking in October 1985, which was on fire about 130 miles east off Somalia. The Navy ships were operating about 350 miles north of the Achille Lauro's position. Achille Lauro's burnt out and sunk on Dec. 2.

December 4, USS Gettysburg pulled into Djibouti, Djibouti, for a brief stop to debark more than 800 passengers from Achille Lauro. Turnover with USS Lyete Gulf (CG 55) as Tomahawk ready strike platform and to conduct Maritime Interception Operations (MIO), in the North Arabian Gulf, on Dec. 8.

From Dec.15-17, the Gettysburg was anchored at Bahrain Bell-Sitrah Anchorage to onload Navy Mast Mounted Sight and to conduct NAVCENT INCHOP brief.

December 22, The guided-missile cruiser anchored again off Bahrain for a four-day port visit to Manama.

January 21, 1995 USS Gettysburg moored alongside USS Cape Cod (AD 43) in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for an eight-day upkeep. Another upkeep at Jebel Ali with USS Samuel Gompers (AD 37) from Feb. 7-12.

February 26, CG 64 pulled into Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day port visit. Departed Arabian Gulf on March 13; Port call to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from March 18-22; Port visit to Hurghada, Egypt, from March 24-27; Transited Suez Canal on March 28.

April 1, The Gettysburg pulled into Civitavecchia, Italy, for a five-day visit to Rome. Anchored off Bermuda on April 17 to embark "Tigers."

April 20, USS Gettysburg returned to Naval Station Mayport after a six-month deployment.

May 26, Capt. Henry G. Ulrich, III relieved Capt. Peter R. Smith as commanding officer of the Gettysburg.

May 31, USS Gettysburg arrived in Baltimore, Md., for a three-day port visit. Inport Naval Station Norfolk to embark midshipmen for CORTRAMID from June 3-5; Returned home on June 9; Underway for VANDALEX missile exercise off Wallops Island and ammo off/onload from June 20-28; underway for TSTA I from July 11-14 and 18-21st.

August 1, CG 64 emergency sortied from Mayport to avoid the Hurricane Erin. Underway for OPPE from Aug. 14-16; Underway for routine training from Aug. 21-24; Underway for Group Sail operations from Sept. 11-15; Underway for TSTA III from Oct. 2-6.

October 10, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a three-day port visit to participate in Broward County Navy Days Fleet Week.

November 11, USS Gettysburg arrived in New York City, N.Y., for a two-day port visit to participate in Veteran's Day celebration.

December 11, The Gettysburg conducted Tomahawk Post Block III Operational Test Launch (OTL) in the Jacksonville OPAREA.

From February 12 through March 15, 1996, the Gettysburg was underway for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) 96-2. Port visit St. Thomas, V.I., from March 1-4; Ammo onload at NWS Charleston from April 1-4; Underway for Combined Joint Task Force Exercise (CJTFEX) from April 26- May 13.

May 31, Capt. John M. Kelly relieved Capt. Henry G. Ulrich, III as the 4th CO of CG 64. Underway for a Dependent's Day Cruise on June 8.

June 28, USS Gettysburg departed homeport for a scheduled deployment as part of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Battle Group. Entered the Mediterranean Sea on July 11; Turnover with USS San Jacinto (CG 56) as Air Warfare Commander for CTF-60 on July 12; Adriatic Sea operations from July 16-19 in support of Decisive Endeavor.

July 25, The Gettysburg arrived in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a five-day port visit.

July 4, The guided-missile cruiser anchore off Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, for a six-day port visit. Port call to Haifa, Israel, from Aug. 16-21 before participated in exercises Juniper Hawk and JAWS I; Inport Souda Bay, Crete, from Sept. 2-7; Transited Suez Canal on Sept. 16; Entered the Arabian Gulf on Sept. 20.

October 7, USS Gettysburg pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a four-day port call to change out the #1 gas turbine generator. Port visit to Manama, Bahrain, from Nov. 3-7; Departed Arabian Gulf on Nov. 8; Participated in GULFEX 97-1, in the Gulf of Oman, from Nov. 9-11; Entered the Red Sea on Nov. 20; Transited Suez Canal on Nov. 25; Inport Naples, Italy, from Nov. 28- Dec. 6.

December 20, USS Gettysburg returned to Naval Station Mayport after a nearly five-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

January 17, 1998 Capt. Jacob L. Shuford relieved Capt. John M. Kelly as CO of the Gettysburg.

November 6, USS Gettysburg departed Mayport for a scheduled Middle East deployment, with the Enterprise Battle Group.

From December 16-20, USS Gettysburg participated in a 70-hour-long Operation Desert Fox, designed to degrade Saddam Hussein's ability to deliver chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, and wage war against his neighbors. The Gettysburg performed as the Anti-Air Defense Commander, launched 69 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) on the opening night of operation and conducted Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) in support of UN sanctions against Iraq.

The Gettysburg sailed into the Adriatic Sea on January 20, 1999, as part of Operation Deliberate Forge, adding military weight to ongoing diplomatic negotiations regarding Kosovo. In March, the ship participated in a Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) exercise off the coast of Sardinia, Italy.

August 11, Capt. David C. Beam relieved Capt. Jacob L. Shuford as the 6th CO of USS Gettysburg.

June 8, 2000 The guided-missile cruiser returned to Mayport, Fla., after completing the nine-month Regular Overhaul (ROH) at the Newport News shipyard in Newport News, Va.

July 9, USS Gettysburg departed homeport for ammo onload at NWS Yorktown. Port visit to Baltimore from July 14-17; Underway for QSSQT in the Puerto Rican Op. Area on Aug. 21; Port call to Naval Station Roosevelt Roads from Aug. 26-29; Pot visit to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Island, from Sept. 1-4; Inport Roosevelt Roads from Sept. 9-11; Returned home on Sept. 14; Underway for CSSQT and Group Sail oprations from Sept. 19-29; Inport Naval Station norfolk from Sept 30- Oct. 5.

October 6, The Gettysburg arrived in Morehead City, N.C., for a three-day port visit in conjunction with the Seafood Festival.

December 1, CG 64 arrived in Naval Station Norfolk for a three-day visit. Magnetic deperming at Lambert's Point, Virginia, from Dec. 4-7; Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from Dec. 11-13; Returned home on Dec. 15.

January 17, 2001 USS Gettysburg departed homeport for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) A in the Gulf of Mexico.

February 1, Capt. Dennis T. Stokowski relieved Capt. David C. Beam as CO of the Gettysburg during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship while at anchor off the coast of Florida.

From Feb. 27 through March 27, the Gettysburg was underway for COMPTUEX B in the Puerto Rican OPAREA and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) in the Cherry Point OPAREA.

April 21, The guided-missile cruiser departed Naval Station Mayport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

April 25, USS Gettysburg departed Mayport for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment as part of the USS Enterprise Battle Group. Conducted NSFS off Vieques, Puerto Rico, from April 29-30.

May 10, The Gettysburg arrived in Mehon, Spain, for a three-day visit to Menorca Island. Port call to Civitavecchia, Italy, from May 25-29.

June 6, CG 64 arrived in Malaga, Spain, for a three-day port visit. Port call to Naval Station Rota from June 10-11 before participated in a multi-national exercise Tapon through June 21, in the Alboran Sea; Brief stop in Rota, Spain, on June 22.

July 3, USS Gettysburg pulled into Marseille, France, for a six-day port visit. Port calls to Split, Croatia, (July 23-27); Valletta, Malta, (Aug. 1-6); and Rhodes, Greece, (Aug. 11-14).

August 22, The Gettysburg arrived in Aksaz naval base for a five-day visit to Marmaris, Turkey.

September 3, The guided-missile cruisee moored alongside USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) in La Maddalena, Italy, for a six-day upkeep. Port call to Gibraltar from Oct. 11-14.

October 24, USS Gettysburg returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

December 3, The Gettysburg commenced a nine-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) while pierside at Naval Station Mayport. Underway for sea trials from Feb. 20-22, 2002; underway for local operations from March 4-8.

March 16, CG 64 served as a support ship for the test launch of a D-5 Inter-continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), off the coast of Port Canaveral, Fla. Inport Port Canaveral from March 16-19; Underway for local operations from April 8-12 and 22-26th.

May 16, USS Gettysburg departed Mayport for Prospective Commanding Officer (PCO) operations in the Puerto Rican OPAREA. Inport Roosevelt Roads from May 19-20; port visit to St. Maarten, U.S. Virgin Islands, from May 24-28; Returned home on May 31; Underway for Aviation Certification from Jule 3-7.

June 13, The Gettysburg arrived in Baltimore, Md., for a four-day port visit. Underway for local operations from July 15-19 and Aug. 5-8; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Aug. 9; Underway in the Jacksonville Op. Area from Aug. 26-30.

September 16, USS Gettysburg arrived in Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a six-day port visit.

September 17, Capt. Edward S. Hebner relieved Capt. Dennis T. Stokowski as the 8th CO of CG 64.

The Gettysburg was underway for local operations from Oct. 15-18, 28-30, Nov. 4-7, 25-26, Dec. 3-4 and 17-18th.

From January 24, through Feb. 14, 2003, USS Gettysburg was underway in the South Atlantic and Puerto Rican Op. Areas. Inport NS Roosevelt Roads from Feb. 7-8; Port visit to Nassau, Bahamas, from Feb. 10-13; Underway for Group Sail operations in the Virginia Capes and Cherry Point Op. Areas from March 12-21 and March 31- April 17.

April 28, The Gettysburg pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a three-day port visit to participate in a Fleet Week celebration.

May 3, The guided-missile cruiser rescued four civilian mariners in distress, approximately 50 miles east of Mayport, Fla. Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from June 20-24; Underway for routine training from July 16-23; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on Aug. 19; Underway for local operations from Aug. 25-26.

September 2, USS Gettysburg departed Naval Station Mayport for a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism, as part of the USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG). Group Sail operations in the Cherry Point OPAREA from Sept. 2-9.

From Sept. 10-30, the Gettysburg participated in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Jacksonville, Key West and Virginia Capes Op. Areas. Transited Suez Canal on Oct. 12. Entered the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) on Oct. 21.

October 31, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Manama, Bahrain, for a three-day port call. Supported Operation Enduring Freedom in the Gulf of Aden and North Arabian Sea from Nov. 4-16; Returned to Arabian Gulf on Nov. 17.

December 1, Spartan Scout, a rigid hull inflatable boat with an enhanced engine and hi-tech camera and sensor gear, completed an unmanned three-hour mission driven remotely from three laptop computers in the Combat Direction Center (CDC) aboard the Gettysburg. This was the first unmanned operation of the Spartan Scout from a U.S. warship at sea.

December 5, CG 64 pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for an eight-day port call. Inport Manama from Dec. 21-27.

January 14, 2004 The Gettysburg arrived again in Jebel Ali for a five-day visit to Dubai. Returned to Mediterranean on Feb. 6. Port calls to Naples, Italy, (Feb. 8-12); and Malaga, spain, (Feb. 14-17).

February 27, USS Gettysburg returned to Mayport after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

June 3, The Gettysburg departed homeport in support of the Navy's Summer Pulse 2004 initiative with the Enterprise CSG. Participated in a Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) and exercise Neo Tapon, in the Bay of Cadiz, from June 12-16.

June 18, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Glenmallan, Scotland, for a three-day port call before participating in a Royal Navy's Joint Maritime Course (JMC) 042 in the North Atlantic; Inport Portsmouth, England, from July 2-6; Participate in exercise Majestic Eagle, off the coast of Morocco, from July 11-16, Returned home on July 23; Ammo offload at NWS Yorktown from Aug. 2-4.

October 8, Capt. Philip Davidson relieved Capt. Edward S. Hebner as commanding officer of USS Gettysburg.

November 20, The Gettysburg completed a three-and-a-half month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) while pierside at Naval Station Mayport. Underway for sea trials from Dec. 14-16.

December 21, 2005 USS Gettysburg’s crew and embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) seized 244 bales of suspected illegal narcotics in mid-December in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The ship’s efforts in this, the largest of three seizures over the course of two weeks, netted an estimated 10 metric tons of cocaine and seven suspected drug traffickers. Earlier in the month, the ship seized approximately two tons of cocaine and detained six suspected traffickers while also operating in the eastern Pacific. In the Caribbean, the ship seized another 44 bales that had been dumped over the side by another suspected drug-trafficking vessel. This brings the total seizures for the ship’s deployment so far to an estimated 15 metric tons.

January 21, 2006 The Gettysburg departed Cartagena, Colombia, after a brief port visit.

April 4, USS Gettysburg returned to Naval Station Mayport after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 4th Fleet AoR that resulted in the interdiction or seizure of seven narcotics-smuggling vessels and more than 28 metric tons of cocaine and heroin. She also visited Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, for the tri-annual Caribbean Navy Days 2005.

June 2, Capt. Bill McQuilkin relieved Capt. Philip Davidson as CO of the Gettysburg.

July 6, 2007 USS Gettysburg departed homeport for a scheduled Middle East deployment with the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group.

October 30, The guided-missile cruiser is currently conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the Arabian Gulf.

November 7, Capt. Richard A. Brown relieved Capt. Bill McQuilkin as the 11th commanding officer of USS Gettysburg.

From Nov. 10-13, CG 64 participated in an Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise (ASWEX) in the North Arabian Sea.

December 19, USS Gettysburg returned to Mayport after five-and-a-half month deployment, including 71 consecutive days supporting operations in Iraq.

June 12, 2008 The Gettysburg is currently participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2008.

February 21, 2009 USS Gettysburg departed Naval Station Mayport for a scheduled deployment, as part of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) CSG.

March 20, The Gettysburg apprehended six suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden after responding to a distress call from two nearby merchant vessels.

May 13, CG 64 detains 17 suspected pirates after an attack on Egyptian Motor Vessel Amira, 75 miles south of Yemen’s al-Mukalla port.

May 28, USS Gettysburg responded to a Motor Vessel Alaseb in distress, in the Gulf of Aden, on May 26 and towed the boat to Yemeni territorial waters so the dhow could be repaired. The 11 passengers had been adrift for two days after a piston in the vessel's engine failed.

June 10, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Mombasa, Kenya, for a brief port call.

June 21, The Gettysburg recently departed Victoria, Seychelles, after a four-day port visit.

July 28, USS Gettysburg returned to Mayport after a five-month deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR.

November 13, Capt. Patrick O. Shea relieved Capt. Richard A. Brown as commanding officer of the Gettysburg in a ceremony at Echo Pier, Naval Station Mayport.

June 25, 2010 CG 64 arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to celebrate the Canadian Naval Centennial and International Fleet Review.

October 22, USS Gettysburg is currently in the Atlantic Ocean conducting training operations, as part of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) CSG.

February 14, 2011 The guided-missile cruiser departed Port Everglades, 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 Bush Carrier Strike Group.

May 10, USS Gettysburg, with an embarked detachment of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70, departed Naval Station Mayport for a scheduled deployment.

May 27, The Gettysburg arrived at HMNB Devonport for a four-day visit to England, after participating in exercise Saxon Warrior 2011.

June 6, CG 64 anchored off the coast of Benidorm, Spain, for a three-day port call.

June 11, USS Gettysburg arrived in Naples, Italy, for a scheduled port visit.

July 14, The guided-missile cruiser departed Khalifa Bin Salman Port after a four-day visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

September 6, USS Gettysburg departed Manama, Bahrain, after a six-day port call.

September 8, Capt. Robert N. Hein, Jr., relieved Capt. Patrick O. Shea as CO of the Gettysburg during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship in the Gulf of Oman.

October 14, CG 64 departed Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, after a four-day port visit to Dubai.

November 25, USS Gettysburg pulled into Malaga, Spain, for a three-day port visit.

December 8, USS Gettysburg returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

April 25, 2012 The Gettysburg pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a five-day port visit to participate in the 22nd Broward Navy Days' Fleet Week.

September 17, USS Gettysburg, with an embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46 Det. 2, departed Norfolk to participate in the multinational exercise Joint Warrior 12-2, off the coast of Scotland, from Oct. 1-11; Inport HM Naval Base Clyde in Faslane from Sept. 26-30.

October 13, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Portsmouth, England, for a five-day port call. Returned to homeport on Oct. 31.

February 6, 2013 The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Leon E. Panetta, has delayed the deployment of the USS Gettysburg that was scheduled to depart later this week as part of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) CSG, for the U.S. Central Command AoR, after the U.S. Navy made this request due to "budget uncertainty."

March 21, Capt. Charles B. Cooper, II relieved Capt. Robert N. Hein, Jr., as CO of the Gettysburg during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Station Mayport.

May 26, CG 64 recently returned to homeport after a two-week Group Sail with the USS Harry S. Truman CSG. The pre-deployment workups culminated with participation in Submarine Commander’s Course at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range off Andros Island, Bahamas.

May 31, The Gettysburg departed Mayport for the last Sustainment Exercise (SUSTAINEX) as part of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10.

July 22, USS Gettysburg departed Naval Station Mayport for a Middle East deployment, six months later than scheduled; Entered the Mediterranean Sea on Aug. 3.

August 5, USS Gettysburg pulled into Marseille, France, for a four-day port visit. Transited Suez Canal on Aug. 18.

September 18, The guided-missile cruiser moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a five-day port call. Inport Jebel Ali, U.A.E., from Oct. 25-29; Inport Bahrain again on Dec. 22.

February 19, 2014 USS Gettysburg moored at Berth 1, Sultan Qaboos Port in Muscat, Oman, for a three-day port call. Transited Suez Canal northbound on March 28.

April 2, The Gettysburg moored at Milhaud Pier 4W in Toulon Naval Base, France, for a liberty port visit.

April 18, USS Gettysburg returned to Mayport after a nine-month deployment.

May 19, CG 64 is currently underway at the AUTEC range for Submarine Commander’s Course (SCC) 40.

July 30, BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Mayport was awarded an $54,7 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4406) for a Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) to include structural work and extensive repairs and maintenance onboard USS Gettysburg. Work is expected to be completed by April 2015.

August 18, USS Gettysburg departed Naval Station Mayport to participate in Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX), with the ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 2, in the Cherry Point Op. Area.