USS HUE CITY
CG 66
  
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The Hue City (CG 66) is the U.S. Navy's 20th Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser and the only ship named after a battle of the Vietnam War. Her keel was laid down on February 20, 1989 at Litton - Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard in Pascagoula, MS. She was launched on June 1, 1990, and christened on July 21, 1991, by her sponsor, Mrs. Jo Ann Cheatham, the wife of Lieutenant General Earnest C. Cheatham, Jr., USMC (Ret.). Capt. Thomas I. Eubanks is the prospective commanding officer.

September 14, 1991 USS Hue City was commissioned during a ceremony at Pascagoula, Miss.

September 24, The Hue City arrived at its homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for the first time. Magnetic deperming at Lambert's Point, Virginia, from Oct. 9-11; Inport Naval Station Norfolk, Va., from Oct. 12-16; Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., from Oct. 17-18.

October 24, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Annapolis, Md., for a four-day port visit to support the academy's homecoming weekend. Returned to Mayport on Oct. 30.

From Nov. 5 through Dec. 16, USS Hue City was underway for testing in the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range, off Andros Island, Bahamas, and Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) in the Puerto Rican Op. Area. Port calls to Freeport, Bahamas, (Nov. 14-18); NS Roosevelt Roads, P.R., (Nov. 22-25); St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, (Nov. 27- Dec. 1); and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, (Dec. 10-13).

January 14, 1992 The Hue City underway for Independent Steaming Exercises (ISE) in the Jacksonville OPAREA. Refresher Training (REFTRA) in Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from Jan. 21- Feb. 16; Underway for routine training from Feb. 25-27, March 3-5, 10-13 and 17-20th; Underway for final contract trials from March 31- April 1.

April 20, USS Hue City arrived in Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., for a two-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA); Underway for sea trials on June 20; Returned to Naval Station Mayport on July 2.

July 8, CG 66 arrived in Nassau, Bahamas, for a four-day port visit. Returned home on July 13; Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown, Va., from July 22-24; Port visit to Annapolis, Md., from July 24-28; Inport Norfolk from July 29-31; Inport Guantanamo Bay from Aug. 3-4; Brief stop at Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles, on Aug. 17; Inport Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, from Aug. 30-31; Returned home on Sept. 4; Underway for local operations from Oct. 1-5; Underway for operations with the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) BG from Oct. 9-19; Port call to Port Everglades, Fla., from Oct. 13-18.

November 16, USS Hue City departed Mayport for a three-week Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) 2-93.

January 15, 1993 The guided-missile cruiser departed homeport for Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX). Inport Naval Station Norfolk from Jan. 27- Feb. 1; Returned to Mayport on Feb. 12; Inport Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C., for ammunition onload from Feb. 23-24; Underway for Dependent's Day Cruise on March 3.

March 11, USS Hue City departed Naval Station Mayport for its maiden deployment as part of the USS Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group. Entered the Mediterranean Sea on March 23.

April 12, The Hue City arrived in Venice, Italy, for a week-long port visit. Anchored alongside destroyer tender USS Shenandoah (AD 44) at Augusta Bay, Sicily, on May 14 for a five-day upkeep.

May 20, USS Hue City arrived in Corfu, Greece, for a six-day visit. Assumed the duties of Redcrown in the Adriatic Sea on May 27, where it was responsible for all air surveillance and aircraft control in direct support of NATO operations Provide Promise and Deny Flight; Inport Trieste, Italy, from June 21-25.

July 12, CG 66 anchored off the coast of Cannes for a week-long visit to France. Anchored off Theoule-sur-Mer, France, from July 19-29.

July 27, Capt. Clement H. Ward relieved Capt. Thomas I. Eubanks as commanding officer of the USS Hue City.

July 30, The Hue City pulled into La Maddalena, Sardinia, for a five-day upkeep with USS Simon Lake (AS 33). Resumed Adriatic Redcrown operations on Aug. 6; Turnover with USS Normandy (CG 60) on Aug. 26; Anhcored off Bermuda on Sept. 5 to pick up "Tigers."

September 8, USS Hue City returned to Mayport after a six-month Mediterranean deployment.

From October 26-28, the Hue City was at NWS Charleston, S.C., to offload ammo. Departed Naval Station Mayport for Dependent's Day Cruise on Oct. 29; Inport Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., from Nov. 5-7.

November 9, USS Hue City conducted its first ever Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) Operational Test Launch (OTL) in the Gulf of Mexico. Returned home on Nov. 10; Commenced Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) on Nov. 15; Underway for sea trials from Jan. 20-21, 1994; Ammo onload at NWS Charleston from Feb. 1-3; Underway for local operations from Feb. 7-8.

February 22, The Hue City departed Mayport for counter-narcotics operations in the eastern Pacific.

February 25, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, for a brief port call before conducting Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) qualifications off Vieques Island, P.R.

March 3, USS Hue City arrived at Rodman Naval Base in Balboa, Panama, for an overnight stop after transiting Panama Canal. Port visit to Panama from March 15-19; Returned to Caribbean on March 29; Anchored off Cartagena, Colombia, on March 30 for a brief stop to refuel; Port visit to Ponce, Puerto Rico, from April 1-4; Returned home on April 7; Underway for local operations from April 25-27 and 28-29th.

April 12, While conducting routine training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Hue City was directed to serve as Destroyer Squadron 22 flagship in support of United Nations sanctions against Haiti; Underway on May 13 after a four-day port call; Inport Guantanamo Bay from May 24-26 after relieved as DESRON 22 flagship by USS Scott (DDG 995); Returned to Mayport on May 28; Underway for routine training from June 6-10; Underway again on June 13; Inport NAS Pensacola from June 17-28; Brief stop at Port Canaveral, Fla., on June 30 to emark "Tigers" en route home.

July 14, CG 66 pulled into Guantanamo Bay for a brief port call before conducting counter-drug operations in the Caribbean Sea. Returned home on July 31; Underway for local operations from Aug. 22-25, Aug. 26- Sept. 1, Sept. 13-16, Sept. 20-23 and Oct. 4-6.

November 9, The Hue City departed Naval Station Mayport to participate in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) 2-94. Port call to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Nov. 23-26; Ammo onload at NWS Charleston from Dec. 9-14; Returned home on Dec. 15.

March 22, 1995 USS Hue City departed homeport for a scheduled deployment with the Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group.

She took station in the Red Sea, where provided air coverage and support to the Combat Air Patrols enforcing the no-fly zone in southern Iraq. In May, after a port visit to Cannes, France, the ship entered the Adriatic Sea to act as Redcrown.

July 26, Capt. Theodore L. Kaye relieved Capt. Clement H. Ward as the 3rd CO of CG 66. Returned to Mayport in September; The year ended with the ship's second SRA.

In March 1996, the Hue City conducted TLAM Operational Test Launch (OTL) in the Gulf of Mexico followed by the NSFS in the Vieques.

May 24, USS Hue City departed homeport for Baltic Sea to participate in operations involving forty-eight ships from thirteen nations. The operations focused on tracking air, surface and subsurface targets in a multinational task force; Returned to Mayport on July 19.

April 29, 1997 USS Hue City departed Mayport for its third deployment to the Mediterranean Sea as Air Warfare Commander for the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Battle Group. She operated in the Adriatic Sea, overseeing all air activity in support of naval operations.

July 5, Capt. Patrick T. Cassidy relieved Capt. Theodore L. Kaye as commanding officer of the Hue City.

October 28, USS Hue City returned to homeport after a six-month deployment. She participated in exercises ILLES D'Or, INVITEX, Shark Hunt '97 and supported Operation Deliberate Guard in the Adriatic Sea.

In early 1998, the Hue City received the installation of Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) equipment. This capability represents the leading edge of air warfare, enabling her to launch a missile against an enemy target that is being tracked by another vessel. CEC brings new capability to air defense, not by adding new radars or weapon systems, but by distributing sensor and weapons data from existing systems in a new and significantly different manner.

August 22, CG 66 emergency sortied from Naval Station Mayport to avoid the Hurricane Bonnie. In December, the ship visted Port Everglades, Fla., conducted anti-submarine exercises and participated in CEC testing.

In the Spring of 1999, USS Hue City sailed for the Caribbean Sea for counter-narcotics operations. She spent the Summer in the Baltic Sea with Commander, Carrier Group Two, participating in exercises with more than 50 ships from nations belonging to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Partnership For Peace.

June 19, The Hue City recently moored outboard the USS Vicksburg (CG 69) in Kiel, Germany, for a scheduled port visit.

June 23, Capt. Craig R. Knouse relieved Capt. Patrick T. Cassidy as CO of the USS Hue City.

The Hue City took part in the Carribean Phase Task Group of the 41st annual UNITAS Naval exercise, as the flagship. The Caribbean Phase, hosted by the U.S. Navy, commenced March 19, 2000, with a multi-national task force port visit to Cartagena, Colombia, including four U.S. navy ships. This phase ended April 10th with a port call to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; CG 66 took part in International Naval Review in New York Harbor on July 4 and then participated in Operation Sail (OPSAIL) in Boston, Mass., and Tall Ships OPSAIL in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

January 11, 2001 Capt. Richard G. Hoffman, Jr., relieved Capt. Craig R. Knouse as the 6th CO of Hue City.

September 11, The guided-missile cruiser departed Mayport for Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) but quickly joined the USS George Washington Carrier Battle Group in support of Operation Noble Eagle, the defense and humanitarian efforts off the coast of New York in response to the terrorist attacks.

January 19, 2002 USS Hue City departed homeport for a week-long Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 02-1, as part of the JFK Battle Group.

February 7, USS Hue City Hull departed Naval Station Mayport for a scheduled Middle East deployment in support of Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO). Hull repairs at Naval Station Norfolk from Feb. 12-15 after participating in Phase II of JTFEX.

February 25, The Hue City pulled into Valletta, Malta, for a four-day port visit. Transited Suez Canal on March 4; Assumed duties as CTF-150 Air Defense Commander on April 8.

From April 9-11, CG 66 fired hundreds of 5-inch rounds, in support of Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (MEUEX) 2002, at more than 60 targets that included tanks, bunkers, and various military vehicles, during a Naval Gun Fire Support (NGFS) exercise off the coast of Djibouti, Africa. The ship joined the USS Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit to conduct this first of its kind exercise in this little-known region of northeast Africa.

April 17, USS Hue City arrived in Manama, Bahrain, for a four-day port call. Inport Mina Salman Port again from May 20-25; Returned to Mediterranean on July 2.

July 4, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Aksaz Naval Base for a five-day visit to Marmaris, Turkey. Port call to Souda Bay, Greece, from July 18-22.

July 27, The Hue City arrived in Rijeka, Croatia, for a five-day port visit. Inport Naval Station Rota, Spain, from Aug. 5-9; Brief stop at Norfolk on Aug. 15 to embark "Tigers."

August 17, USS Hue City returned to Mayport after a six-month deployment.

From Oct. 6-9, the Hue City was at Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., for to offload ammunition. Port visit to Boston, Mass., from Oct. 10-15.

October 25, Capt. Orrin W. Young relieved Capt. Richard G. Hoffman, Jr., as CO of CG 66 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Station Mayport.

October 31, USS Hue City entered the dry-dock at Atlantic Marine shipyard on Fanning Island for an Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA).

August 20, 2004 USS Hue City departed Naval Station Mayport for a scheduled deployment, as part of USS Saipan (LHA 2) Expeditionary Strike Group, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

October 4, USS Hue City, along with Russian ships RFNS ADM Levchenko and RFNS Severomorsk, pulled into Stavanger, Norway, after completing the first bilateral exercise, Northern Eagle 2004, between the Russian Northern Fleet and U.S. warships. Northern Eagle '04 is a four-day exercise in the North Sea, aimed to enhance security cooperation and promote interoperability and understanding between the two navies. After two days of pre-planning and training, the ships sailed from the port city of Stavanger and completed 13 training phases of the exercise.

December 12, Capt. Peter F. Grause relieved Capt. Orrin W. Young as commanding officer of the Hue City.

January 3, 2005 USS Hue City rescued five of seven mariners, 45 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia, while steaming in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

January 8, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Victoria, Syechelles, for a five-day port visit.

February 13, USS Hue City returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

April 18, 2006 The Hue City departed Naval Station Mayport along with the USS Trenton (LPD 14), homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, as a part of the Surface Strike Group (GWOT SSG) 06-2.

September 7, The guided-missile cruiser is currently part of the Joint Task Force Lebanon, along with USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Barry (DDG 52) and USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196), in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

October 6, USS Hue City returned to Mayport, Fla., after completing a surge deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO) around the Horn of Africa and relief operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

December 15, Capt. Michael J. Jacobsen relieved Capt. Peter F. Grause as the 9th CO of USS Hue City.

April 3, 2007 The Hue City is currently participating in a Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) with the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group.

May 23, CG 66 pulled into New York City to participate in annual Fleet Week celebration.

November ?, USS Hue City departed Mayport for a scheduled deployment with the USS Harry S. Truman CSG.

November 20, The Hue City arrived in Naples, Italy, for a six-day port visit.

December 13, CG 66 rescued six Pakistani crew members from a sinking dhow in the Gulf of Oman. The Hue City later transferred the rescued mariners to the Pakistani frigate PNS Barbur (F 182).

December 23, The guided-missile cruiser recently pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a routine port call.

June 4, 2008 USS Hue City returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO) and the global war on terrorism.

July 30, Capt. Anthony W. Swain relieved Capt. Michael J. Jacobsen as commanding officer of the Hue City.

September 18, 2009 The Hue City is currently participating in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 09-4, as part of the Truman Carrier Strike Group, in preparation for the upcoming deployment early next year.

January 2, 2010 USS Hue City departed Naval Station Mayport for a scheduled Middle East deployment with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) CSG.

July 12, Capt. Paul A. Stader relieved Capt. Anthony W. Swain as CO of the Hue City during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship in the Mediterranean Sea.

July 27, USS Hue City returned to Mayport after a seven-month deployment in support of maritime security operations.

September 29, CG 66 entered the dry-dock at BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards for a six-month Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA). The Hue City is the second ship at Naval Station Mayport to go through the modification process as part of Cruiser Modernization program that will extend the service life of the ship to 35 years.

October 1, 2011 USS Hue City departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

March 19, 2012 The Hue City is currently underway for a Group Sail operations, as part of the Eisenhower CSG, in preparation for the upcoming deployment later this year.

March 29, Capt. Daniel B. Uhls relieved Capt. Paul A. Stader as CO of CG 66 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Naval Station Mayport.

April 24, USS Hue City is currently underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).

June 20, USS Hue City departed Mayport for a scheduled nine-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

July 3, The Hue City anchored off the coast of Cannes, France, for a four-day port visit.

July 18, The guided-missile cruiser transited Suez Canal after a port call to Souda Bay, Greece.

August 15, USS Hue City rendered medical assistance and provided food, water and fuel to an Iranian-flagged dhow M/V Payam, approximately 45 miles southeast of Muscat, Oman.

October 23, The Hue City recently moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port in Hiidd, Bahrain, for a scheduled port visit.

December 19, USS Hue City returned to Naval Station Mayport after a six-month deployment.

February 21, 2013 CG 66 departed homeport for a Middle East deployment, as part of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CSG.

March 6, USS Hue City arrived in Alicante, Spain, for a four-day port visit. Transited Suez Canal on March 16.

April 23, The Hue City moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP), Bahrain, for a five-day port call. Inport Jebel Ali, U.A.E., from May 27-30; Transited Suez Canal northbound on June 13.

June 18, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for a four-day port visit. Brief stop at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on July 1.

July 3, USS Hue City returned to Mayport after more than a four-month deployment.

February 28, 2014 Capt. Wyatt N. Chidester relieved Capt. Daniel B. Uhls as the 12th CO of Hue City during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

March 14, USS Hue City moored at Berth 1, GPA's Ocean Terminal in Savannah, Ga., for a three-day port visit to participate in St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

April 11, USS Hue City departed Naval Station Mayport for a surge Mediterranean deployment.

April 14, A fire broke out at 6:20 p.m. aboard the Hue City, in the #1 gas turbine generator, 200 nautical miles northeast of Bermuda. The fire spread through the stacks to the first and third decks, spawning smaller fires. There were no injuries; Retured home for damage assessment on April 18.

May 30, Earl Industries L.L.C. doing business as NASSCO-Mayport was awarded a $23,2 million contract action for Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV) to include structural damage and aluminum welding onboard the USS Hue City. This effort covers repairs to the superstructure including the main propulsion gas turbine intake. Other work to be performed involves electrical equipment and cable replacement, lagging and insulation, exhaust vent ducting, vane axial fans, deck drain piping, watertight doors and metal joiner doors. Work is expected to be completed by November.

June 26, Rear Adm. Victorino G. Mercado, Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, relieved of duty Lt. Cmdr. John Liddle as executive officer of Hue City. He was found guilty of failure to comply with procedures that could have prevented the fire aboard the ship on April 14.