USS LAKE ERIE
CG 70
  
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The Lake Erie (CG 70) is the 24th Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser and was named for the decisive USN victory in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. Her keel was laid down at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, on March 6, 1990, and she was launched on July 13, 1991. The ship was christened by Mrs. Margaret Meyer, the wife of Rear Adm. Wayne E. Meyer. Capt. William H. Parks, Jr., is the prospective commanding officer.

May 12, 1993 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Lake Erie departed Bath Iron Works for the last time. Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., from May 17-19; Inport Naval Station Norfolk, Va., from May 21-26; Port visit to Kingston, Jamaica, from June 5-8.

June 11, The guided-missile cruiser moored at Naval Station Rodman after transiting Panama, Canal, for a brief stop to refuel. Inport Naval Station San Diego, Calif., from June 21-28 in preparation for Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS) qualifications off San Clemente Island.

July 9, PCU Lake Erie arrived in its homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a 57-day transit from Bath, Maine.

July 24, USS Lake Erie was commissioned during a ceremony at Pearl Harbor.

From August 23-27, the Lake Erie was underway for local operations. Underway for Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) in the Barking Sands Op. Area, off the western coast of Kauai, from Sept. 8-23; Underway for Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) from Nov. 2-4; Underway for final contract trials from Nov. 15-19; Ammo offload at Naval Magazine Lualualei from Nov. 22-23.

November 30, USS Lake Erie entered the Dry Dock #4 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Departed dry-dock on Jan. 5, 1994; Installation of Tomahawk Weapons System Block III from Feb. 3-14; Underway for sea trials on Feb. 24; Magnetic deperming at MSF in Beckoning Point, Pearl Harbor, from March 7-10; Ammo onload at Lualualei from March 14-16; Underway for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) II from March 21-31.

From May 2-6, CG 70 was underway for TSTA III in the Hawaiian OPAREA. Underway for Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) from May 16-20.

May 25, USS Lake Erie departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor to participate in a multi-national Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) '94 exercise. Returned home on June 17.

From July 6-12, the Lake Erie was underway in support of Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) project 623-2, SM-2 Block IV Developmental Test.

July 21, Capt. Ronald A. Route relieved Capt. William H. Parks, Jr., as CO of the Lake Erie. Emergency sotie from Pearl Harbor to avoid the hurricane from July 22-23.

From July 25-31, CG 70 was underway in support of CNO project 623-1, SM-2 Block IIIA Follow-On Operational Test and Evaluation at the Pacific Missile Test Facility Barking Sands.

From August 12 through Sept. 29, the Lake Erie was underway for Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX) off the coast of southern California.

From Oct. 3-7, USS Lake Erie was underway in support of CNO project 623-2, SM-2 Block IV Developmental Test and initial Operational Test and Evaluation. She is one of the first U.S. Navy ships to receive TBMD system modifications and SM2 Block IVA missiles, as part of the US Navy Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (TBMD).

November 15, USS Lake Erie departed Pearl Harbor for its maiden deployment as part of the USS Constellation (CV 64) Battle Group.

December 6, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, for a four-day port visit after participating in exericse Beach Chrest '95, off Okinawa, from Dec. 2-6; Port call to Busan, ROK, from Dec. 15-17.

December 22, USS Lake Erie moored at HMS Tamar Pier in Hong Kong for a five-day port visit. Port call to Singapore from Dec. 31- Jan. 3.

January 12, 1995 The Lake Erie anchored at Bahrain Bell-Sitrah anchorage for the inchop brief with Naval Central Command (NAVCENT).

January 13, CG 70 moored outboard USS Cape Cod (AD 43) in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a six-day maintenance availability.

From Jan. 23-30, USS Lake Erie conducted Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) in the North Arabian Gulf (NAG).

February 17, The Lake Erie arrived in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, for a two-day port call after participating in an ASW exercise SHAREM 110, in the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, from Feb. 6-17; Supported Operation United Shield, off the coast of Somalia, from Feb. 24- March 3.

From March 4-21, USS Lake Erie operated in the northern Red Sea as Tomahawk Ready Strike Ship/Strike Coordinator. Port call to Hurghada, Egypt, from March 14-17.

April 7, The Lake Erie pulled into Fremantle, Australia, for a four-day visit to Perth.

April 22, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Darwin, Australia, for a four-day port call in conjunction with the Anzac Day after participating in ASW exercise in Timor Sea. Inport Apra Harbor, Guam, from May 2-6 to offload Tomahawk missiles and to embark "Tigers."

May 15, USS Lake Erie returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

June 16, The Lake Erie departed homeport for a three-day Dependent's Cruise to Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i. Underway for CNO project 1459 from June 23-30; Ammo offload at Lualualei from July 24-25; Underway for testing of AN/WSN-5 from July 25-27; Commenced a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) on July 31; Underway for sea trials from Sept. 21-22; Ammo onload from Oct. 2-4; Underway for CNO project 1475 from Oct. 5-10 and 19-27th; Underway again on Oct. 30.

November 8, CG 70 arrived in Naval Station San Diego for a week-long training availability after conducting NGFS qualifications off San Clemente. Returned to Pearl Harbor on Nov. 21; Underway for CNO project 1475, Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC)/Mountain Top testing, from Dec. 1-7; Underway for Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART) II from Dec. 24-25.

From January 12-23 and Jan. 28- Feb. 2, 1996, USS Lake Erie was underway again in support of CNO project 1475. Underway for TSTA I from Feb. 12-16 and 20-23rd; Underway for TSTA II from April 8-12 and 15-19th; Underway for Limited Type Training from May 6-10; Underway for RIMPAC '96 from June 4-17; Underway for Teamwork North/TSTA III from June 24-28.

July 9, Capt. Lerroy W. Chapple relieved Capt. Ronald A. Route as CO of CG 70.

From July 30- Aug. 1, the Lake Erie was underway for Final Evaluation Problem (FEP). Underway for Type Training from Sept. 17-20; Guest Cruise to Lahaina, Maui, from Sept. 20-22; Underway for Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) qualifications off San Clemente on Oct. 16; Inport Naval Station San Diego, Calif., from Oct. 25- Nov. 1; Underway for COMPTUEX from Nov. 1-8 and 13-19th; Returned home on Nov. 26.

January 9, 1997 USS Lake Erie departed Pearl Harbor to participate in FLEETEX 97-1 in the SOCAL Op. Area. Inport San Diego from Jan. 15-16; Inport Port Hueneme, Calif., for technical assist to NSWC from Jan. 27-28; Inport Naval Station San Diego again from Jan. 28- Feb. 10 for training and maintenance availability; Underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) from Feb. 10-21; Returned home on Feb. 28; Underway for ammo onload and sea trials from April 1-2.

April 8, USS Lake Erie departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled Middle East deployment with the USS Constellation Battle Group.

April 24, The Lake Erie pulled into Sydney, Australia, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Albany, Australia, from May 2-6; Entered the Arabian Gulf on May 21.

May 22, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a four-day port call.

June 14, USS Lake Erie pulled into Mina Zayed port for a two-day visit to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Inport Jebel Ali again from June 19-24; Liberty visit to Abu Dhabi from July 3-6.

July 20, CG 70 pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a week-long upkeep. Anchored at Bahrain Bell from July 28- Aug. 3; Departed Arabian Gulf on Aug. 5; Participated in exercise Inspired Union with Pakistan Navy, in the North Arabian Sea, from Aug. 8-12.

August 22, USS Lake Erie anchored off Phuket, Thailand, for a five-day port visit.

September 2, The guided-missile cruiser moored to buoy in Victoria Harbour for a five-day port visit to Hong Kong. Conducted NSFS qualifications off Guam from Sept. 12-13.

September 21, USS Lake Erie returned to Pearl Harbor after five-and-a-half month deployment.

From Oct. 22-23, the Lake Erie was moored at Naval Magazine Lualualei for ammunition offload. Underway for routine training on Nov. 12; Dependent's Cruise to Kailua Kona from Nov. 14-17; Underway for Type Training from Dec. 9-10.

March 7, 1998 CG 70 returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after a two-day sea trials, completing the nine-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at PHNSY; Underway for INSURV rehearsal from April 5-6; Ammo onload at Lualualei from April 7-8; Underway for routine training from April 8-9; Underway for INSURV assessment on April 21; Underway for TSTA I from May 5-8, 12-14 and 20-22; Underway for Dependent's Cruise to Lahaina, Maui, from May 15-18; Underway for TSTA II from June 23-25, June 30- July 2 and July 7-8; Underway for ECERT from July 13-14.

July 24, USS Lake Erie moored at Aloha Tower Marketplace in downtown Honolulu for a three-day visit to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the commissioning of the ship. Underway for TSTA III/FEP from July 27-31; Underway for sea trials to test Linebacker software from Sept. 29- Oct. 1.

October 9, Capt. Leonard W. Capello relieved Capt. Lerroy W. Chapple as the 4th commanding officer of Lake Erie.

From Oct. 19-22, CG 70 was underway for helicopter work-ups and environmental health survey. Underway for Linebacker tracking exercise from Nov. 16-20; Underway for MISSILEX from Dec. 7-11.

January 7, 1999 USS Lake Erie anchored off the coast of Lahaina, Maui, for a four-day port visit.

February 12, The Lake Erie departed Pearl Harbor to participate in COMPTUEX 99-1 in the SOCAL Op. Area. Inport Naval Station San Diego from Feb. 18-19 and March 12-18; Returned home on March 25; Underway for FLEETEX on April 19.

April 27, USS Lake Erie pulled into San Francisco, Calif., for a four-day port visit. Inport San Diego from May 3-6; Returned to Pearl Harbor on May 19.

June 19, USS Lake Erie departed homeport for a scheduled deployment as part of the Connie Battle Group. Participated in ASWEX and JTFEX in the Hawaiian Op. Area fom June 24-30.

July 11, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Naval Base Sasebo, Japan, for a five-day port call.

July 23, The Lake Erie pulled into Busan, Republic of Korea, for a three-day port call. Inport Inchon, ROK, from July 27-31; Port visit to Singapore from Aug. 10-14.

August 17, USS Lake Erie pulled into Port Klang, Malaysia, for a two-day visit to Kuala Lumpur. Entered the Arabian Gulf on Aug. 28 in support of Maritime Interception Operations (MIO); Inport Manama, Bahrain, from Aug. 29- Sept. 4 and Sept. 13-16.

October 2, The Lake Erie arrived in Jubail naval base, Saudi Arabia, for a three-day port call before participating in at sea-phase of exercise Red Reef 10 with the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) ARG. Inport Jubail again from Oct. 12-14; Port call to Manama from Oct. 19-22.

October 31, CG 70 pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day visit to Dubai. Departed Arabian Gulf on Nov. 5.

November 21, The Lake Erie arrived in Adelaide, Australia, for a four-day port visit. Port calls to Melbourne (Nov. 26- Dec. 1) and Sydney (Dec. 2-6); Brief stop in Pago Pago to embark "Tigers" from Dec. 10-11.

December 17, USS Lake Erie returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

January 6, 2000 The guided-missile cruiser departed Pearl Harbor for a four-day Friends and Family Cruise to Lahaina.

February 16, USS Lake Erie entered the Dry Dock # 4 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for a three-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Fitted with AEGIS Light Exo-Atmospheric Projectile (LEAP) Intercept (ALI) system for Navy's theater-wide use; Moved to berth B13 on April 11; Underway for sea trials from May 11-12 and 21-23rd; Underway in support of Pacific Blitz, at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, off Kauai, from May 30- June 9; Underway for CART II from June 26-30; Underway in support of Flight Test Round (FTR-1) from July 11-16.

July 14, The Lake Erie lanched the prototype SM-3 missile and engaged the ballistic missile Dynamic Test Track (DTT) that was generated and "injected" into the ship's ALI system. The Standard Missile 3 is the Navy's new exo-atmospheric missile developed to counter theater ballistic missile (TBM) threats outside the atmosphere.

July 28, CG 70 departed homeport to conduct Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) qualifications off San Clement. Inport Naval Station San Diego from Aug. 3-14.

August 16, USS Lake Erie pulled into Port Hueneme, Calif., for a five-day visit to Naval Surface Warfare Center to recieve technical assistance.

August 24, The Lake Erie anchored off Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a four-day port visit. Returned to Pearl Harbor on Sept. 5; Underway in support of Navy Task Group (NTG) 2000 joint exercise from Oct. 2-7; Friends and Family Cruise to Kailua Kona from Nov. 2-6; Underway for local operations from Dec. 5-6.

December 12, Capt. John J. Hammerer, Jr., relieved Capt. Leonard W. Capello as CO of the USS Lake Erie.

January 25, 2001 The Lake Erie launched an SM-3 missile, as part of the ALI Flight Test Round (FTR-1A), demonstrating third stage airframe stability and control through nominal kinetic warhead fourth stage separation.

From Jan. 29- Feb. 2, the guided-missile cruiser was underway for PCO submarine screening operations.

February 9, USS Lake Erie sortied from Pearl Harbor to assist along with Coast Guard boats and cutters with rescue efforts after USS Greeneville (SSN 772) struck a Japanese fishing vessel at approximately 1:45 p.m. (HST), about nine miles south of the Diamond Head crater, off Honolulu, Hawaii.

February 19, The Lake Erie arrived in Kwajalein missile range, off Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands, for the TMD critical measurement program 3B test. Inport Majuro from Feb. 23-25; Participated in MISSILEX at the Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands from March 7-9.

March 27, CG 70 pulled into Naval Station Everett, Wash., for a brief stop after participating in a two-week annual exercise Northern Edge, off the southern coast of Alaska. Port visit to Vancouver, B.C., Canada, from March 28- April 1; Inport Seattle, Wash., from April 2-6; Returned home on April 12; Underway for Pacific Midshipmen training from June 5-8, June 11-15 and July 9-13.

July 21, USS Lake Erie emergency sortied to provide assistance to fishing vessel in distress, approx. 900 n.m. southeast of Oahu. Underway for routine training from Aug. 6-10; Underway for local operations from Aug. 27-29.

September 9, The Lake Erie departed Pearl Harbor for Group Sail operations with the USS Constellation BG, while on transit to San Diego. Supported Operation Noble Eagle, off the coast of southern California, from Sept 11 through Oct. 8; NSFS qualifications off San Clemente Island from Oct. 8-11; Returned home on Oct. ?.

November 8, USS Lake Erie departed homeport with the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Battle Group for a transit to San Diego for Group Sail operations with the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) BG. Commenced a four-week maintenance availability while pierside at Naval Station Pearl Harbor on Dec. 21; Underway for sea trials from Jan. 16-18; Underway in support of Flight Mission (FM-2) on Jan. 22.

January 25, 2002 USS Lake Erie, stationed approx. 250 n.m. northwest of Hawaii, fired and guided an SM-3 missile that intercepted an Aries target missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on the island of Kauai, at 4 p.m. local time. The SM-3 acquired, tracked and diverted toward the target, demonstrating SM-3 fourth-stage Kinetic Warhead (KW) guidance, navigation and control. Although not a primary objective, during this early developmental test, the KW was aimed at the target, resulting in a hit-to-kill intercept at approximately 4.18 p.m. It was the fourth in a planned series of nine developmental test flights for the SMD program.

From March 25-28, the Lake Erie was underway for ammo onload at Lualualei and sea trials after a two-month SRA.

April 6, CG 70 departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for series of BMD tests in and around the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Departed Kwajalein on April 14; Port call to Sydney, Australia, from April 23-29; Another visit to Kwajalein Atoll from May 6-7; Returned home on May 12; Underway for FM-3 Waterfront Integration Testing (WIT) from June 3-6; Underway for Flight Mission 3 test on June 10.

June 13, USS Lake Erie fired an SM-3 missile, at 3:29 p.m. Hawaiian Standard Time, that successfully intercepted an Aries target missile. Returned home on June 15; Underway for local operations from June 18-21; Underway for biannual exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) '02 and Pacific Blitz from June 28- July 18; Underway for Friends and Family Day Cruise on Aug. 9; Underway again on Aug. 13; Inport Naval Station San Diego from Aug. 20-28 for Cruise Missile Tactical Qualification (CMTQ); Underway for Mid-Cycle Assessment from Aug. 28-30; Inport San Diego again from Aug. 30- Sept. 9.

September 12, The Lake Erie arrived in San Francisco, Calif., for a five-day port visit.

September 14, Capt. Scott T. Anhalt relieved Capt. John J. Hammerer, Jr., as CO of CG 70.

September 19, USS Lake Erie successfully tracked an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile with the SPY-1 as part of Glory Boost (GB-108). Inport San Diego from Sept. 21-24; Returned home on Oct. 1; Underway for FM-4 WIT from Nov. 12-15; Underway for FM-4 test on Nov. 18.

November 21, The Lake Erie fired an SM-3 missile that successfully intercepted an Aries target missile, launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, at 2:30 p.m. Hawaiian Standard Time. Returned home on Nov. 22.

From Dec. 4-14, the guided-missile cruiser was underway for Integrated Flight Test (IFT) 10, conducted on Dec. 11.

From January 23-25, 2003, USS Lake Erie was underway for Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART) II. Underway for TSTA from Feb. 4-7 and 10-14th; Underway for LEAR services at the PMTR from March 6-7; Underway for ammo onload at Lualualei from March 10-14; Underway for local operations from March 20-21; Underway for NSFS qualifications from March 24-28; Underway for routine training from April 2-4; Underway for INSURV assessment on April 28; Underway for UD on May 8; Underway for FM-5 Waterfront Integration Testing (WIT) and ammo onload from June 9-13; Underway for Flight Mission 5 on June 16.

June 18, CG 70 fired an experimental SM-3 Block 0 missile that failed to intercept an Aries target missile, launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility. Returned home on June 19; Underway for Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) from June 23-26.

June 30, USS Lake Erie departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a western Pacific deployment. Inport Yokosuka, Japan, from July 12-16.

July 19, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Busan naval base, ROK, for a three-day port call before participating in a Combined Special Operations Forces Exercise (CSOFEX).

August 2, The Lake Erie arrived in Fleet Activities Sasebo for a three-day port visit after participating in Operation Pacific Explorer, from July 25- Aug. 1; Returned home on Aug. 15; Underway for local operations from Aug. 28-29; Underway for FIREX I from Sept. 22-28; Underway for NSFS off San Clemente Island; Anchored off Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, from Oct. 11-13; Returned to Pearl Harbor on Oct. 21; Underway for a Friends and Family Cruise to Lahaina from Oct. 24-27; Underway for FM-6 WIT from Dec. 1-4; Underway for FM-6 on Dec. 8.

December 11, USS Lake Erie successfully tracked, engaged and destroyed an Aries ballistic missile, launched from the PMRF Barking Sands, with an experimental SM-3 Block 0 missile, at an altitude of approximately 137 kilometers; Returned home on Dec. 12; Underway for local operations and ammo offload from Jan. 14-16.

January 21, 2004 CG 70 commenced a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials and ammo onload from March 24-26; Underway for routine training from March 29- April 2 and April 15-19; Underway for FIREX II and ASW exercises in the SOCAL Op. Area on May 7; Inport Naval Base San Diego for training availability from May 21- June 3; Ammo onload at NWS Seal Beach from June 4-5; Brief stop in Astoria, Ore., from June 9-10.

June 10, USS Lake Erie pulled into Portland, Oregon, for a four-day port visit to participate in annual Rose Festival celebrations.

June 20, Capt. Joseph A. Horn, Jr., relieved Capt. Scott T. Anhalt as the 7th CO of Lake Erie during a change-of-command cereomny aboard the ship at sea, just before returning to Pearl Harbor.

June 28, The guided-missile cruiser departed homeport for ammo onload and to participate in Pacific Blitz and RIMPAC '04 exercises. Returned to Pearl Harbor on July 23.

August 23, USS Lake Erie departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment. Brief stop in Kwajalein Atoll from Aug. 30- Sept. 1.

September 9, The Lake Erie pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a two-day port call. Inport Koror, Republic of Palau, from Sept. 13-17.

September 22, CG 70 arrived in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for an eight-day training availability. Inport Chinhae, Republic of Korea, from Oct. 3-7; Port visit to Nigata, Japan, from Oct. 11-12.

October 18, The guided-missile cruiser anchored off the coast of Leyte Island, near Tacloban City, for a three-day visit to the Republic of the Philippines to support the commemorative ceremonies for the 60th Anniversary of the General McArthur's landing at Leyte Gulf.

From Oct. 29 through Nov. 19, the Leyte Gulf participated in Theater ASW Exercise (TASWEX) and Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF).

November 24, USS Leyte Gulf anchored in Victoria Harbour for a five-day port visit to Hong Kong. Brief stop in Guam on Dec. 3 to embark Afloat Training Group in support of CART II; Inport Apra Harbor from Dec. 5-9.

December 18, USS Lake Erie returned to homeport after a four-month underway period.

February 24, 2005 The Lake Erie fired an SM-3 Block IA missile, at 11:03 a.m. from its patrol area located more than 100 miles from Kauai, that successfully intercepted an Aries target missile, launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands; Returned to Pearl Harbor from Flight Test Mission (FTM) 04-1 on Feb. 25.

November 17, An SM-3 Block IA missile, launched from the Lake Erie, successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile, off the coast of Hawaii. FTM 04-2 is the first mission to utilize a target missile with a separating warhead. This was the sixth successful intercept for the sea-based element of the BMDS.

March 8, 2006 USS Lake Erie launched an SM-3 Block IA missile during a Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Japan Defense Agency cooperative flight test mission. The test entitled Joint Control Test Veichle (JCTV) 1, demonstrated the performance of the SM-3 missile modified with the Japan-designe advanced nose cone and AEGIS BMD Weapon System.

May 24, The U.S. Navy, in cooperation with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), successfully conducted a ballistic missile defense (BMD) demonstration involving the intercept of a target missile in the terminal phase (the last few seconds) of flight. The test involved an Aegis cruiser modified to detect, control and engage a ballistic missile target with a modified SM-2 Block IV missile. The Laske Erie conducted the mission against a short-range target missile launched from the PMRF Barking Sands. It was the first sea-based intercept of a ballistic missile in its terminal phase.

June 27, Capt. Randall M. Hendrickson relieved Capt. Joseph Horn, Jr. as CO of the CG 70.

December 7, USS Lake Erie failed to launch an SM-3 Block 1A missile, as part of Flight Test Mission (FTM) 11, due to fire-control malfunction because of operator error.

April 26, 2007 At approximately 11:31 a.m. Hawaii time, a short range ballistic missile target is launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands. Minutes later, a Standard Missile 3 Block IA, launched from the Lake Erie, intercepted the target 100 miles above the ocean, 250 miles northwest of Kaua'i. At the same time, the guided-missile cruiser also launched an SM-2 Block IIIA missile against a hostile air target, dropped from a Navy plane, in order to defend herself. FTM-11 event 4 is the eighth successful intercept in 10 flight tests for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program.

May 4, USS Lake Erie departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment in the western Pacific.

May 21, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a routine port visit.

July 1, The Lake Erie is currently participating in exercise Talisman Sabre 2007, off the eastern coast of Australia.

September 4, USS Lake Erie returned to homeport after a four-month underway period. Port calls to Apra Harbor, Guam; and Darwin, Australia.

November 6, At approximately 6:12 p.m. local, a short range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands. Moments later, a second, identical target was also launched from the PMRF. Two minutes later, USS Lake Erie launched two SM-3 Block 1A missiles, and after two minutes they successfully intercepted the targets outside the earth's atmosphere, more than 100 miles above the Pacific Ocean and 250 miles northwest of Kauai. FTM-13 was the 32nd and 33rd successful "hit-to-kill" intercepts since 2001.

February 20, 2008 At approximately 10:26 p.m. EST, USS Lake Erie fired a single modified tactical Standard Missile-3 (SM-3), successsfully hitting a non-functioning National Reconnaissance Office satellite, approximately 133 nautical miles over the Pacific Ocean, as it traveled in space at more than 17,000 mph and was in its final orbits before entering the earth's atmosphere. There was an explosion on impact and more than 80 pieces of debris were detected after initial assessments. The objective was to rupture the fuel tank to dissipate the approximately 1,000 pounds of hydrazine, a hazardous fuel which could be harmful, before it entered into earth's atmosphere.

April 1, Capt. Ronald A. Boxall relieved Capt. Randall M. Hendrickson as CO of the Lake Erie during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Station Pearl Harbor.

June 5, Two modified SM-2 Block IV interceptors are launched from the USS Lake Erie, as part of Flight Test Mission (FTM) 14, intercepting a short-range ballistic missile target approximately 12 miles above the Pacific Ocean and 100 miles west of Kauai, Hawaii. This was the second successful intercept in two attempts of the sea-based terminal capability and the 14th overall successful test of the Aegis BMD Program.

October 10, The guided-missile cruiser anchored off Kailua Kona, Hawai'i, in support of the 30th Ironman World Championship triathlon.

May 20, 2009 The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF) recently completed a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA), which included a Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) upgrade, on board the USS Lake Erie.

December 28, USS Lake Erie pulled into Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit. The ship recently departed Pearl Harbor for a western Pacific deployment.

January 28, 2010 CG 70 recently arrived in Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, for a routine port call.

February 1, The Lake Erie pulled into Sukumo City, Japan, for a goodwill port visit.

February 16, The guided-missile cruiser moored at Sepanggar Naval Base for a scheduled port visit to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

March 1, USS Lake Erie pulled into Laem Chabang, Thaialnd, for a scheduled port call.

March 11, The Lake Erie moored at Manila South Harbor, Republic of the Philippines, for a goodwill port visit.

April 1, USS Lake Erie returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a four-month underway period.

April 30, Capt. William C. Johnson relieved Capt. Ronald A. Boxall as CO of the Lake Erie during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Pearl Harbor.

July 7, USS Lake Erie departed homeport to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercise, off the coast of Hawaii.

May 3, 2011 The guided-missile cruiser is currently participating in exercise Trident Fury 11, designed to build a strong working relationship between the maritime and aviation forces of the U.S. and Canada, in the local waters of Victoria, B.C.

July 6, USS Lake Erie returned to Pearl Harbor after participating in the multi-national exercise Trident Fury and the joint exercise Northern Edge in the Gulf of Alaska.

September 1, The Lake Erie launched an SM-3 Block IB missile that failed to intercept the short-range ballistic missile, fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the island of Kauai, just before 4 a.m. local time. Flight Test Missile (FTM) 16 Event 2 was the first flight test of the advanced SM-3 Block 1B interceptor.

October 28, Capt. David W. Hughes relieved Capt. William C. Johnson as CO of the CG 70 during a change-of-command ceremony at the USS Nevada Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

May 9, 2012 At approximately 8:18 p.m. local, a short-range ballistic missile was launched from the PMRF Barking Sands. Two minutes later, USS Lake Erie, equipped with the second-generation Aegis BMD 4.0.1 weapon system, launched an SM-3 Block IB missile that successfully intercepted the target. Flight Test Missile (FTM) 16 Event 2a is the 22nd successful intercept in 27 flight test attempts for the Aegis BMD program.

June 26, The Lake Erie fired and guided an SM-3 Block IB missile, as part of the FTM-18, that successfully intercepted the short-range ballistic missile, fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at 11.15 p.m. local time.

July 15, The guided-missile cruiser is currently participating in a multi-national exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, in the waters off Hawaii.

February 12, 2013 At approximately 11:10 p.m. local, a medium-range ballistic missile was launched from the PMRF Barking Sands. Five minutes later, USS Lake Erie launched an SM-3 Block IA missile using the fire control solution from the in-orbit Space Tracking and Surveillance System-Demonstrators (STSS-D) and successfully intercepted the target. The Flight Test Missile (FTM) 20 is the 24th successful intercept in 30 flight test attempts for the Aegis BMD program.

May 15, At approximately 5:25 p.m. Hawaii time, a separating short-range ballistic missile was launched from the PMRF Barking Sands. Two minutes later, the Lake Erie launched an SM-3 Block IB missile that successfully intercepted the target. The Flight Test Missile (FTM) 19 is the 25th successful intercept in 31 flight test attempts for the Aegis BMD program.

May 24, Capt. John S. Banigan relieved Capt. David W. Hughes as CO of the USS Lake Erie during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Pearl Harbor.

July 15, USS Lake Erie, along with USS Hopper (DDG 70), USS O'Kane (DDG 77), USS Chafee (DDG 90) and HMS Daring (D 32), departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in Independent Deployer Certification (IDCERT) exercise.

September 9, The Lake Erie departed homeport for a one-day search-and-rescue exercise (SAREX) with the People's Liberation Army-Navy (PLA(N)) ships Qingdao (DDG 113), Linyi (FFG 547) and Hongzehu (AOR 881), off Waikiki and Diamond Head.

September 18, At approximately 2:30 p.m. Hawaii time, a separating short-range ballistic missile was launched from the PMRF Barking Sands. Shortly after, the Lake Erie launched two SM-3 Block IB missiles, from the position northwest of Hawaii. The first one successfully intercepted the target warhead. This was the first salvo mission of two SM-3 Block IB guided missiles launched against a single separating target. The Flight Test Missile (FTM) 21 is the 27th successful intercept in 33 flight test attempts for the Aegis BMD program.

October 3, USS Lake Erie fired and guided an SM-3 Block IB missile, as part of the FTM-22, that successfully intercepted the medium-range ballistic missile, fired from the PMRF Barking Sands at 7.33 p.m. local time.

December 9, The Lake Erie is currently underway for deck landing quailifications with the U.S. Army's OH-58D Kiowa Warrior and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, assigned to 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), in the Hawaiian Op. Area; Returned home on Dec. 12.

January 25, 2014 The guided-missile cruiser departed Pearl Harbor for a four-day underway to participate in integrated maritime exercise Koa Kai 14-1.

February 18, USS Lake Erie departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for an independent western Pacific deployment as part of the Mid-Pacific Surface Combatant Operational Employment program.

February 28, CG 70 moored at Berth 9, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a three-day port call; Anchored off Yokosuka from March 3-4.

March 8, USS Lake Erie moored at Newport Terminal in Mokpo, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port visit before participating in at-sea phase of annual joint exercise Foal Eagle.

March 27, The Lake Erie is currently underway in support of annual combined exercise Ssang Yong, with the U.S. and Republic of Korea Navy, south off the Korean Peninsula.

April 10, USS Lake Erie moored at Nanko-Minami Wharf in Port of Osaka, Japan, for a scheduled port visit; Upkeep in Yokosuka from May 13-22.

May 28, The guided-missile cruiser is currently underway in the Philippine Sea as part of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) CSG; Inport Apra Harbor, Guam, in early June.

June 16, USS Lake Erie returned to Pearl Harbor after a four-month deployment.

July 12, The Lake Erie recently departed homeport for local operations.

August 25, BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair was awarded a $78,1 million to a previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-4400) for the USS Lake Erie's Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA). Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by June 2015.

September 5, USS Lake Erie arrived in its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Calif., after a week-long transit from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, replacing the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) as a rotational Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) deployer.

September 19, CG 70 departed Naval Base San Diego for ammuniton offload at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif.

September 30, BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair was awarded a $25,5 million modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-11-C-4400) for the USS Lake Erie's E-DSRA.

April 27, 2015 Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 relieved of duty Capt. John Banigan due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." Capt. Douglas W. Kunzman, deputy commander of DESRON 9, assumed temporary command of the USS Lake Erie.

June ?, USS Lake Erie undocked and moored pierside at BAE Systems Shipyard; Moved "dead-stick" to Berth 6, Pier 10 on Sept. 23.

October 23, Capt. Michael S. Sciretta relieved Capt. Douglas Kunzman as the 14th CO of Lake Erie during a change-of-command ceremony at Pier 10.

April 11, 2016 USS Lake Erie moored at Bravo Pier, Naval Air Station North Island for a brief stop to onload ammunition before underway for sea trials, following an extended 18-month availability; Returned home on April 12; Underway again from April 13-15; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to offload ammo before underway on May 17.

May 20, USS Lake Erie moored at Berth 2, Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego; Held an "Open House" from May 21-22; Underway for local operations on May 23; Returned home on May 27; Underway again from June 6-10.

June 20, The Lake Erie departed homeport to conduct routine training off the coast of southern California; Moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo on June 21; Brief stop at Bravo Pier again before moored at Berth 6, Pier 2 on June 30; Underway again from July 19-22, July 26-27, Aug. 9-10 and Aug. 12.

August 14, CG 70 participated in a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) with the USS Princeton (CG 59), USS Howard (DDG 83) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91); Brief stop at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for ammo offload before return home on Aug. 15; Commenced Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV) at Berth 6, Pier 2 on Aug. 1?.

September 23, USS Lake Erie moored at Bravo Pier for a brief stop to onload ammo before underway for routine training; Returned home on Oct. 10.

October 20, The Lake Erie moored at Berth 6, Pier 3 on Naval Base San Diego after a day-long underway for Type Commander (TYCOM) Material Readiness Inspection (TMI) with the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

November 4, The guided-missile cruiser moored at Bravo Pier, NAS North Island for a brief stop to offload ammo.