USS CAPE ST. GEORGE
CG 71
  
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The Cape St. George (CG 71) is the 25th Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser and the first ship in the United States Navy to bear that name. Her keel was laid down on November 19, 1990, at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. She was launched on January 10, 1992; and christened on April 11, by her sponsor, Mrs. Doris Hekman, the wife of retired Vice Adm. Peter M. Hekman, Jr. Capt. Donald H. Nash is the prospective commanding officer.

December 9, The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Cape St. George underway for the first time to conduct Builder's (Alpha "A") sea trials. Underway for Bravo trials from Feb. 1-3, 1993; Underway for acceptance trials with the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) from Feb. 22-23; Departed Pascagoula, MS., for the final time on May 25; Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., from June 1-3.

June 12, USS Cape St. George was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va.

The Cape St. George was underway for sea trials from June 16-18 and 24-25th; Underway for Refresher Training on July 6.

July 8, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a three-day port call. Inport Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from July 12-23; Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from July 26-27.

August 16, USS Cape St. George departed Norfolk for a Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials (CSSQT) in the Puerto Rican Op. Area. Inport Port Everglades for Weapons System Accuaracy Testing (WSAT) from Aug. 20-24.

September 3, CG 71 arrived in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands, for a three-day visit to St. Thomas. Inport Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, P.R., from Sept. 11-13 and 19-25th; Participated in VANDALEX missile exercise off Wallops Island from Sept. 28-29; Returned home on Sept. 29; Underay for FCT rehersal from Nov. 2-3; Underway for final contract trials on Nov. 9; Underway for Combat Systems Assessment (CSA) Preps. from Dec. 2-3.

January 8, 1994 USS Cape St. George arrived at Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., for a 10-week Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Underway for sea trials on March 16; Departed Pascagoula on March 18 for Key West Op. Area; Port visit to Port Everglades, Fla., from March 24-28; Returned to Norfolk on March 29; Magnetic deperming at Craney Island facility from March 30-31; Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from April 5-7.

From April 19-28, the Cape St. George was underway for Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) event #6.

May 19, The guided-missile cruiser departed Naval Station Norfolk for CEC compatibility testing, VANDALEX and ASW Proficiency Training with the USS Dweight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Battle Group; Commenced a Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) on June 1; Anchored off Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, from June 3-5; Inport Roosevelt Roads from June 5-7 and June 15; Returned to homeport on July 1; Underway for Joint Task Group Phase I/II from Aug. 8-19.

August 26, Capt. Powell A. Fraser, Jr., relieved Capt. Donald H. Nash as CO of CG 71.

From Sept. 7-23, the Cape St. George was underway for Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX) 95-1; Underway for a Family Day Cruise on Oct. 18.

October 20, USS Cape St. George departed Norfolk for its maiden Mediterranean deployment, as part of the Eisenhower BG. Entered the U.S. 6th Fleet on Nov. 3.

November 7, The Cape St. George pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, for a brief port call to refuel. Inport Souda Bay again from Nov. 23-26.

From Nov. 27- Dec. 1, CG 71 operated in the Adriatic Sea as "Redcrown" in support of Operations Deny Flight and Sharp Guard.

December 9, USS Cape St. George arrived in Malaga, Spain, for a five-day port visit after participating in exercise African Eagle, off Morocco. Adriatic Sea operations from Dec. 17-28.

December 30, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Naples, Italy, for a week-long port visit. Inport Palermo, Italy, in mid-January for maintenace availability.

April 14, 1995 USS Cape St. George returned to homeport after a six-month deployment. She participated in exercises Dogfish and SHAREM 111 and also visited Ismir, Turkey; Corfu, Greece; Limassol, Cyprus; Valletta, Malta (March 24-27); and Benidorm, Spain (April 1-5).

June 5, The Cape St. George arrived in Houston, Texas, for a five-day port visit in conjunction with the Gas Turbine Exposition.

From July 14 through Aug. 9, USS Cape St. George was underway for counter-drug operations in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific. The ship seized over 12 tons of cocaine, the largest in Maritime history.

August 15, CG 71 emergency sortied from Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the Hurricane Felix. Returned on Aug. 19; Underway for All Service Combat Identification and Evaluation Team (ASCIET) '95 in the Gulf of Mexico on Aug. 29; Inport Pascagoula, Mississippi ( Sept. 8-10) and Port Everglades (Sept. 18-21); Returned home on Sept. 23; Underway for Operational Propulsion Plant Examination (OPPE) from Oct. 11-12 and 17-19th.

November 28, USS Cape St. George arrived at Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a four-day visit to to conduct school ship training with the Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS).

January 6, 1996 USS Cape St. George, along with USS Anzio (CG 68), departed Norfolk for exericse Mountain Top at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) off Kauai, Hawaii, and CEC/IOC.

Janaury 12, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Naval Station Rodman in Balboa, Panama, for a brief stop to refuel after transiting Panama Canal. Inport Pearl Harbor from Jan. 24-28.

February 3, The Cape St. George anchored off Lahaina, Maui, for a four-day port visit. Inport Pearl Harbor to resupply from Feb. 7-9; Inport Rodman, Panama, from Feb. 21-22; Conducted Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS) qualifications off Vieques Island, P.R., from Feb. 26-27; Returned to homeport on March 1; Ammo offload at NWS Yorktown from March 26-28.

March 29, USS Cape St. George entered the Moon Engineering shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

May 31, Capt. John C. Harvey, Jr., relieved Capt. Powell A. Fraser, Jr., as CO of CG 71 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

June 4, The Cape St. George returned to Naval Station Norfolk after conducting sea trials from June 3-4. Underway for CEC testing in the Virginia Capes Op. Area on June 18.

June 21, USS Cape St. George arrived in Baltimore, Md., for a four-day port visit.

July 3, The Cape St. George moored at Nauticus Pier in downtown Norfolk for a five-day visit.

July 11, The guided-missile cruiser emergency sortied from NAVSTA Norfolk to avoid the Hurricane Bertha. Underway for routine training from July 18-22 and Aug. 5-9.

August 19, USS Cape St. George departed homeport for ASCIET '96 in the Gulf of Mexico and CEC/IOC completion off Wallops Island. Inport NAS Pensacola, Fla., from Aug. 30- Sept. 1; Returned to Norfolk on Sept. 12.

October 3, CG 71 arrived in Charleston, S.C., for a five-day port visit. Underway for Combined Joint Task Force Exercise (CJTFEX) from Oct. 8-20; Underway for local operations from Dec. 3-6 and Jan. 30-31, 1997.

From Feb. 18-21, the Cape St. George was underway for routine training in the VACAPES Op. Area. Underway agin from Feb. 24-28; Underway for ECERT and DLQs from March 17-26; Inport Port Canaveral, Fla., in support of Seafest from March 21-24; Underway for local operations from April 28- May 1.

May 23, USS Cape St. George departed Norfolk to participate in Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) '97. Port call to Portsmouth, England, from June 5-8 before participating in NATO exericse Central Enterprise.

June 13, The Cape St. George pulled into Gdynia, Poland, for a three-day port visit before the first underway phase of BALTOPS.

June 20, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Kiel, Germany, for a three-day port call to participate in annual Kiel Week celebrations.

June 27, USS Cape St. George arrived in Aarhus, Denmark, for a three-day port visit after participating in the second phase of BALTOPS exercise. Port calls to Wilhelmshaven, Germany, from July 1-6; and Amsterdam, Netherlands, from July 7-10.

July 11, CG 71 pulled into Brest, France, for a five-day port call. Port visit to Cobh, Ireland, from July 17-22.

July 29, USS Cape St. George returned to homeport after more than a two-month underway period.

August 25, The Cape St. George departed Naval Station Norfolk for ASCIET '97 and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP). Port call to Mobile, Ala., from Aug. 29-31 and Sept. 5-7.

September 12, The guided-missile cruiser arrived in Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., for a three-day port call. Returned home on Sept. 20; Ammo offload at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown from Sept. 24-26.

October 6, USS Cape St. George moved to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for a seven-week Restricted Availability (RAV). Underway for sea trials from Nov. 26-27.

December 12, USS Cape St. George arrived in New York City, N.Y., for a three-day port visit.

From February 2-21, 1998, the Cape St. George was underway for COMPTUEX 98-2, as part of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower BG, in the Puerto Rican Op. Area. Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from Feb. 23-26; Underway for JTFEX from April 27- May 6.

June 1, Capt. Dennis V. Army relieved Capt. John C. Harvey, Jr., as CO of the Cape St. George during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.

June 10, USS Cape St. George departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment. Transited Straits of Gibraltar on June 19.

From June 22-29, the ship operated in Adriatic Sea in support of Operation Deliberate Forge.

July 2, USS Cape St. George anchored off Golf Juan, France, for a four-day liberty visit. Brief stop in Augusta Bay, Sicily, on July 8; Anchored off Taormina, Sicily, from July 17-20.

July 31, CG 71 anchored off the coast of Aksaz naval base fo a six-day port visit to Marmaris, Turkey, after participating in a multi-national exercise Matador, in the Tyrrhenian and Ionian seas, from July 20-27.

August 13, The Cape St. George anchored off Thira, Greece, for a six-day visit. Adriatic Sea operations through Aug. 28; Transited Suez Canal on Aug. 30; Entered Arabian Gulf on Sept. 8 in support of Operation Southern Watch and Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO); Port call to Manama, Bahrain, from Sept. 13-16.

September 23, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day port visit. Gulf of Oman operations from Sept. 28- Oct. 1; Inport Manama again from Oct. 14-19.

October 26, USS Cape St. George arrived in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., for a three-day port call. Inport Dubai from Nov. 6-11; Departed Arabian Gulf on Nov. 19; Anchored off Port Suez, Egypt, to celebrate Thanksgiving on Nov. 25; Transited Suez Canal on Nov. 26.

December 7, CG 71 anchored off Bermuda for a brief stop to embark over 30 friends and family members for a Tiger Cruise.

December 10, USS Cape St. George returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

From January 18-22, 1999, the Cape St. George was moored at NWS Yorktown, Va., to offload ammunition.

February 23, The guided-missile cruiser commenced a three-month Restricted Availability while pierside at Naval Station Norfolk. Moved to Metro Mashine shipyard in Norfolk on April 26; Entered the dry-dock on April 27; Underway for sea trials on May 21; Underway again on May 25.

May 27, USS Cape St. George moored at World Trade Center in Boston, Mass., for a five-day port visit; Moored at Nauticus Pier for Harborfest '99 from June 4-7; Underway for TSTA II from June 14-18; underway for Engineering Qualifications from June 28-30; Underway for TSTA III from July 26-29; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on July 30; Underway for FEP and ECERT from Aug. 2-6; Underway for testing of newly installed TRDF from Sept. 7-8.

September 15, The Cape St. George emergency sortied from Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the Hurricane Floyd.

From Sept. 26 through Oct. 26, CG 71 was underway for COMPTUEX 00-1 in the Puerto Rican Op. Area. Port visit to Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, from Oct. 8-12.

October 8, Capt. Alan B. Hicks relieved Capt. Dennis V. Army as CO of the Cape St. George during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.

From Oct. 16-29, the guided-missile cruiser was moored at NWS Yorktown for ammo onload. Underway for VANDALEX from Nov. 14-15; Underway for JTFEX from Dec. 3-16.

February 18, 2000 USS Cape St. George departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment, as part of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Battle Group.

On March 2, the Cape St. George conducted Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) qualifications off Cape Wrath, Scotland. Entered the Mediterranean on March 6.

March 7, CG 71 pulled into Cartagena naval base for a two-day visit to Spain. Inport Limassol, Cyprus, from March 15-18.

March 30, USS Cape St. George arrived in Mykonos, Greece, for a three-day port visit after participating in exercise Juniper Stallion from March 20-28.

April 14, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Haifa, Israel, for a three-day port call after participating in exercise Noble Suzanne.

April 21, USS Cape St. George arrived at Naval Support Activity La Maddalena, Italy, for a six-day upkeep. Port visit to Rijeka, Croatia, from May 1-3; Inport Limassol again from May 12-16; Transited Suez Canal on May 20.

May 31, The Cape St. George moored at Mina Salman Pier for a three-day port visit to Manama, Bahrain. Participated in exercise Nautical Swimmer from June 7-10.

June 22, USS Cape St. George pulled into Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day port visit. Inport Dubai again from July 15-18; Participated in exercise Indigo Anvil from July 24-26; Returned to Mediterranean Sea on July 28.

August 3, CG 71 anchored off the coast of Benidorm, Spain, for a four-day port visit. Inport Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, from Aug. 16-17 to embark "Tigers."

August 18, USS Cape St. George returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

From Sept. 21-27, the Cape St. George was underway for CEC event #10 in the Virginia Capes Op. Area. Underway for Type Training from Nov. 8-10; Underway for CEC event #11 in the Puerto Rican Op. Area from Nov. 28- Dec. 15; Inport Naval Station Mayport, Fla., from Nov. 30- Dec. 1.

January 31, 2001 The guided-missile cruiser departed Norfolk for CEC Technical Evaluation in the Puerto Rican OPAREA. Inport Port Canaveral, Fla., from Feb. 3-5.

February 20, USS Cape St. George pulled into Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI, for a four-day port visit. Returned home on March 3; Ammo offload at NWS Yorktown from March 7-9; Underway for Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL) from April 17- May 2 and May 8-11.

May 21, The Cape St. George departed homeport to take part in the 29th annual maritime exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2001. With naval vessels and over 40 aircraft of 14 nations taking part, the exercise is intended to improve interoperability with Baltic Sea nations and Partnership for Peace countries by conducting a peace support operation at sea.

June 1, CG 71 pulled into Gdynia, Poland, for a three-day port call. Inport Kiel, Germany, from June 15-18; Port visits to Amsterdam (June 21-25) and Cork, Ireland (June 27- July 2); Returned to Norfolk on July 12.

August 17, Capt. Mark G. Wahlstrom relieved Capt. Alan B. Hicks as the 6th CO of USS Cape St. George.

September 17, The Cape St. George entered the MHI Ship Repair & Services in Norfolk for a four-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

In the summer of 2002, the guided-missile cruiser again returned to the Baltic Sea for BALTOPS '02.

January 6, 2003 USS Cape St. George departed Norfolk for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment as part of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Battle Group. Participated in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), in the Puerto Rican Op. Area, through Feb. 4, before heading overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

March 23, CG 71 launched its first Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

July ?, USS Cape St. George returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month combat deployment.

November 15, Capt. Nevin P. Carr, Jr., relieved Capt. Mark G. Wahlstrom as commanding officer of the Cape St. George.

May 18, 2005 USS Cape St. George, commanded by Capt. James R. Yohe, is expected to be certified in the Electronic Charting Display and Information System – Navy (ECDIS-N) in May, becoming the fleet’s first ECDIS-N-certified surface ship. This paperless system allows Sailors to view and manipulate navigation from the bridge, captain’s cabin and combat information center. ECDIS-N is the Navy’s version of the navigation system already used by commercial shipping. It gives the Navy the capability of using digital charting with interactive computers and real-time positioning systems to navigate in support of Navy mission requirements. With ECDIS-N in place, Cape St. George uses the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Digital Nautical Chart as the primary navigation system.

May 28, The Cape St. George arrived in New York City, N.Y., to participate in annual Fleet Week celebrations.

November 7, USS Cape St. George departed Norfolk for a sheduled deployment, with the USS Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 8, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

March 1, 2006 HMS Bulwark (L15), the Royal Navy's most modern and versatile warship, assumed duties from USS Cape St. George on Feb. 28, as the flagship for the Royal Navy staff which leads Combined Task Force 58 (CTF 58), a multinational coalition that conducts maritime security operations (MSO) in the North Arabian Gulf (NAG).

March 18, USS Cape St. George and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) returned fire on a group of suspected pirates in the Indian Ocean, killing one and wounding five, approximately 25 nautical miles off the central eastern coast of Somalia at 5:40 a.m. local time. The Navy boarding teams also confiscated an RPG launcher and automatic weapons. No U.S. Sailors were injured in the engagement.

April 9, CG 71 returned to Meditarranean Sea after transiting Suez Canal.

May 4, USS Cape St. George returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

June 9, Capt. Philip C. Pardue relieved Capt. James R. Yohe as CO of the Cape St. George.

July 30, 2007 USS Cape St. George arrived in its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Calif., as part of the first major ship relocation of the adjustment of forces from the Atlantic to Pacific coast.

March 14, 2008 Capt. Patrick C. Rabun relieved Capt. Philip C. Pardue as the 10th CO of CG 71.

March 22, The guided-missile cruiser is currently participating in Expedition Strike Group (ESG) 3 integration training, in the SOCAL Op. Area, as part of the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) ESG.

May 4, USS Cape St. George departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.

November 3, The Cape St. George returned to homeport after a six-month underway period in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR). The ship made port visit to Penang, Malaysia; Manama, Bahrain; and Brisbane, Australia.

September 27, 2009 Capt. William D. Byrne, Jr., relieved Capt. Patrick C. Rabun as commanding officer of the CG 71.

October 19, The guided-missile destroyer departed CFB Esquimalt, B.C., after a brief port call.

May 8, 2010 The Cape St. George is currently participating in a Group Sail operation, with the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) CSG, off the coast of southern California.

September 11, USS Cape St. George departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled Middle East deployment, as part of the Lincoln CSG.

January 31, 2011 The Cape St. George provided assistance to an Iranian dhow after receiving a distress call at approximately 8 a.m. in the Arabian Gulf. The six fisherman were brought aboard the rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) and later transferred to an Iranian customs vessel, which was patrolling the area.

February 3, USS Cape St. George provided fuel, food and water to the 16 crewmembers of the Iranian flagged fishing vessel, who's engine had failed in the Gulf of Oman.

February 13, The guided-missile cruiser recently anchored off Phuket, Thailand, for a scheduled port visit.

March 21, USS Cape St. George returned home after a six-month deployment.

May 28, Capt. Donald D. Gabrielson relieved Capt. William D. Byrne, Jr., as CO of CG 71.

July 25, The Cape St. George is currently undergoing a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at the BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair facility.

September 25, CG 71 is currently participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), off the coast of southern California, as part of the USS Abraham Lincoln CSG.

December 7, USS Cape St. George departed Naval Base San Diego for a scheduled deployment.

January 6, 2012 The Cape St. George, with an embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 Det. 2, pulled into Laem Chabang Port for a scheduled visit to Thailand.

February 6, The guided-missile cruiser departed Khalifa Bin Salman Port after a five-day visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

March 13, USS Cape St. George pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a four-day visit to Dubai. Transited Suez Canal on July 16.

July 19, The Cape St. George pulled into Valletta, Malta, for a four-day port call; Departed NAS Key West, Fla., after a brief port visit on Aug. 10; Transited Panama Canal on Aug. 13.

August 22, USS Cape St. George returned to San Diego after an eight-and-a-half month deployment in the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet AoR.

January ?, 2013 CG 71 entered the dry-dock at NASSCO shipyard for a three-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA).

January 23, 2014 USS Cape St. George recently arrived in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in integrated maritime exercise Koa Kai 14-1, in the Hawaiian Op. Area, from Jan. 25-31.

April 21, The Cape St. George recently moored at Bravo Pier, Naval Air Station North Island for ammunition transfer. Underway for local operations on April 28.

June 16, USS Cape St. George departed homeport for an independent western Pacific deployment.

June 25, The guided-missile cruiser pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for the in-port phase of exercise RIMPAC 2014; Underway for at-sea phase on July 7; Inport Pearl Harbor again from July 31- Aug. 3.

August 20, USS Cape St. George moored at Berth 2, Sembawang Terminal in Singapore for a week-long upkeep.

September 5, CG 71 moored at Berth 6 in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a brief stop.