Guided Missile Cruiser

CG 61  -  USS Monterey

 

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - patch crest insignia

USS Monterey CG 61 - Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser - US Navy

USS Monterey (CG 61)

Type, Class:

 

Guided Missile Cruiser; Ticonderoga (Baseline 3) - class;

planned and built as CG 61;

Builder:

 

Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, USA

STATUS:

 

Awarded: November 26, 1984

Laid down: August 19, 1987

Launched: October 23, 1988

Commissioned: June 16, 1990

 

ACTIVE in Service / ATLANTIC FLEET

Homeport:

 

Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia

Namesake:

 

named after and in honor of the Battle of Monterey, California – 1846

Ship’s Motto:

 

rough in battle – ready in peace  (qui sapiens vehemensoue victor)

Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)

 

see: INFO >> Guided Missile Cruiser / Ticonderoga – Class

LINKS:

 

Official US Navy site

 

ship images

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser - Norfolk, Virginia 2009

Norfolk, Virginia – June 9, 2009

 

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - 5"/54 cal. bow gun - Gulf of Oman 2008

Gulf of Oman. The 5-Inch/54-caliber (Mk 45) gun is test-fired from the bow of USS Monterey (CG 61) - November 7, 2008

 

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - New York fleet week 2008

New York fleet week – May 21, 2008

 

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - Atlantic Ocean 2008

Atlantic Ocean – March 28, 2008

 

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser - Atlantic Ocean 2008

Atlantic Ocean – March 28, 2008

 

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - Souda Bay, Crete, Greece 2007

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece – January 15, 2007

 

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - Souda Bay, Crete, Greece 2007

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece – January 15, 2007

 

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser - Norfolk, Virginia 2006

Norfolk, Virginia – July 24, 2006

 

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - Norfolk, Virginia 2006

Norfolk, Virginia – May 25, 2006

 

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - Caribbean Sea 2006

Caribbean Sea – April 25, 2006

 

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - Caribbean Sea 2006

Caribbean Sea – April 20, 2006

 

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser - Caribbean Sea 2006

Caribbean Sea – April 20, 2006

 

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - Caribbean Sea 2006

Caribbean Sea – April 20, 2006

 

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - Persian Gulf 2005

Persian Gulf – January 15, 2005

 

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - Souda Bay, Crete, Greece 2004

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece – November 8, 2004

 

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - Bay of Naples, Italy 2004

Bay of Naples, Italy – July 6, 2004

 

 

USS Monterey CG 61 - Norfolk, Virginia 2003

Norfolk, Virginia – September 16, 2003

 

 

Namesake & History:

About the Battle of Monterey, California – 1846 (Mexican-American-War):

 

On September 19, 1846, General Zachary Taylor, with a force of 6,625 men, arrived at Monterey. The city, which sprawled before Taylor, presented a formidable aspect to the would-be conqueror. Monterey's southern and eastern limits rested on the Santa Catarina River, relatively safe from assault. Southwest, and just across the river from Nueva Leon's capital, stood Federal Hill, from which a single-gun redoubt and Fort El Soldado commanded the city. Directly across the river from these works, and even more imposing, rose the precipitous Independence Hill, boasting a sandbag redoubt on its western end, and a fortress, Bishop's Palace, on the east. North of the city stood Fort Black, a massive stone work mounting twelve guns. East of it, next to the river, was Fort Teneria with four guns and, behind it, a well- manned, fortified tannery. Two hundred yards south stood Fort Diablo. Throughout Monterey, houses were fortified with loopholes and sandbags, and streets had been barricaded. Garrisoning the awesome labyrinth of defenses were 10,000 regular troops led by General Pedro de Ampudia.

Starting on the morning of 20 September, Taylor stormed the heavily defended city. The Bishop's Palace fell for the Americans on 21 September. The Americans were forced to take each house in succession, since the houses were solidly built, and the streets strongly barricaded. The battle lasted until 23 September, with the Mexican forces contesting every foot of ground, until only the Citadel remained in their possession. On the morning of 24 September, General Ampudia surrendered.
He and his army were permitted to march out with honors of war.

 

USS Monterey (CG 61):

 

USS Monterey was built at Bath Iron Works, launched on 23 October 1988, conducted her first sea trials in November, 1989, and was commissioned in Mayport, Florida on 16 June 1990. It is the fourth ship to bear the name Monterey in the U.S. Fleet.

USS Monterey returned in January 1994 from a six month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean with the USS America joint task Group (JTG). While deployed, JTG ships supported a variety of national, NATO and United Nations missions, including participation in Operations Deny Flight, Provide Promise and Sharp Guard in the Adriatic Sea off Bosnia-Herzegovina, Southern Watch in the Red Sea, and UNOSOM II (Continue Hope) in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia. The ships of the JTG also participated in the bi-lateral U.S./Spanish exercise Poopdeck 94, off the coast of Spain in mid-January, before conducting visits to various Spanish ports. Poopdeck is an annual bi-lateral exercise in which aircraft and ships of Task Force 60 test the air defenses of Spain while defending against offensive strikes led by Spanish aircraft directed at Task Force 60 ships. Inclement weather precluded full airwing participation in the exercise, and most air operations were canceled for Poopdeck '94. USS Monterey provided duties as escort during the exercise.

USS Monterey departed its homeport of Mayport, FL, on August 25, 1996, to relieve USS Mississippi (CGN 40) in the Adriatic Sea as the U.S. cruiser responsible for air surveillance off the coast of Bosnia. Once in the Adriatic, Monterey assumed the duties of Redcrown, where it was responsible for all air surveillance and aircraft control in the Adriatic Sea in direct support of NATO operations Deny Flight and Sharp Guard. During the six-month deployment, Monterey also had roles in operations Provide Promise, Southern Watch, Decisive Edge, and Decisive Endeavor in the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas and the Arabian Gulf. Monterey also participated in Exercise Infinite Courage, and the multinational exercises Bright Star and Final Courage.

While en route to a post-exercise port visit, Monterey responded to a distress call from an Austrian sailing vessel; one of whose crew members had suffered a severe head injury that required immediate medical attention. Monterey’s next mission was to escort USS America to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch and enforcement of U.N. sanctions against Iraq. Shortly thereafter, America and Monterey were recalled back to the Adriatic Sea to support Operation Joint Endeavor and NATO troop insertions into Bosnia-Herzegovina as the Dayton Peace Accords went into effect.

During the transit, Monterey answered another distress call by a U.S. sailing vessel, which was being fired upon by Eritrea and Yemen forces during their conflict over disputed islands in the Red Sea. Monterey also joined forces with a the Russian RNS ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV (CV 063) battle group for two days of exercises January 21-22, 1996. The ships made port calls at Trieste, Ancona and Naples, Italy; Corfu, Souda Bay, Crete, Greece; and Antalya, Turkey, before returning home on February 24, 1996.

USS Monterey arrived at its new home port of Norfolk on May 10, 1996 as part of the Atlantic Fleet's reorganization of its forces. The guided missile cruiser then began an 11-month maintenance overhaul on June 19 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Inc. in Newport News, VA.

USS Monterey served as the U.S. Flagship for U.S. Navy units participating in the Atlantic phase of the UNITAS 2001, which was hosted by the Uruguayan Navy. UNITAS 2001 focused on high-tech surface, air and under-sea naval training exercises designed to train the force in multinational coalition operations, improve force interoperability and demonstrate hemispheric defense. The exercises were based on realistic world scenarios requiring the participating ships to operate as a combined multi-national task force.

USS Monterey took part from January 12 through February 4, 1998, in Joint Task Force Exercise 98-1 as part of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Battle Group (CVBG). This exercise, which included participation by more than 30,000 service members from all branches of the armed forces, was designed to meet the requirements for quality, realistic, intensive training to fully prepare U.S. forces for joint operations. The John C. Stennis CVBG and WASP ARG were to depart for a scheduled six-month deployment the following month, and the JTFEX was to serve as the final certification on their readiness to deploy. This was to be the first deployment for John C. Stennis.

USS Monterey deployed as part of the JFK Battle Group to the Arabian Gulf in 1999.

As part of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Carrier Battle Group (CVBG), and in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, USS Monterey set sail in support of defense and humanitarian efforts off the coast of New York.

 

patches

USS Monterey CG 61 - patch crest insignia

USS Monterey CG 61 - patch crest insignia

USS Monterey CG 61 - cruise patch

USS Monterey CG 61 - cruise patch

USS Monterey CG 61 - cruise patch

USS Monterey CG 61 / HSL-46 Det.9 - cruise patch

 

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