USS Lake Erie returns home from Indo-Pacific deployment

November 18, 2019 – USS Lake Erie (CG 70), along with an embarked detachment from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49 “Monstars,” returned to its homeport of Naval Station San Diego, Nov. 18, following an independent deployment to the U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleet areas of operation. While in 7th Fleet, Lake Erie conducted Enforcement Coordination Cell operations in various areas of the Western Pacific, monitoring shipping vessels in support of United Nations sanctions against North Korea. They worked to identify not only the North Korean ships that are receiving…

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Navy suspends search and rescue operations for missing Lake Erie Sailor

August 23, 2018 – U.S. Navy and Coast Guard assets suspended search and rescue operations at sunset, approximately 7:30 p.m. local time, Aug. 22, after an extensive four-day search was unable to locate a sailor reported missing from USS Lake Erie (CG 70) earlier in the week. “My thoughts and prayers are with the Sailor’s family during this difficult time,” said Capt. Christine O’Connell, commanding officer of Lake Erie. “Losing a shipmate is devastating and felt by our entire crew. We will continue to support the family in any way…

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Search and rescue efforts underway for missing USS Lake Erie Sailor

August 20, 2018 – At approximately 7 a.m. local time, Aug. 19, after a sailor assigned to USS Lake Erie (CG 70) failed to report for duty, the ship conducted man overboard procedures while operating in the eastern Pacific Ocean with the John C. Stennis Carrier Group Strike Group (JCS CSG). Attempts to locate the sailor aboard the ship were unsuccessful. The crew of Lake Erie has completed multiple extensive searches of the ship. Ships and helicopters assigned to the JCS CSG and U.S. Coast Guard District 11 are currently…

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USS Lake Erie Returns to San Diego After Deployment

Just in time for the holidays, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) returned to Naval Base San Diego, Dec. 10, following a seven-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and the Arabian Gulf. Lake Erie left her homeport of San Diego in May on an independent deployment with an embarked detachment from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49. The ship and her crew sailed more than 40,000 miles during the deployment. Sailors provided humanitarian assistance in Colombo, Sri Lanka, after severe flooding and landslides devastated many regions of the…

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USS Lake Erie Arrives in Hawaii

USS Lake Erie (CG 70) arrived in Pearl Harbor, Nov. 30, following a seven-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and the Arabian Gulf. Lake Erie left her homeport of San Diego in May on an independent deployment with an embarked detachment from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49. The ship and her crew sailed more than 40,000 miles during the deployment. Sailors provided humanitarian assistance in Colombo, Sri Lanka, after severe flooding and landslides devastated many regions of the country and left 10,000 homeless. The crew also provided support to…

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Nimitz Conducts COMPTUEX In Preparation For Deployment

Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 is currently undergoing their final pre-deployment assessment, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), marking the completion of their condensed Inter-Deployment Training Cycle (IDTC) for an upcoming deployment slated for this year. The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) completed a nearly two-year yard period at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in September of last year. Since then they have undergone sea trials, Tailored Ship’s Training Availability (TSTA) I, TSTA II, TSTA III, Final Evaluation Phase and the Board of Inspection and Survey. Nimitz has been joined…

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USS Lake Erie Certifies, Prepares to Deploy

April 10, 2017 – USS Lake Erie (CG 70) completed ballistic missile defense (BMD) certification, April 5, off the coast of Southern California in preparation for deployment. The goal of BMD is to use surveillance and interception techniques to defend the U.S. and allied countries from ballistic missiles. “These teams have been training for nearly a year,” said Lt. Christina Appleman, a native of China Lake, California, the BMD warfare lead. “They have come a long way and have learned to anticipate each other’s movements and work smoothly. This is…

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USS Lake Erie Assists Distressed Mariners

March 21, 2017 – USS Lake Erie (CG 70) provided assistance to 25 mariners in the early hours of March 19, after receiving a distress call from a civilian ship taking on water. Lake Erie deployed a rescue and assistance team aboard its rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB), and after embarking the distressed vessel, the eight-member team began dewatering the ship and searching for the source of the flooding. “After making sure everyone was alright, we noticed water was coming in at about 1,200 gallons a minute,” said Lt. Ruben…

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Lake Erie Prepares for Deployment

February 17, 2017 – Cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) moored at Naval Base Point Loma’s deperming pier, Feb. 6-9, for an evolution which would put her crew to the test. Deperming is a technique used by the U.S. Navy to reduce the magnetic signature of its warships. An all-hands event, the crew wrapped almost 80 cables, ranging 220-650 feet in length, around the vessel. Once wrapped, the cables are charged repeatedly helping to negate the magnetism the ship has built up over time. This process makes the ship less vulnerable…

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US, Japan Successfully Conduct First SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test

February 4, 2017 – The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the Japan Ministry of Defense, and U.S. Navy Sailors aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test Feb. 3 (Hawaii Standard Time), resulting in the first intercept of a ballistic missile target using the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3). The SM-3 Block IIA is being developed cooperatively by the United States and Japan to defeat medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The SM-3 Block IIA interceptor operates as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system and can be launched…

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