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USS Monterey (CG 61)

USS MONTEREY is the 15th TICONDEROGA class guided missile cruiser and the fourth ship in the Navy to bear the name.

General Characteristics:Awarded: November 26, 1984
Keel laid: August 19, 1987
Launched: October 23, 1988
Commissioned: June 16, 1990
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines
Propellers: two
Blades on each Propeller: five
Length: 567 feet (173 meters)
Beam: 55 feet (16.8 meters)
Draft: 34 feet (10.2 meters)
Displacement: approx. 9,600 tons full load
Speed: 30+ knots
Cost: about $1 billion
Aircraft: two SH-60 Sea Hawk (LAMPS 3)
Armament: two Mk 41 VLS for Standard missiles, Tomahawk, ASROC; Mk 46 torpedoes, Harpoon missile launchers, two Mk 45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight guns, two Phalanx CIWS, two Mk 38 Mod 2 25mm machine gun systems
Homeport: Norfolk, VA
Crew: 33 Officers, 27 Chief Petty Officers and approx. 340 Enlisted

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS MONTEREY. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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About the Ship’s Coat of Arms:

The Shield:

The shield's central shield represents AEGIS. the impenetrable defensive shield of the greek god "Zeus." Over this appears the Surface Warfare Logo, symbolizing the three dimensional (Air, Surface, and Subsurface) threat. The AEGIS elongated octagon covers this symbol. This octagon is familiar to all who view the modern warship's sophisticated radar array. Centered on the octagon, a dark blue anchor characterizing seapower, strength, and Navy tradition. The gold star depicts battle stars earned by the aircraft carrier previously named MONTEREY.

The Crest:

On the ship's crest is pictured General Zachary Taylor in his typical battle pose, leg slung over the saddle atop his famous white stallion "Old Whitie," before the heavily defended Independence Hill, the turning point in the Battle of Monterey. In the background, Black Fort, another massive stone work protecting the city.

The Motto:

The motto is "ROUGH IN BATTLE AND READY IN PEACE" comes from the nickname of Zachary Taylor "Old Rough and Ready," which he earned in battle against the Seminoles in Florida, and later used as a campaign slogan for his election to the office of President of the United States.

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Accidents aboard USS MONTEREY:

February 24, 2003off eastern FloridaSeaman Apprentice Christian Nicolas Earlie, from Corona, N.Y., apparently jumped overboard around 5 p.m. according to eyewitnesses. The ship was conducting routine training exercises off Florida's eastern shore.

Search-and-rescue (SAR) missions were conducted after, utilizing the ship's small boats with three SAR swimmers, a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules and a HH-60 Seahawk helicopter. The search did not turn up anything.
March 17, 2005Persian Gulf
USS MONTEREY and the USNS SPICA (T-AFS 9) collide while conducting underway replenishment operations in the Persian Gulf. There are no casualties or injuries reported as a result of the collision.

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History of USS MONTEREY:

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, 1995, 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.

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About the Ship’s Name, about the City of Monterey:

The city in California with a population of 31000 is honored by the ship's name. In 1602, the Spanish explorer reached this area and named the bay after the Count of Monterey, the then vice-king of Mexico. The settlement started by founding a Franciscan mission in 1770. Monterey had been the center of whale hunting and the sardines fishing. From 1775 till 1846, it was the capital of upper California. Then it got US. It had been place of conventions for the legislative assembly of California.

In present time it is a famous recovery place and a center of publishing and electronics, for producing electronic equipment.

On the 19th of September, 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.

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USS MONTEREY Patch Gallery:

MED '91-'92MED '92 HSL DetachmentMillennium Cruise HSL-42 Det.4MED 2004-2005 HSL Detachment

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The photo below was taken by Karl-Heinz Ahles while USS MONTEREY was inport Norfolk, Va, on May 11, 1999.

The photos below were taken by me and show the USS MONTEREY at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 29, 2010.

The photos below were taken by me and show the USS MONTEREY at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on May 6, 2012.

The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the USS MONTEREY at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Va., during her Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA). The photos were taken on October 23, 2014.

The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the USS MONTEREY at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair, Norfolk, Va., near the end of her Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA). The photos were taken on April 29, 2015.

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