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USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Charlie - Papa - November

CLASS - TICONDEROGA (Flight II)
Displacement 9,589 (FL) Tons, Dimensions, 565' 10" (oa) x 55' x 31' 6" (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54RF, 2 VLS, (122 Missiles)
2 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS, 2 x 25mm Bushmaster mg. 6 x12.75" TT. 2 LAMPS Helos.
Machinery, 80,000 SHP; G.E. Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Crew 370.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 03 MAR 1986 by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS
Launched 03 APR 1987
Commissioned 12 AUG 1988
Home port: San Diego, CA

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

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Lake Champlain
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325k Ship's profile, as built, courtesy of John R. Barrett.. ©John R. Barrett
Navy Yard Associates
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Attending the keel laying of Aegis cruiser (CG 57) at the Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard are, from left to right: Al Storey, general ship superintendent; Captain Blair Ireland, Aegis area commander; Teno Henderson, program manager, construction; J.D. Taylor, ship coordinator; and Ray Harbrecht, director, ships management, 03 March 1986

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Bill Gonyo
Lake Champlain
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39k USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) seen from under the flight deck of the USS Independence (CVA 62)) with the island of St. Thomas in the background during the fall of 1988. Mike Japp
Lake Champlain
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134k Notice the light shining through just behind the sonar dome. Heavy weather door and Hurricane bow still intact so this is before it got rough.

Thought you might like to add a picture taken of the deck of the USS Independence (CVA 62) while we were rounding Cape Horn after commissioning in New York.

Joseph Harchut
Lake Champlain 108k Seen here in heavy seas off Cape Horn from the USS Independence (CVA 62) - Fall of 1988. The Champlain's Hurricane Bow was ripped off in this storm. (comment updated by Alan Grooms) USN
Lake Champlain 100k Coming alongside USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) to refuel, Eastern Pacific, November 1991. Rick Rowan
Lake Champlain 96k Coming alongside USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) to refuel, Eastern Pacific, November 1991. Note the MK 41 VLS and Mk 45 5"/54 gun. Rick Rowan
Lake Champlain 110k Coming alongside USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) to refuel, Eastern Pacific, November 1991. Good superstructure view. Rick Rowan
Lake Champlain 82k Coming alongside USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) to refuel, Eastern Pacific, November 1991. Stern view including Help hanger, MK 41 VLS, MK 45 5"/54 and Harpoon canisters.. Rick Rowan
Lake Champlain
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28 June 1997 - USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) underway for Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 while a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from HMH-146 (REIN) makes a final approach to her flight deck. KERNEL BLITZ is a bi-annual Commander-in-Chief Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F) I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3) 1st Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations. The exercise took place off the coast of Camp Pendleton, Calf.

U.S. Marine Corps photo #DM-SD-03-04287 by Sgt. Brook Kelsey taken from USS Peleliu (LHA 5).

Robert M. Cieri
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25 September 1997 - The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) is currently on deployment in South China Sea as a part of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) battle group in support of Operation Southern Watch.

U.S. Navy photo #DN-SD-00-03267 by: PH2 Christopher Ware.

Robert M. Cieri
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NORTHERN ARABIAN GULF, 16 November 1997 - A flight deck crew aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) guides an SH-60B "Seahawk" onto the ships helo deck. Lake Champlain is operating with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz CVN 68 battle group in support of Operation Southern Watch.

U.S. Navy photo #971116-N-7415B-002 by: PH3 Clinton Beard.

Robert M. Cieri
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NORTHERN ARABIAN GULF, 16 November 1997 - The Guided Missile Cruiser USS Lake Champlain patrols the Arabian Gulf with the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz CVN 68 Battle Group in support of Operation Southern Watch.

U.S. Navy photo #DN-SD-00-03544 by: PH3 Clinton Beaird.

Steven A. Cardali
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20 November 1997 - The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) conducts Precision Alignment Correction Fire (PACFIRE), firing the five inch MK 45 gun off the port bow. Lake Champlain is part of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) battle group deployed in the Persian Gulf to enforce UN sanctions against Iraq.

U.S. Navy photo #DN-SD-00_03521 by: PH3 Clinton C. Beaird.

Robert M. Cieri
Lake Champlain 285k

6 July 2004 - Guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) leaves Pearl Harbor where it will participate in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2004. RIMPAC is the largest international maritime exercise in the waters around the Hawaiian Islands. This years exercise includes seven participating nations; Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. RIMPAC is intended to enhance the tactical proficiency of participating units in a wide array of combined operations at sea, while enhancing stability in the Pacific Rim region.

U. S. Navy photo #040706-N-6811L-221 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class David A. Levy.

Bill Gonyo
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USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) conducts an emergency break away exercise after completing a Replenishment At Sea (RAS) with USNS Pecos (T-AO-197) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in the Pacific Ocean.

US Navy photo # 041110-N-1281L-048 by PH1 John S. Lill, USN.
Jack Treutle
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A Navy MH-60S Seahawk helicopter flies ahead of the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) as the ship maneuvers off the coast of Southern California on 30 October 2005. Lake Champlain is part of Commander, Carrier Strike Group and is operating with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as they undergo a Composite Unit Training Exercise. The Seahawk is attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21.

DoD photo #051030-N-7130B-274 by Petty Officer 3rd Class Aaron Burden, U.S. Navy. (Released)

Jack Treutle
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The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (left) (DDG 73) follows the cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) during maneuvers off the coast of Southern California on 29 October 2005. Both ships are part of Commander, Carrier Strike Group 7 and are undergoing their composite unit training with the Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in the Pacific Ocean.

DoD photo #051029-N-7130B-123 by Petty Officer 3rd Class Aaron Burden, U.S. Navy.

Harold Newbill
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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii, 13 April 2007 - Guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), assigned to Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, departs from Pearl Harbor to her homeport of San Diego after a scheduled port visit to the Aloha State. Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is completing a deployment in support of operations in the western Pacific.

U.S. Navy photo #070413-N-9698C-005 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John W. Ciccarelli Jr.

Robert M. Cieri
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188k Tied up Starboard side to in Astoria OR. She is on her way to Portland, OR, for Fleet Week and the Rose Festival. Bradley Miller
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Portland, OR, 8 June 2008 - Portland residents learn about shipboard life during tours aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), the guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) and the guided-missile destroyers USS Kidd (DDG 100) and USS Preble (DDG 88). The ships were moored in downtown Portland for Fleet Week.

U.S. Navy photo #080608-N-7732W-028 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles Whetstine.

Robert M. Cieri
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70k Port bow view while moored at San Diego Naval Station in August 2008. Richard Miller BMCS USNR (RET)
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Pacific Ocean, 24 January 2009 - The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), right, pulls alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194) in the western Pacific Ocean. Lake Champlain is part of the Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group and is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations.

U.S. Navy photo #090124-N-4774B-047 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker

Robert M. Cieri
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SAN DIEGO, CA, 30 July 2009, - The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) is adorned with a lei during a homecoming celebration. Lake Champlain is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and is returning to homeport in San Diego from a seven-month deployment supporting global maritime security.

U.S. Navy photo #090730-N-4774B-094 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker

Robert M. Cieri

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Martin, Ralph Kenneth, CAPT   08/12/1988 - 06/23/1990
Kristensen, Edward Kristian, CAPT RADM 06/23/1990 - 04/10/1992
Felloney Jr., John Joseph., CAPT   04/10/1992 - 12/10/1993
Van Buskirk, Dennis J., CAPT   12/10/1993 - 11/22/1995
Dobrydney, Frank Joseph, CAPT   11/22/1995 - 02/28/1998
Serfass Jr., Paul Theodore (Ted), CAPT   02/28/1998 - 02/04/2000
Guillory, Victor Gary, CAPT RADM 02/04/2000 - 10/18/2001
Wells, Robert Scott, CAPT   10/18/2001 - 06/20/2003
McCarthy Jr., James Francis, CAPT   06/20/2003 - 05/13/2005
Roane Jr., Donald Patterson, CAPT   05/13/2005 - 08/04/2006
O'Connor, Sean Eugene, CAPT   08/04/2006 - 08/05/2008
Campbell, Kevin Peter, CAPT   08/05/2008 - 10/05/2010
Johnson, Mark E., CAPT   10/05/2010 - 07/12/2012
Barnes, Christopher Kevin, CAPT   07/12/2012 - 04/23/2014
Steadman, Timothy Scott, CAPT   04/23/2014 -

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)


USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG 57) History
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Additional Resources
Official USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) website.
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.

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