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USS PRINCETON (CG 59)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Delta - India - Hotel

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 15 OCT 1986 by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS
Launched 02 OCT 1987
Commissioned 11 FEB 1989
Home port: San Diego, CA

Scheduled to be decommisioned in FY 2014


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

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Princeton 230k Port visit, starboard view. USN
Princeton 337k Bows on view, underway. USN
Princeton 60k Portside view, anchored, Hong Kong harbor, 12 May 1991. William Chiu
Princeton 77k Starboard side view, anchored, Hong Kong harbor, 12 May 1991. William Chiu
Princeton 114k Port Quarter view, underway, San Diego, CA, October 1994. Dale C. Haskin
Princeton
04015928
106k USS Princeton (CG 59) taken from the USS Sacramento (AOE 1) taken in Winter/Spring 1995 off Southern California during a formation photoshoot when the Battle Group was doing workups for the 1995 WestPac. Douglas Brown (USS Sacramento 1993-1996)
Princeton
04015927
111k USS Princeton (CG 59) taken from the USS Sacramento (AOE 1) taken in Winter/Spring 1995 off Southern California during a formation photoshoot when the Battle Group was doing workups for the 1995 WestPac. Douglas Brown (USS Sacramento 1993-1996)
Princeton 158k Port side view while visiting Hobart, Australia, 4 July 1999. Glenn Towler
Princeton 114k

The guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) is at station just aft of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as a CH-46D Sea Knight of the "Gunbearers" of Helicopter Support Squadron One One (HC-11) delivers ordnance to the carrier on 19 OCT 2001. Carl Vinson and its carrier airwing are part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

U.S. Navy photo #011019-N-7265L-003 by Photographer's Mate Airman Inez Lawson.

Bill Gonyo
Princeton 415k

At sea, 29 April 2002 - The guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) is currently deployed conducting combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein.

U.S. Navy photo #030429-N-4441P-002 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Michael J. Pusnik, Jr.

Bill Gonyo
Princeton 48k USS Princeton as she pulls alongside of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during underway replenishment at sea to take on fuel during Battlegroup sustainment exercises off the coast of California 7 November 2002 John C. Cardali
Princeton 347k

3 March 2003 - USS Princeton (CG 59) pulls away from its homeport of Naval Station San Diego. Princeton is part of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Strike Group deployed in the Arabian Gulf conducting missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein.

U.S.Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Emmanuel Rios.

Bill Gonyo
Princeton
04015921
60k

San Diego, CA, 3 March 2003 - A starboard quarter view of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) underway in San Diego Harbor, with crewmen manning the rails as she departs for a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She is approaching the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. A Rigid Hull Inflatable (RHI) port security unit harbor patrol craft is underway in the foreground.

U.S. Navy photo #030303-N-9214D-005 by PH3 Juan Eduardo Diaz.

Robert M. Cieri
Princeton 96k

The Arabian Gulf, 10 April 2003 - The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), and fast combat support ship USS Bridge (AOE 10) participate in an underway replenishment (UNREP) while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

U.S. Navy photo #030410-N-1974E-003 by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Kristi Earl.

USN
Princeton 492k

USS Princeton (CG 59) steams to her homeport of San Diego, CA., as part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, which is returning from an eight-month deployment.

U.S. Navy photo #031102-N-9411J-005 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Christopher Jordan.

Bill Gonyo

Princeton 284k

2 April 2004 - The guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) passes Point Loma en-route to the Pacific Ocean, to conduct a routine training exercise. Princeton is homeported in San Diego, CA.

U.S. Navy photo #040402-N-8209D-020 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class John DeCoursey.

Bill Gonyo
Princeton
04015920
61k

San Francisco, CA, 7 October 2006 - The Guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) passes under the Golden Gate Bridge while entering San Francisco Bay during the Parade of Ships, a key event during San Francisco Fleet Week 2006. Since 1981, San Francisco Fleet Week has been an annual opportunity for Northern Californians to honor the men and women serving in the United States Navy, Coast Guard and Marines. This year approximately 9,000 crew members on visiting ships will arrive in the City to participate in Fleet Week. Ship’s tours and community service projects are scheduled throughout the Bay Area.

U.S. Navy photo #061007-N-5484G-010 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joseph Pol Sebastian Gocong

Robert M. Cieri
Princeton
04015913
93k USS Princeton (CG-59) during the parade of ships on San Francisco Bay during Fleet Week 2006 on 7 October 2006. CAPT Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG (Ret.)

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70k

Pacific Ocean, August 14, 2007 - Nimitz (CVN 68), Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Groups transit in formation during a joint photo exercise (PHOTOEX) during Valiant Shield 2007, the largest joint exercise in the Pacific this year. Held in the Guam operating area, Valiant Shield 2007 included 30 ships, more than 280 aircraft and more than 20,000 service members from the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

The aerial formation, led by an Air Force B-52 Stratofortress, consists of aircraft from the carrier strike groups as well as Air Force aircraft. Ships are, left to right: guided missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90); nuclear-propelled aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), followed by the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) and the guided missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91); nuclear-propelled attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN 767); aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), followed by the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) and guided missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89); nuclear-propelled attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722); nuclear-propelled aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), followed by the guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) and the guided missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS O'Kane (DDG 77); the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer on the extreme right has not been positively identified, but is possibly USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60).

U.S. Navy photo # 070814-N-6009S-001 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Hana'lei Shimana.

Chester Morris
Philippine Sea
04015916
63k

Pacific Ocean, 2 February 2008 - The guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) steams alongside the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) while taking on fuel during a replenishment at sea. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is on deployment and operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

U.S. Navy photo #080202-N-8421M-011 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mercil.

Robert M. Cieri
Philippine Sea
04015917
64k

Pacific Ocean, 2 February 2008 - The guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) breaks away from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) after receiving fuel during a replenishment at sea. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is on deployment operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

U.S. Navy photo #080202-N-8421M-036 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mercil.

Robert M. Cieri
Philippine Sea
04015914
51k

East China Sea, 16 March 2008 - The guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), right, and guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) steam behind the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during an Expeditionary Strike Force (ESF) exercise with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and the Essex Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG).

U.S. Navy photo #080316-N-3038W-070 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John Wagner.

Robert M. Cieri
Philippine Sea
04015915
49k

East China Sea, 16 March 2008 - The guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) steams behind the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during an Expeditionary Strike Force (ESF) exercise. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is participating in an ESF exercise with the Essex Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG).

U.S. Navy photo #080316-N-3038W-101 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John Wagner.

Robert M. Cieri
Philippine Sea
04015918
150k

East China Sea, 16 March 2008 - The guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) steams into position during an Expeditionary Strike Force (ESF) exercise. The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) recently participated in an ESF with the Essex (LHD 2) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG). The ESF exercise was designed to test the ability of the Strike Groups to plan and conduct multi-task force operations across a broad spectrum of naval disciplines and to refresh skills in completing complex missions that require capabilities that are broader in scope than the individual Strike Groups can provide alone.

U.S. Navy photo # 080316-N-5484G-042 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joseph Pol Sebastian Gocong.

Robert M. Cieri
Shilo
04016716
116k

Pacific Ocean, 29 March 2008 - The guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), front, and the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) steam in formation during a combined training exercise in the Western Pacific with the Kitty Hawk and Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups.

U.S. Navy photo #080329-N-7883G-013 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau.

Robert M. Cieri
Philippine Sea
04015919
118k

Pacific Ocean, 11 April 2008 - The guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) approaches the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) to conduct a replenishment-at-sea. Nimitz is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

U.S. Navy photo #080411-N-1276B-002 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Orrin Batiste.

Robert M. Cieri
Philippine Sea
04015922
94k

Seattle, WA, 30 July 2008 - The Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) and Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) lead the parade of ships to kick off the 2008 59th annual Seattle Seafair Fleet Week. During the weeklong stay in Seattle, Sailors will get a chance to explore the local community. Navy Weeks are designed to raise awareness in metropolitan areas that do not have a significant Navy presence.

U.S. Navy photo #080730-N-7656R-001 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric J. Rowley.

Robert M. Cieri
Philippine Sea
04015923
65k

Seattle, WA, 30 July 2008 - The Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) leads the parade of ships to kick off the 2008 59th annual Seattle Seafair Fleet Week. During the weeklong stay in Seattle, Sailors will get a chance to explore the local community. Navy Weeks are designed to raise awareness in metropolitan areas that do not have a significant Navy presence.

U.S. Navy photo #080730-N-7656R-002 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric J. Rowley.

Robert M. Cieri
Philippine Sea
04015924
58k

Seattle, WA, 30 July 2008 - The Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) and The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) lead the parade of ships to kick off the 2008 59th annual Seattle Seafair Fleet Week. During the weeklong stay in Seattle, Sailors will get a chance to explore the local community. Navy Weeks are designed to raise awareness in metropolitan areas that do not have a significant Navy presence.

U.S. Navy photo #080730-N-7656R-003 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric J. Rowley.

Robert M. Cieri
Philippine Sea
04015925
72k

Seattle, WA, 30 July 2008 - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) leads the parade of ships, with her sailors manning the rails, to kick off the 2008 59th annual Seattle Seafair Fleet Week. During the weeklong stay in Seattle, Sailors will get a chance to explore the local community. Navy Weeks are designed to raise awareness in metropolitan areas that do not have a significant Navy presence.

U.S. Navy photo #080730-N-7656R-004 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric J. Rowley.

Robert M. Cieri
Philippine Sea
04015926
126k

Seattle, WA, 31 July 2008 - Ensign Samantha Foxton, strike officer aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), describes the ship's anchor assembly to a tour group on the ship's foc'scle. The ship is in Seattle for Sea Fair, a month-long festival sponsored by the city.

U.S. Navy photo #080731-N-4649C-003 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chantel M. Clayton.

Robert M. Cieri
Philippine Sea
04015929
1.2m

PACIFIC OCEAN, 18 July 2012 - The guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) underway during the Great Green Fleet demonstration portion of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from Jun. 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971.

U.S. Navy photo #120718-N-WA347-097 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran

Robert M. Cieri
Henry J Kaiser
091918716
1400k

Pearl Harbor, HI, 18 July 2012 - USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187), left delivers a 50-50 blend of advanced biofuels and traditional petroleum-based fuel to the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59) during the Great Green Fleet demonstration portion of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise. In the background are the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93).

US Navy photo # 120718-N-RC246-210 by MC3 Ryan J. Mayes

Lee Wahler

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Hontz, Edward Brigham, CAPT   02/11/1989 - 06/05/1991
Forbes, George Thomas, CAPT (acting CO)   06/05/1991 - 06/11/1991
Hontz, Edward Brigham, CAPT   06/11/1991 - 06/28/1991
Dawson Jr., James Cutler, CAPT VADM 06/28/1991 - 05/21/1993
Farrell, Gerard Michael, CAPT   05/21/1993 - 02/17/1995
Wilfong III, Dallas George, CAPT   02/17/1995 - 01/10/1997
Moseman, James August, CAPT   01/10/1997 - 06/15/1998
Ross, John Kirkland, CAPT   06/16/1997 - 02/11/2000
Corsi Jr., Joseph Albert, CAPT   02/11/2000 - 03/08/2002
Janikowsky, Ralph Earl, CAPT   03/08/2002 - 09/30/2003
Smith, James Lee T. (Red), CAPT   09/30/2003 - 05/20/2005
Ault, William Richard, CAPT   05/20/2005 - 10/20/2006
Melin, David Whiting, CAPT   10/20/2006 - 08/15/2008
Kitchener, Roy Ian, CAPT   08/15/2008 -04/23/2010
Haidvogel, Richard Eugene, CAPT   04/23/2010 - 11/07/2011
Clausen, John M., CAPT   11/07/2011 - 08/16/2013
Good, Charles Preston (Chuck), CAPT   08/16/2013 -

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


USS PRINCETON (CG 59) History
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Supplemental History Page: Vladivostok USSR visit, 14 September 1990
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Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.

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