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USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Papa - Tango - Romeo

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
Fabrication commencement 09 NOV 1990 by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS
Keel laid on 18 OCT 1991
Launched 20 OCT 1992
Christened 05 DEC 1992
Commissioned 09 JUL 1994
Grounded off Honolulu, HI 5 FEB 2009
Home port: Pearl Harbor, HI

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (4) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (11)
Second Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed FOrces Expeditionary Medal (4) - Iraq Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (3) - Global War On Terrorism Service Medal - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon


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Port Royal
04017300
65k   Gerd Matthes
Port Royal
04017311
206k Christening booklet, 05 December 1992. Bernard A. Cardali
Stout
05015537
236k

Pascagoula, MS, 15 October 1993 - A view of warships under construction at the Ingalls Shipbuilding shipyard. (From front to back) are the guided-missile cruiser Port Royal (CG 73), the guided-missile destroyer Stout (DDG 55) and the guided-missile destroyer Mitscher (DDG 57). Inboard of STOUT is the guided-missile destroyer Ramage (DDG 61) and inboard of MITSCHER is the guided-missile destroyer Russell (DDG 59).

U.S. Navy photo #DN-SC-94-00646 by: OS2 John Bouvia.

Robert M. Cieri
Port Royal 125k Bows on view, overhead. USN
Port Royal 379k

USS Port Royal (CG 73) forms up with ships and submarines participating in the RIMPAC exercise off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii. Date Unknown.

Official U.S. Navy photo.

Fred Weiss
Port Royal 136k Underway, date unknown in the Pacific. Jack Treutle
Port Royal
04017301
87k (Comments of CAPT Nicholas Richards, commissioning Commanding Officer, USS Port Royal). "Photograph taken by a Mexican army photographer in Acapulco in July 1994 as PORT ROYAL was in transit from commissioning to her new home port of Pearl Harbor. The negative and all rights to the image were presented to the ship therefore it can be considered in the public domain." USN
Port Royal  

25 September 1997 - The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) steams along side the aircraft carriers USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Independence (CV 62) during the final stages of exercise Valiant Blitz '97, off the coast of Yokosuka, Japan. Valiant Blitz provided an opportunity for the carriers to demonstrate power projection through bilateral flight operations.

U.S. Navy photo #970925-N-4778W-149 taken by PH2 Christopher Ware.

Bill Gonyo
Port Royal 379k

USS Port Royal (CG 73) steams in the Persian Gulf as it conducts surface and air defense operations for the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) battle group on 7 November 1997. The Ticonderoga class cruiser is equipped with AEGIS combat systems, and Tomahawk anti-ship and land attack missiles. The USS Nimitz battle group is operating in the Persian Gulf in support of the U.S. and coalition enforcement of the no-fly-zone over Southern Iraq.

U.S. Navy Photo #971107-N-6939M-283 taken by PH3 Christopher Mobley

Fabio Peņa
Port Royal
04017312
144k

Pearl Harbor, 3 July 1998 - USS Port Royal (CG 73), left, and the USS Vandergrift (FFG 48) stream their signal flags and serve as tour ships to the public prior to deploying for Exercise RIMPAC '98.

U.S. Navy Photo #980703-N-2619S-001 taken by PH 2 August Sigur.

Bill Gonyo
Port Royal 115k

At sea with USS John C. Stennis Battle Group, 14 December 2001 - The guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) steams into position alongside USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) to begin underway replenishment (UNREP) operations. Cruisers, destroyers and frigates of the battle group often receive supplies and fuel from the carrier. It is this ability to resupply while at sea that provides the U.S. Navy with the sustainability for any operation around the world in support of national interests. The Navy can be there and stay there. Stennis and its battle group are supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

U.S. Navy Photo #011214-N-2722F-025 taken by PH2 J. Alston Farrally II

Bill Gonyo
Port Royal
04017320
74k

At sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, 25 December 2001 - The guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) as seen from USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the early morning hours of Christmas Day, 2001.

U.S. Navy photo #011225-N-4768W-082 by: PH3 Joshua Word.

Robert M. Cieri
Port Royal
04017318
178k

Persian Gulf, 2 January 2002 - An aerial view of USS Port Royal (CG 73) sailing in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The guided-missile cruiser is part of the USS John C. Stennis Battle Group.

U.S. Navy photo #020102-N-9312L-028 by Photographer's Mate Airman Tina Lamb.

Robert M. Cieri
Port Royal 64k Starboard quarter view. As seen from USS Chosin (CG 65) 8 Aug 2002. Joseph A. Gless
Port Royal 507k

11 November 2003 - The USS Port Royal (CG 73) steams underway in the North Arabian Gulf supporting Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1). Port Royal and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are deployed with ESG-1 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

U.S. Navy Photo #031101-N-6939M-010 taken by PH2 Christopher Mobley

Bill Gonyo
Port Royal
04017309
1158k Three of the six ships of Expeditionary Strike Group Three (ESG-3), (from left to right) USS Ogden (LPD-5), USS Port Royal (CG-73) and USS Germantown (LSD-42) steaming in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. ESG-3 deployed from 15 FEB to 9 JUL 2006. The other three ships of the group were USS Peleliu (LHA-5), USS Reuben James (FFG-57), and USS Gonzalez (DDG-66). DOD
Port Royal
04017313
291k

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii, 12 November 2007 - Family and friends wave farewell to Sailors aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) as she departs Naval Station Pearl Harbor for deployment. Port Royal and guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) deployed with the San Diego element of Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group for a deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.

U.S. Navy photo #071112-N-6674H-009 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul D. Honnick.

Robert M. Cieri
Port Royal
04017314
88k

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii, 2 May 2008 - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) passes the USS Arizona Memorial as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) is moored after returning to Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Port Royal and Hopper returned to their homeport after a six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean as part of the Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group.

U.S. Navy photo #080502-N-4965F-353 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James E. Foehl.

Robert M. Cieri/Gerd Matthes
Port Royal
04017315
94k

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii, 2 May 2008 - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) passes the USS Arizona Memorial as she makes her way pier side to Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Port Royal and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) returned to their homeport after a six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean as part of the Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group.

U.S. Navy photo #080502-N-4965F-359 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James E. Foehl.

Robert M. Cieri
Port Royal
04017316
65k

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii, 2 May 2008 - A tugboat assists the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) as she prepares to moor pier side at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Port Royal and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) returned to their homeport after a six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean as part of the Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group.

U.S. Navy photo #080502-N-4965F-392 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James E. Foehl.

Robert M. Cieri/Gerd Matthes
Port Royal
04017317
88k

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii, 2 May 2008 - A family member waves to Sailors manning the rails aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) as the ship prepares to moor pier side at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Port Royal returned to her homeport after a six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean as part of the Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group.

U.S. Navy photo #080502-N-4965F-448by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James E. Foehl.

Robert M. Cieri
Port Royal
04017321
231k

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii, 21 June 2008 - Yasmine Dar, host of the local TV show "Ohana Road," presents a plaque to Capt. David Adler, commanding officer of the Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) during a taping of the show at Merry Point Landing on board Naval Station Pearl Harbor.

U.S. Navy photo #080621-N-0879R-004 by Chief Mass Communication Specialist David Rush.

Bill Gonyo
Port Royal
04017319
166k

Pacific Ocean, 13 July 2008 - The guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) flies its "house flag" from the starboard halyard while off the coast of Hawaii during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008. RIMPAC is the world's largest multinational exercise scheduled biennially by the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Participants include the United States, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, the Netherlands, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

U.S. Navy photo #080713-N-7949W-059 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel N. Woods.

Robert M. Cieri
Chung-Hoon
05016030
221k

Pacific Ocean, 29 July 2008 - Navy ships from the United States, Canada and Japan steam in formation during a Rim-of-the-Pacific 2008 group exercise off the coast of Oahu. Ships pictured from front to back: USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), USS Port Royal (CG 73), USS Lake Erie (CG 70), JDS Setogiri (DD 156), USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60), HMCS Regina (FFG 334) and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6)

U.S. Navy photo #080729-N-7883G-085 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle D. Gahlau.

Robert M. Cieri
Port Royal
04017335
564k Starboard side view from the USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52). Ron Reeves
Port Royal
04017327
140k

PEARL HARBOR, 7 February 2009 - The Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) takes a starboard list as the USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) tries to free the ship after it ran aground Feb. 5 about a half-mile south of the Honolulu airport while off-loading personnel into a small boat. The salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52), which included an embarked detachment of Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 personnel, the Motor Vessel Dove, and seven Navy and commercial tugboats freed Port Royal off a shoal on Feb. 9.

U.S. Navy photo #090207-N-0000X-007.

Robert M. Cieri
Port Royal
04017326
86k

PEARL HARBOR, 7 February 2009 - The Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) ran aground Feb. 5 about a half-mile south of the Honolulu airport while off-loading personnel into a small boat. The salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52), which included an embarked detachment of Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 personnel, the Motor Vessel Dove, and seven Navy and commercial tugboats freed Port Royal off a shoal on Feb. 9.

U.S. Navy photo #090207-N-0000X-002 .

Robert M. Cieri
Port Royal
04017322
86k

NAVAL STATION PEARL HARBOR, 9 February 2009 - The guided-missle cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) moored pierside, after spending three days aground about a half-mile south of Honolulu Airport. The salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52), the Motor Vessel Dove and seven Navy and commercial tugboats freed the ship at approximately 2:40 a.m. after the removal of approximately 500 tons of seawater and about 100 tons of anchor, anchor chains and other equipment.

U.S. Navy photo #090209-N-5476H-001 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Hight.

Robert M. Cieri
Port Royal
04017323
80k

NAVAL STATION PEARL HARBOR, 9 February 2009 - The guided-missle cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) moored pierside, after spending three days aground about a half-mile south of Honolulu Airport. The salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52), the Motor Vessel Dove and seven Navy and commercial tugboats freed the ship at approximately 2:40 a.m. after the removal of approximately 500 tons of seawater and about 100 tons of anchor, anchor chains and other equipment

U.S. Navy photo #090209-N-5476H-031 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael Hight.

Robert M. Cieri
Port Royal
04017325
128k

PEARL HARBOR NAVAL SHIPYARD, 9 February 2009 - Divers prepare to inspect hull damage to the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG-73). Port Royal ran aground on a shoal near Honolulu, Hawaii, three days ago and is in port at Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a damage assessment.

U.S. Navy photo #090209-N-4003L-915 by Michael F. Laley.

Robert M. Cieri
Port Royal
04017324
123k

PEARL HARBOR NAVAL SHIPYARD, 9 February 2009 - A diver inspects hull damage to the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG-73). Port Royal ran aground on a shoal near Honolulu, Hawaii and is in port at Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a damage assessment.

U.S. Navy photo #090209-N-4003L-909 by Michael F. Laley.

Robert M. Cieri
Port Royal
04017328
135k Pictures of Port Royal in Drydock after grounding. Banjo area on the bottom of the sonar dome is seriously bent. Bilge keel looks bent. Sterling Giannotti
Port Royal
04017329
51k Pictures of Port Royal in Drydock after grounding. Damaged rudders and screws. Sterling Giannotti
Port Royal
04017331
34k

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -Sept. 24, 2009 -Docking Officer Lt. Cmdr. Michael Smith, far left, oversees the undocking of USS Port Royal (CG 73) from Dry Dock 4 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Port Royal was in dry dock for about seven months to repair damage sustained when the ship ran aground in February, 2009. The red-and-white checkered hardhat signifies Smith as the docking officer.

U.S. Navy photo #090924-N-0676F-001 by Marshall Fukuki

Mike Hibbard
Port Royal
04017332
593k

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Sept. 24, 2009 - USS Port Royal (CG 73) undocks from Dry Dock 4 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Port Royal was in dry dock for about seven months to repair damage sustained when the ship ran aground in February.

U.S. Navy photo #090924-N-3944N-005 by Liane Nakahara

Mike Hibbard
Port Royal
04017330
141k Starboard side view while underway on 09 August 2010 at Port Everett, Washington. Ron Reeves
Port Royal
04017333
1.2m

Persian Gulf, 7 November 2011 - The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), followed by the guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), shown transiting the gulf. George H.W. Bush was on its first operational deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

U.S. Navy photo #111107-N-TU894-149 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kasey Krall.

Robert M. Cieri
Port Royal
04017334
1.6m PERSIAN GULF, 7 November 2011 - The guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) shown transiting the gulf. Port Royal was deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

U.S. Navy photo #111107-N-TU894-164 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kasey Krall
Robert M. Cieri
Port Royal
091920037
949k

Pacific Ocean, 22 January 2016) - USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200), the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) and the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) steam alongside each other during a replenishment at sea. Boxer is currently underway conducting routine training exercises and maintenance in preparation for her upcoming deployment.

US Navy photo #60122-N-YR245-084 by MCSN Craig Z. Rodarte.

Lee Wahler

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Richards, Nicholas L. CAPT     07/09/1994 - 01/21/1996
Roughead, Gary CAPT 1973 ADM 01/21/1996 - 07/24/1997
Moeller, Robert Thomas, CAPT   VADM 07/24/1997 - 06/10/1999
Easton Jr., Roger C. (Rick), CAPT     06/10/1999 - 02/28/2001
Geanuleas, Louis James, CAPT     02/28/2001 - 10/24/2002
Allen, Patrick Eugene, CAPT     10/24/2002 - 09/10/2004
Matawitz, David Frank, CAPT     09/10/2004 - 08/05/2006
Adler, David CAPT     08/05/2006 - 10/23/2008
Caroll, John CAPT     10/23/2008 - 02/10/2009
Lauer III, John CAPT     02/10/2009 - 03/17/2011
Weilenman, Eric Firdaus CAPT 1988   03/17/2011 - 10/31/2014
Ibarra, Adolfo Hernaldo, CAPT 1992   10/31/2014 - 02/24/2017
Budde, Christopher J., CAPT     02/24/2017 -

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


USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

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The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources
Official USS Port Royal (CG 73) website.
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.

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