Capt. Timothy J. Kott, commanding officer of USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), joins members of the crew during a ceremony honoring the ship's 27 years of distinguished service to the fleet. (U.S. Navy photo).
USS Mobile Bay Celebrates 27 Years of Distinguished Service 
SAN DIEGO - The crew of the guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) celebrated the 27th anniversary of the ship’s commissioning in 1987 with a special ceremony in San Diego, Feb. 21.

The entire crew, from the newest seaman to the ship’s commanding and executive officers, gathered together to view a slide show looking back on the ship’s legacy, deployments and many accomplishments.

Since commissioning, Mobile Bay has completed eight deployments to the Persian Gulf, supported campaigns and exercises throughout the globe from East Timor and the Philippines to Australia and Russia, and has earned nine Battle “E” Awards.

As part of the celebration, Mobile Bay’s 2013 Sailors of the Year regaled the wardroom and crew with fun trivia from 1987, including the Billboard Top 10 music singles of the year and the most sought after toys of 1987.

The most popular slide of the presentation, however, featured photographs of Master Chief Fire Controlman (SW) Mark Dinyar, one of the two Mobile Bay crew members who were on active duty in 1987.

Following the slide show, Capt. Timothy J. Kott, Mobile Bay’s commanding officer, conducted a cake cutting ceremony for all to enjoy.

This event showcased the crew’s deep camaraderie and connected them to all of the Sailors who have gone before today’s current crew in carrying out Mobile Bay’s distinguished 27 years of service to the nation.

With such a proud past, the crew of today has much to live up to while continuing to uphold the highest values and steadfast traditions of the Navy.

Built in Pascagoula, Miss., by Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries, Mobile Bay was commissioned at the Alabama State Docks in Mobile, Ala., Feb. 21, 1987.
The ship takes the name from the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay, where Adm. David Farragut famously stated “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” before entering a minefield to attack and defeat the Confederate Navy and claiming the last significant Southern port held by the Confederacy.

Mobile Bay is currently undergoing a CNO’s Selected Restricted Availability in BAE Shipyard San Diego after returning from a deployment in April 2013 and completion of eight months of follow-on sustainment operations. Mobile Bay is assigned to the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group and Commander, Carrier Strike Group Three.
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