PACIFIC OCEAN – The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) arrived in Sasebo, Japan for a port visit, March 3.
Commanded by Capt. Chris Cegielski, the ship and crew of more than 350 Sailors departed Naval Base San Diego Jan. 6 for a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet into the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Navy aircraft carrier strike groups have regularly patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific region for more than 70 years and will continue to do so. Carl Vinson has deployed to the region several times, starting with a deployment to the Western Pacific in 1983, a year after commissioning. Most recently, in 2015, Vinson conducted port visits and exercises with regional navies in the South China Sea.
Commissioned August 12, 1988, Lake Champlain is named after the Battle of Lake Champlain, also known as the Battle of Plattsburgh. The battle ended the final invasion of the northern states of the United States during the War of 1812 and denied the British leverage to demand exclusive control over the Great Lakes and any territorial gains against the New England states.
3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. Together with 7th Fleet, 3rd Fleet constantly coordinates to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the entire Pacific theater of operations.
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