SEAL BEACH, CA – On February 14th, 2011, the USS PRINCETON (CG-59) travelled just a few hours north from her home port of San Diego to Seal Beach, CA to conduct ammunition offloading following a six month deployment.
After a well deserved holiday break, PRINCETON took to the Pacific Ocean once again, firing up the engines which had only sat idle for a few weeks. With deployment still fresh in mind, the crew undertook to the usual rigors of getting underway swiftly.
While in Seal Beach, the crew offloaded the ammunition that PRINCETON had taken halfway around the world. Over a period of four days, dozens of missiles and rockets, many weighing thousands of pounds each, had to be off loaded to prepare the ship for a period of shipyard repairs. Throughout the course of the week, one could literally see the ship floating higher out of the water due to the extreme weight reduction.
But the Navy isn’t all work and no play. Part of being in the Navy is making port calls, and while this one was a working port, going ashore to stretch out was something most of the crew took advantage of. After a full day of work, the ship’s crew got to relax in the small town atmosphere while still having the option of travelling to nearby larger communities, such as Long Beach or Huntington Beach. “The people here [in Seal Beach] seemed really supportive and welcomed us into their community, knowing we had a job to do,” said Fire Controlman Second Class Nate Eckstrom.
Four days after the PRINCETON arrived in Seal Beach, the job was successfully completed. And while nothing quite compares to visiting other countries on deployment, the crew was happy to be back.
PRINCETON is currently undergoing routine maintenance and upgrades after returning from a six-month deployment.