Welcome Aboard the USS LAKE ERIE
Congratulations on your assignment to multi-mission Aegis Guided Missile Cruiser USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70)! LAKE ERIE’s mission is to conduct strike group and single ship operations and for the time being, also serves as our nation’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Test Ship. In the latter capacity she incorporates next generation equipment and specialized training, enabling LAKE ERIE to develop and employ critical modern deterrent capability Aegis BMD 4.0 and Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block 1B combat capability. Our effort has increased our nation’s battle space and reach of our fleet and most impressively, has moved the fulcrum of geo-political leverage. As you join our crew, you too will be a part of this privilege; however, with our recent testing we have matured this next generation combat capability for Fleet rollout and I suspect that future testing is not required. Fear not, we (LAKE ERIE) are highly sought after by our forward operational commanders and will participate in a variety of challenging missile defense operations throughout the Pacific Theater.
On LAKE ERIE we are not just a test ship, rather we are a warship that specializes in ballistic missile defense. We work hard to maintain excellence in all warfare areas. If called upon, we are ready for immediate tasking and I will ask your help and expertise to meet and maintain our combat readiness.
The name of our ship commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie and extends 200 years! During the pivotal engagement, fought on 10 September, 1813, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry hoisted a crudely stitched flag bearing the dying words of his friend, Captain James Lawrence, “DONT GIVE UP THE SHIP!” That proud motto served as the battle cry that day, and continues to inspire the Officers, Chiefs and Crew of LAKE ERIE today.
Your sponsor will assist you during your transfer process and will remain with you the first days on board. If you have not been assigned a sponsor please email email@example.com and we will provide you one to assist you with the transfer process. Be advised that we are executing a homeport shift from Pearl Harbor to San Diego and the authorizations provided your transfer may preclude you from conducting a typical Navy move. Therefore, it is imperative that you establish early communications with your sponsor and LAKE ERIE’s Homeport Shift Coordinator (LCDR Castillejo) to facilitate a smooth transfer to LAKE ERIE. Homeport Shift Coordinator can be reached at XO@CG70.navy.mil or (808)474-2229. You can also learn more general information about LAKE ERIE by viewing our website at www.cg70.navy.mil.
Shipmate, once again congratulations on your assignment to LAKE ERIE and welcome aboard. You are joining a hard charging, winning team. Come to LAKE ERIE prepared to hit the deck plates running.
DONT GIVE UP THE SHIP!
J. S. BANIGAN
Captain, U.S. Navy
DONT GIVE UP THE SHIP!