Congratulations on your assignment to multi-mission Aegis Guided Missile Cruiser USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70).
You will join a ship that is rich in history. The name of our ship commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie that put an end to the War of 1812. During this pivotal engagement, fought on September 10, 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 and continues to inspire the crew of LAKE ERIE today.
Beyond the Great Lakes, our history extends to the waters of the Pacific. This past decade LAKE ERIE had the privilege of serving as our nation’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Test Ship, enabling the development and employment of critical modern deterrent capability Aegis BMD 4.0 and Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block 1B. Partnered with Missile Defense Agency and through extensive testing, LAKE ERIE increased our nation’s battle space and extended the reach of our fleet thereby moving the fulcrum of geo-political leverage!
That said, we are more than a Ballistic Missile Defense warship. 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. With our many successes we’ve been highly sought after by our forward operational commanders and will participate in a variety of challenging assignments throughout the Pacific Theater.
You will be assigned a sponsor when the ship receives your orders. Your sponsor will assist you during your transfer process and will remain with you the first days on board. The ship is located in San Diego, Ca, so please reach out to the sponsor coordinator at or the ships quarterdeck at 619-556- 3536 if you have not heard from your sponsor.
You can also learn more general information about LAKE ERIE by viewing our website at
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. You’ll need to be running just to keep up.

C. R. O'Connell
Captain, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer
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