Congratulations on your assignment to the multi-mission Aegis Guided Missile Cruiser USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70).

You are joining a ship that is rich in naval history. The ship’s name commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie, a key victory for the United States in 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. LAKE ERIE had the privilege of serving as our nation’s Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Test Ship for 17 years, enabling the development and employment of this critical modern deterrent capability. Partnered with the 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!

More recently, we deployed to the Middle East and Western Pacific and reinforced United States commitment to allies and partners in these regions.  Keeping operational primacy, good stewardship, professional development and safety at the forefront in all that we do, we provide our nation with the most ready and combat effective ship.  We will fight and win where it matters, when it matters! 
Your sponsor will contact and 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! 
G. Ayan
Captain, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer
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