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USS Normandy

1.3 50th Anniversary of D day

USS Normandy (CG-60) is a Ticonderoga-class guidedmissile cruiser in the service of the United States Navy.
Armed with naval guns and anti-air, anti-surface, and
anti-submarine missiles, plus other weapons, she is
equipped for surface-to-air, surface-to-surface, and antisubmarine warfare. The cruiser was the rst US warship
since 1945 to go to war on her maiden cruise and in 1998
she was awarded the title Most Tomahawks shot by a
U.S. Navy Cruiser. She is named for the World War II
Battle of Normandy, France, on and following D-Day.

In an historic rst, Normandy embarked nine World War

II veterans on 18 May 1994 for commemoration of the
50th anniversary of the Allied landings on the coast of
France. These activities took place in Portsmouth, England, until 31 May, ending in Le Havre, France. Over
15,000 visitors toured the ship while Normandys honor
guard embarked veterans participated in various memorial services and events on both sides of the English Channel. USS Normandy served as a centerpiece over the two
week course of ceremonies, and specically for national
commemorations at Slapton Sands, United Kingdom on
31 May by U.S. Ambassador Crowe, and at the Normandy beachheads on 6 June by President Bill Clinton.

Service history

On 27 June 1994, Normandy participated in the Naval

Station New York closing ceremonies. Staten Island's
Borough President, Guy Molinari, and his daughter Congresswoman Susan Molinari were the featured speakers
as the Navy turned the base over to the citys Emergency
Services. After four years homeported at Staten Island,
New York, Normandy departed for her new homeport of
Norfolk, Virginia.

Normandy was laid down at Bath Iron Works, Bath,

Maine, on 7 April 1987, launched on 19 March 1988, and
commissioned on 9 December 1989. She is homeported
in Norfolk, Virginia.


Gulf War
1.4 Operation Deliberate Force

Just one year after her commissioning in Newport, Rhode

Island, Normandy sailed into action in order to support
the multinational eort to free Kuwait. Normandy and
her crew left on 28 December 1990 to join United Nations forces conducting Operations Desert Shield and
Desert Storm. As part of the USS America Battle Group,
Normandy transited the Suez Canal and the Red Sea on
her way to the Persian Gulf. Normandy red 26 Tomahawk cruise missiles, protected allied ships and aircraft in
the area, conducted maritime interdiction operations, and
helped to locate and destroy enemy mines. She was the
rst US warship since 1945 to go to war on her maiden


Lisina radio relay tower before the Tomahawk strike

Adriatic Operations

On 28 August 1995, USS Normandy began a six-month

deployment to the Mediterranean with the USS America. On 8 September, Normandy was in the Western
Mediterranean conducting turnover with the outgoing
battle group. After receiving immediate tasking to proceed at best speed to the Adriatic, Normandy sped across
the 1,600 nautical miles (2,960 km) at maximum speed.

On 11 August 1993, USS Normandy and the USS America Battle Group deployed to the Adriatic Sea in support of United Nations eorts with the war-torn Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia. Normandys primary duty
was Adriatic air-space controller for Operations Provide
Promise, Deny Flight, and Sharp Guard.


mander for the entire Persian Gulf. For four months Normandy patrolled the Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. During this time, she conducted several successful maritime-interception operations along with her
strike and air-defense duties.
Throughout this deployment, Normandy achieved more
than 300 mishap-free hours of ight operations, conducted 27 underway replenishments and sailed a total of
48,000 miles (77,000 km). Underway for the holidays,
Normandy hosted pop singer Paula Cole on 23 December
and the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jay Johnson,
along with his wife and the Master Chief Petty Ocer
of the Navy, ETCM John Hagan, on Christmas morning. George Washington's battle group was relieved by
The same facility reduced to rubble after the missiles hit home
the USS John C. Stennis Battle Group in the Persian Gulf
and Normandy returned to her homeport of Norfolk on 3
April 1998. Normandy nished a major overhaul period
Arriving in the Operation Deliberate Force theatre of opin Norfolk Naval Shipyard on 28 February.
erations on 10 September, Normandy launched a 13 Tomahawk missile strike against hostile air defense command
and control sites in Lisina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, north
of the Bosnian Serb stronghold of Banja Luka, between 1.6 Miscellaneous Activities
20.40 and 20.45 pm.[2] The American cruiser used a new
type of Tomahawk missile, the Block-III model, which On 8 May 1990, Normandy responded to a distress call
included for the rst time GPS guidance in combination by the destroyer USS Conyngham o of the coast of Virwith its TERCOM system based on topographic maps. ginia. A major fuel oil re erupted from the ships ForThis gave exibility and speed to the attack.[3] This preci- ward Fire Room into the ships superstructure, isolating
sion strike, awlessly executed on extremely short notice, the crew forward and aft. Fire crews from the USS Norpaved the way for follow-on tactical air strikes against mandy boarded the Conyngham via small boat transfer
Bosnian Serb military positions in the region. This ac- and were instrumental in extinguishing the re.
tion sent a strong signal of United States resolve and On 21 June 2000 Normandy and the USS George Washplayed a signicant role in convincing the Bosnian-Serb ington Battle Group deployed to the Mediterranean and
government to cease hostilities and resume peace nego- the Arabian Sea. On 19 December, Normandy returned
tiations. During the six-month deployment Normandy to Norfolk just in time for the holidays.
again served as Adriatic air-space controller for OperaOn 20 June 2002, Normandy left the US East Coast on
tion Deny Flight, Sharp Guard, and Decisive Endeavor.
deployment. Again assigned to the George Washington
Battle Group, Normandy returned to Norfolk in December 2002.


Exercise Bright Star and Operation

In 2003, the ship was assigned to Cruiser-Destroyer
Southern Watch
Group 2.

On 3 October 1997, Normandy once again began a sixmonth deployment, this time as Air Defense Commander
of the USS George Washington battle group. Throughout the month of October, Normandy participated, along
with 27 other international units, in Exercise Bright Star
o the Egyptian coast. Upon completion of Bright Star,
Normandy was directed to proceed at best speed to the
Persian Gulf.

On 25 March 2005, Normandy left the East Coast with

the assault ship USS Kearsarge ESG, deployed to the
Mediterranean and Northern Persian Gulf. Normandy returned to Norfolk in October 2005.

In April of 2007 Normandy deployed on her 7 month

NATO cruise. Ships crew was awarded the Article 5
NATO Medal. She returned on Halloween after 200 days
of showing the ag, in the process becoming the rst ship
Beginning 16 November, Normandy, along with other to circumnavigate Africa. On this cruise, sailors on board
units of the George Washington battle group, transited earned their Bluenose and Emerald Shellback.
the Suez Canal, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, and Arabian
Sea. In a record-setting ve days, Normandy and George On 13 January 2010, the Normandy was ordered to assist
eorts following the 2010 Haiti earthWashington entered the Persian Gulf and joined the USS in humanitarian
Nimitz Battle Group in an impressive show of force and
United Nation resolve with Iraq. Immediately, Normandy On 20 May 2010, the Normandy deployed to the Persian
assumed duties as the Ready Strike platform in the Gulf Gulf for a seven month deployment. It returned on 12
and, later, also assumed the duties as the air-defense com- December 2010 on a bitterly cold, snowy day.

In 2012, the Normandy deployed for two months to the
Baltic Sea in support of diplomatic relations in regards
to BaltOps 2012 and FRUKUS 2012 (France, Russia,
United Kingdom, and United States).
On 20 April 2015, the Normandy along with the USS
Theodore Roosevelt were deployed o the coast of Yemen
to intercept suspected Iranian weapons shipments intended for the Houthi rebels, who are locked in battle with
Yemeni government forces.[6]


USS Normandy received the Navy Unit Commendation,

the National Defense Service Medal, and the Southwest
Asia Service Medal (with two bronze stars) for her efforts in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert
Storm. She was awarded her second Navy Unit Commendation Medal in June 1994 for her extensive participation in events commemorating D-Day. Normandy
was awarded her third Navy Unit Commendation and the
Meritorious Unit Commendation for her actions during
her time in the Adriatic. In 1997, she won the Marjorie
Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for the Atlantic Fleet.
Along with the 1998 title Most Tomahawks shot by a US
Navy cruiser,[7] USS Normandy holds three Battle E
Awards for overall ship-wide excellence in performance.


[1] USS Normandy (CG 60)

[2] Rip, Michael Russell and Hasik, James M.:The Precision
Revolution: GPS and the Future of Aerial Warfare. Naval
Institute Press, 2002. ISBN 1-55750-973-5. Page 226
[3] Rip and Hasik, op. cit., pp. 227228
[4] World Navies Today: US Navy Aircraft Carriers & Surface Combatants, Retrieved May 2012
[5] Bacon, Lance M. (13 January 2010). Carl Vinson, 6
Other Ships Headed to Haiti. Navy Times. Retrieved
13 January 2010.
[6] US aircraft carrier sent to block Iranian shipments to
Yemen. Retrieved Fox News. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
[7] CG 60 Normandy Vanguards of Victory

This article includes information collected from the
Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government
publication, is in the public domain. The entry can
be found here.

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