USS Lake Erie. Photo credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paul D. Honnick/U.S. Navy

The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie left its longtime home port of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Friday for its new base in San Diego, according to the Navy.

The 567-foot vessel is scheduled to receive an overhaul after it arrives here and then join the rotation of ships that deploy to the Western Pacific for ballistic missile defense assignments.

The Lake Erie was replaced in the islands by the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones, which had been based in San Diego. The destroyer will be used for missile interception tests.

Commissioned at Pearl Harbor 21 years ago, the Lake Erie is named for a naval battle in the War of 1812 that became famous for the motto, “Don’t give up the ship!”

The cruiser, with its crew of 400, returned to Hawaii in June from its most recent deployment, which lasted four months. The Navy has not announced when it will arrive in San Diego.

— City News Service

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