The USS Lake Champlain under a rainbow. Cover photo from the ship’s Facebook page

The San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain has arrived in Hawaii after a historic port visit to Vietnam earlier this month.

The stop in Hawaii will allow the crew to resupply, conduct maintenance and enjoy some time off the ship.

“The crew has done a fantastic job throughout our deployment to the western Pacific, while keeping Lake Champlain mission ready,” said Capt. Jen Ellinger, commanding officer. “We are looking forward to our brief stop in Hawaii.”

The ship began a regularly-scheduled deployment in January with the USS Carl Vinson strike group and completed its Vietnam visit on March 9. It was the first visit by a U.S. carrier group since the Vietnam War.

The Lake Champlain carries a crew of 350 and is equipped with standard SM-2 surface-to-air missiles, Tomahawk cruise missiles, two 5-inch dual-purpose guns and two MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopters.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.