USS Monterey returns to Malta

U.S. Navy ship USS Monterey (CG-61) returned to Malta’s historic Grand Harbour on Monday, December 16. The ship’s last visit to Malta was in 2002.

While in Malta, the crew will enjoy several days of rest and recuperation and will have opportunities to visit the historical and cultural treasures of Malta.  In keeping with U.S. Navy tradition, members of the crew have volunteered to participate in community relations projects that support Malta's local communities. Crew members and members of the Armed Forces of Malta will also participate in joint training exercises.

Monterey is currently deployed in support of the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operation's Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) mission and while supporting maritime and theater security operations in support of Operation Active Endeavor.  Monterey is wrapping up a 9-month deployment to the 5th Fleet area of operations where she served a similar mission focus for the Arabian Gulf nations.

Monterey is under the command of Captain Rick Cheeseman, who assumed command in mid-November after serving as the Deputy for Manpower, Training, and Strategy in the Surface Warfare Division (N96) of the OPNAV Staff.