Sailors aboard USS Monterey deploy from Norfolk

171016-N-VC599-017 NORFOLK (Oct. 16, 2017) Rear Adm. Jesse A. Wilson Jr., commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic, waves to the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) as the ship deploys from Naval Station Norfolk. Monterey departed for a surge deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert/Released)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The USS Monterey (CG 61) is set to deploy from Naval Station Norfolk Monday.

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser is leaving for a surge deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet and the and U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

The Monterey will help cover gaps left by the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain after they were involved in deadly accidents earlier this year. Monterey will ensure a continuous ballistic missile defense presence and uninterrupted support for potential tasking.

“I am inspired and motivated by the crew of USS Monterey. I could not be more proud and honored to serve with this crew.” said Capt. Dave Stoner, Monterey’s commanding officer. “The effort and skills demonstrated over the last two months is a testament to the strength and abilities of this crew. These Sailors have epitomized this ship’s motto, ‘Rough in Battle, Ready in Peace’.”

The Monterey returned from the last deployment in January after spending over seven months in the same area.

The ship was commissioned June. 16, 1990, and is named after the decisive victory against the Mexican forces at Monterrey, Mexico during the Mexican-American War.