USS Princeton’s Sailors Visit Namesake City
Twenty Sailors, assigned to Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), visited their ship’s namesake city June 6-8 to engage with the community, share the Navy’s story, and learn more about the historical connection to their vessel’s namesake.
During the visit, the crew met with the mayor, city officials, and public figures, toured the campus of Princeton University with NROTC representatives, visited important landmarks, and gave presentations at the local schools.
“It’s an honor to host the crew of USS Princeton in our city, to speak to the sailors and learn a little bit about them, where they are from, and about their service,” said Mayor Mark Freda. “The ship’s namesake commemorates the historic battle that helped in the formation of our nation, the Battle of Princeton — one of the turning points in the war for Independence. And as the battle was critical almost 250 years ago, USS Princeton and her sailors are critical today to the defense of our nation. We are extremely happy to have them here and to share these connections together.”
During the meeting with the city officials, Captain Victor Sheldon, commanding officer of USS Princeton, presented the mayor with a ship’s plaque and a flag that was flown aboard the ship.
USS Princeton is home-ported at Naval Base San Diego, California. She is the sixth ship to carry the name.