20 April 1988,
during Fleet Exercise 88-1, Vincennes, commanded by Captain W. C.
Rogers III, was given unexpected orders to proceed back to San Diego
and make preparations to leave on a six month deployment. A 96-hour
load-out and fitting of special armament ensued prior to deploying. One
month later, with trans-Pacific and Indian Ocean speed records,
the ship entered the Persian Gulf, to become part of the Joint Task
Force in the Persian Gulf. During the course of this assignment
it made fourteen transits of the Straits of Hormuz in support of
Operation Earnest Will.
February of 1990, Vincennes deployed on her third six month tour
of the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, In addition to covering
the fleet with the "Aegis Shield" and coordination all
Battle Group air events, Vincennes served as the Command and Control
Flagship during Harpoon-Ex-90. Vincennes spent more time at sea
during deployment than any other ship in the Battle Group. In July
1990. Vincennes returned home after steaming nearly 100,000 miles.
She deployed with SH-60S LAMPS MK III Anti-Submarine helicopters
from HSL-45 Det 13. The embarked LAMPS detachment was a tremendous
asset and performed superbly in its Anti-Submarine Warfare and Anti-Surface