American Legion Post 50 SAL 50 New York USA
|March 2, 2009
WVOX 1460 AM WVOX.com
Sons of the American Legion Radio Report
Fighting Pirates off of Somalia
Admiral Terence McKnight USN
Adm Terrance McKnight USN was able to call in to the show from his flagship, the USS
Monterey sailing off of Somalia.
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Rear Admiral Terence E. "Terry" McKnight
Expeditionary Strike Group 2/Commander, Task Force 51/59/151
Rear Admiral Terence E. McKnight, a native of Norfolk, graduated from the Virginia Military
Institute in May 1978. He completed his master's degree in International Relations at Salve Regina
University in May 1998. Additionally, he graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 1994 and
attended the National Security Seminar at Syracuse University in 2001.
McKnight's early sea duty assignments included USS El Paso (LKA 117), USS John L. Hall (FFG
32), USS Shreveport (LPD 12) and executive officer in USS Cayuga (LST 1186). He commanded
USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) from January 1995 until November 1996 and USS Kearsarge (LHD
3) from July 2002 until December 2003.
Duties ashore included the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) as assistant lieutenant
commander detailer, aide and administrative assistant to the Chief of Naval Personnel, Surface
Warfare Officers School, Command Training Department as head Expeditionary Warfare
instructor, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), executive assistant to the Assistant
Secretary of Navy (Manpower & Reserve Affairs), the Office of Chief of Naval Operations N6/N7,
and executive assistant to the Under Secretary of the Navy.
McKnight served as the 85th commandant of Naval District Washington, the oldest continuously
operated Navy installation in the nation and the deputy commander, Joint Force Headquarters
National Capital Region.
McKnight assumed duties as Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2, in September 2007.
McKnight's personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious
Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal,
as well as various other unit awards and decorations.
USS Monterey History:
All Ticonderoga Class AEGIS Cruisers are named for great American battles. USS MONTEREY
(CG-61) commemorates the battle fought on 20-24 September, 1846, in the war with Mexico.
On the 19th of September, General Zachary Taylor, with a force of 6,625 men, arrived at
Monterey. The city which sprawled before Taylor presented a formidable aspect to the
would-be conqueror. Monterey's southern and eastern limits rested on the Santa Catarina
river, relatively safe from assault. Southwest and just across the river from Nueva Leon's
capital stood Federation Hill, from which a single-gun redoubt and Fort El Soldado Commanded
the city. Directly across the river from these works, and even more imposing, rose the
precipitous Independence Hill, boasting a sandbag redoubt on its western end and a fortress,
Bishop's Palace, on the east. North of the city stood Fort Black, a massive stone work mounting
twelve guns. East of it, next to the river, was Fort Teneria with four guns and behind it, a
well-manned, fortified tannery. Two hundred yards south stood Fort Diablo. Throughout
Monterey houses were fortified with loopholes and sandbags, and streets had been
barricaded. Garrisoning the awesome labyrinth of defenses were 10,000 regular troops led by
General Pedro de Ampudia.
Starting on the morning of 20 September, Taylor stormed the heavily defended city. The
Bishop's Palace fell to the Americans on 21 September. The Americans were forced to take
each house in succession, because the houses were solidly built and streets strongly
barricaded. The battle lasted until 23 September, with the Mexican forces contesting every foot
of ground until only the Citadel remained in their possession. On the morning of 24 September,
General Ampudia surrendered. He and his army were permitted to march out with honors of
Three previous Navy ships have been named MONTEREY; a screw tug which served in San
Francisco Bat from 1863 to 1892; Monitor No. 6, which was commissioned in 1893, serving in
the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection; and the WWII aircraft carrier, which
won 11 battle stars.
The present Monterey is the sixteenth AEGIS cruiser to join the fleet, and the fourth built by
Bath Iron Works of Bath, Maine. She takes her place in the coordinated Battle Group utilizing
her AEGIS Weapons System, SPY-1B radar, SM-2 surface-to-air guided missiles, and SQQ-89
USW suite in defense of the Battle Group against hostile aircraft, cruise missiles, and
submarines. MONTEREY has been designed and built to fight in a multi-threat environment,
and possesses an new long range strike capability in her Tomahawk and Harpoon cruise
missiles. She also supports two LAMPS MK III Helicopters. MONTEREY was launched on 23
October, 1989, conducted her first sea trials in November, 1989 and was commissioned on 16
June, 1990. MONTEREY'S homeport is Norfolk, Virginia.
General Characteristics, Ticonderoga Class
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding: CG 47-50, CG 52-57, 59, 62, 65-66, 68-69, 71-73
Bath Iron Works: CG 51, 58, 60-61, 63-64, 67, 70.
Date Deployed: 22 January 1983 (USS Ticonderoga)
Unit Cost: About $1 billion each.
Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines; 2 shafts, 80,000 shaft horsepower
Length: 567 feet.
Beam: 55 feet.
Displacement: 9,600 tons (9,754.06 metric tons) full load.
Speed: 30 plus knots.
Crew: 24 Officers, 340 Enlisted.