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Cruisers - CG, CGN

Description: Large combat vessel with multiple target response capability.

Features: Modern U. S. Navy guided missile cruisers perform primarily in a Battle Force role. These ships are multi-mission (AAW, ASW, ASUW) surface combatants capable of supporting carrier battle groups, amphibious forces, or of operating independently and as flagships of surface action groups. Due to their extensive combat capability, these ships have been designated as Battle Force Capable (BFC) units. The cruisers are equipped with Tomahawk ASM/LAM giving them additional long range strike mission capability.

Background: Technological advances in the Standard Missile coupled with the AEGIS combat system in Ticonderoga class cruisers and the upgrading of older cruisers have increased the AAW capability of surface combatants to pinpoint accuracy from wave-top to zenith. The addition of Tomahawk ASM/LAM in the CG-47, CGN-36 and CGN-38 classes, has vastly complicated unit target planning for any potential enemy and returned an offensive strike role to the surface forces that seemed to have been lost to air power at Pearl Harbor.

The California-class nuclear-powered guided-missile cruisers were inactivated at the end of Fiscal Year 1998

Point of Contact:
Department of the Navy (OP-03PA)
Washington, D.C. 20350-2000

General Characteristics, Ticonderoga Class

Builders:
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.
Power Plant:4 General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines; 2 shafts, 80,000 shaft horsepower total.
Length: 567 feet
Beam: 55 feet
Displacement: 9,600 tons (9,754.06 metric tons) full load
Speed: 30 plus knots
Aircraft: Two SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS) in CG 47-48; Two SH-60 Sea Hawk (LAMPS III)
Cost: About $1 billion each
Ships:
USS Vincennes (CG 49), Yokosuka, Japan
USS Valley Forge (CG 50), San Diego, Calif.
USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), San Diego, Calif.
USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), Yokosuka, Japan
USS Antietam (CG 54), San Diego, Calif.
USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), Norfolk, Va.
USS San Jacinto (CG 56), Norfolk, Va.
USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), San Diego, Calif.
USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), Mayport, Fla.
USS Princeton (CG 59), San Diego, Calif.
USS Normandy (CG 60), Norfolk, Va.
USS Monterey (CG 61), Norfolk, Va.
USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), Yokosuka, Japan
USS Cowpens (CG 63), San Diego, Calif.
USS Gettysburg (CG 64), Mayport, Fla.
USS Chosin (CG 65), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Hue City (CG 66), Mayport, Fla.
USS Shiloh (CG 67), San Diego, Calif.
USS Anzio (CG 68), Norfolk, Va.
USS Vicksburg (CG 69), Mayport, Fla.
USS Lake Erie (CG 70), Pearl Harbor, HI
USS Cape St. George (CG 71), Norfolk, Va.
USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), Norfolk, Va.
USS Port Royal (CG 73), Pearl Harbor, HI
Crew: 24 Officers, 340 Enlisted
Armament: MK26 missile launcher (CG 47 thru CG 51) or MK41 vertical launching system (CG 52 thru CG 73) Standard Missile (MR); Anti-Submarine Rocket (ASROC); Tomahawk ASM/LAM; Six MK-46torpedoes (from two triple mounts); Two MK 455-inch/54 caliber lightweight guns; Two Phalanx close-in-weapons systems
Date Deployed: 22 January 1983 (USS Ticonderoga)

Above Information Courtesy of United States Navy

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