USS Chancellorsville (CG-62)
Guided-Missile Cruiser Warship
USS Chancellorsville CG-62, a veteran of the late-Cold War period, continues to serve the United States Navy today.
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USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) is one of the twenty-two active (2019) guided-missile cruisers of the Ticonderoga-class. The class, originally numbering twenty-seven, was born in a Cold War (1947-1991) requirement and continues in service with the United States Navy as a potent airspace-denial, land-attack, and warship/submarine-hunting platform - "multi-mission" by approach. USS Chancellorsville was ordered on November 26th, 1984 and awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula, Mississippi. Her keel was laid down on June 24th, 1987 and the vessel was launched for trials on July 15th, 1988 and entered commissioned service with the USN on November 4th, 1989 - originally homeporting out of San Diego waters.
She remains in active service as of this writing (June 2019) though now assigned to Yokosuka, Japan putting her within reach of all points of the volatile Asia-Pacific Theater. The warship is named after the Battle of Chancellorsville (April 30th - May 6th, 1863) concerning the American Civil War.
As built, USS Chancellorsville has a running length of 567 feet, a beam measuring 55 feet, and a draught down to 34 feet. Displacement is 9,800 tons (short) under full load. Aboard is a crew numbering 330 personnel to include up to 30 officers. The propulsion scheme involves 4 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbines driving power to 2 x Shafts capped with controllable-reversible pitch propeller units. The vessel can make headway at speeds up to 32.5 knots.
The warship carries a multitude of sensors and processing systems to provide the needed situational awareness and subsequent response to potential threats. This includes the AN/SPY-1A/B multi-function radar, the AN/SPS-49 air-search radar, and the AN/SPS-73 surface-search radar. To this is added the AN/SPQ-32 Electronic Warfare (EW) suite as well as the AN/SQQ-89(V)1/3 - A(V)15 series sonar suite.
Armament includes 2 x 5" (127mm) turreted deck guns backed by 2 x 61-cell Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) supporting a myriad of in-service USN missile weapons including the BGM-109 "Tomahawk" land-attack cruise missile and the RIM-66M-5 Standard SM-2MR (Block IIIB) medium-ranged surface-to-air missile. 8 x RGM-84 "Harpoon" anti-ship missiles and 2 x 25mm Mk 38 automatic guns are also carried as are 2 x 20mm Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs), 2 x Mk 32 triple torpedo tubes, and up to 4 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs).
Couple with its modern sensors and processing suites, the warship is more than capable of fending off just about any at-sea threat while also participating in fleet actions and land-attack amphibious support missions.
Providing a critical "eye in sky" are up to 2 x Sikorsky "Seahawk" navalized medium-lift helicopters that are equipped (via "LAMPS III") for ship and submarine hunting sorties. Additionally, the vessel can be resupplied at sea thanks to its full-service hangar-helipad combination section set over the stern.
Arriving at the end of the Cold War (1947-1991), USS Chancellorsville entered a new period of USN global activities that allowed her to record actions in the Persian Gulf War of 1991 where she supported the forceful removal of Iraqi elements from neighboring Kuwait through Operation Desert Storm. Her deployment to the region continued throughout the 1990s. In the latter part of the decade, she was deployed to Caribbean waters to curtail drug-trafficking actions before finding herself in Persian Gulf waters once more during Operation Southern Watch.
Various friendly visits and joint-actions dotted her service from 2000 to 2009. In 2011, she supported humanitarian efforts off the coast of Japan following the Tohoku earthquake and subsequent Tsunami. Before the end of 2012, she was given a modernization of her powerful AEGIS system. She was struck by a BQM-74E drone in 2013 resulting in minor injuries to two crewmen. In 2016, she was awarded the Spokane Trophy Award citing proficiency and combat readiness to go along with her other service ribbons that includes the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, several Battle Effectiveness Awards (E), and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.