The USS Ticonderoga missile cruisers were developed from the Spruance-class family of ships designed and built during the 1970's to replace aged World War 2-era designs. The vessel was the lead ship in the Ticonderoga class and served from early 1980 to mid 2004 before being relieved of duty with the United States Navy. Her class consisted of four other ships in the same mold and were designated the USS Yorktown, USS Vincennes, USS Valley Forge and USS Thomas S. Gates. The USS Ticonderoga is identified with being the first such ship to implement the potent AEGIS combat system which allowed the vessel to track and engage multiple incoming targets - a vast departure from the single-minded warships previous decades.
Weaponry became the heart of the Ticonderoga-class family and the USS Ticonderoga was fitted with a myriad of weapon types to accomplish multiple services in the role of fleet defense. This included 2 x Mark 5" Mark 45 cannons positioned forward and aft. Twin Mk 26 missile launchers were positioned behind each main gun and could engage with AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles orr RIM-66 SM-2 missiles. Should any enemy aircraft or missile proceed past this level of defense, 2 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS (Close-In Weapon Systems) and up to 4 x 12.7mm (.50 caliber) machine guns provided a final resort. For anti-ship assault, the USS Ticonderoga could call upon 2 x 324mm Mk 32 torpedo tubes. With a flight deck aft (just forward of the rear Mk 26 missile launcher), the USS Ticonderoga could also sport up to two Sikorsky-type SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.
Power for the USS Ticonderoga centered around four General Electric LM2500 gas-powered turbines. These operated twin shafts at 80,000 shaft horsepower provided a speed of up to 32 knots. The vessel displaced at about 9,600 tons, was crewed by 387 personnel and her profile was characterized by the centralized superstructure and twin masts.
The USS Ticonderoga missile cruiser was first ordered in 1978 (then known as the DDG-47), laid down in 1980, launched in 1981 and officially commissioned in 1983. She is currently listed in an inactive status and was decommissioned in 2004, struck from the Naval Vessel Register on September 30th, 2004. As of this writing, she resides a the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Philadelphia. She is affectionately known as "Tico".
September 2004 - USS Ticonderoga was official decommissioned from US Navy service on September 30th, 2004. She awaits scrapping.
USS Ticonderoga (CG-47); USS Yorktown (CG-48); USS Vincennes (CG-49); USS Valley Forge (CG-50); USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51); USS Bunker Hill (CG-52); USS Mobile Bay (CG-53); USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55); USS San Jacinto (CG-56); USS Lake Champlain (CG-57); USS Philippine Sea (CG-58); USS Princeton (CG-59; USS Normandy (CG-60); USS Monterey (CG-61); USS Chancellorsville (CG-62); USS Cowpens (CG-63); USS Gettysburg (CG-64); USS Chosin (CG-65); USS Hue City (CG-66); USS Shiloh (CG-67); USS Anzio (CG-58); USS Vicksburg (CG-69) (ex-USS Port Royal); USS Lake Erie (CG-70); USS Cape St. George (CG-71); USS Vella Gulf (CG-72); USS Port Royal (CG-73)
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
Offshore strike of surface targets primarily through onboard missile / rocket weaponry.
Active patroling of vital waterways and maritime areas; can also serve as local deterrence against airborne and seaborne threats.
✓Airspace Denial / Deterrence
Neutralization or deterrence of airborne elements through onboard ballistic of missile weaponry.
Serving in support (either firepower or material) of the main surface fleet in Blue Water environments.
567.0 ft 172.82 m
55.0 ft 16.76 m
33.0 ft 10.06 m
4 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbines developing 80,000 horsepower and driving 2 x shafts.
32.0 kts (36.8 mph)
kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers
1 kts = 1.15 mph | 1 nm = 1.15 mi | 1 nm = 1.85 km
2 x Mk 26 missile launchers (8 x AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles and 88 x RIM-66 SM-2 missiles).
2 x 5" Mark 45 cannons.
2 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS anti-missile / anti-aircraft defense.
2 x 324mm Mk 32 torpedo tubes.
2 OR 4 x 12.7mm anti-aircraft machine guns.
(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
2 x Sikorsky SH-60 "Seahawk" LAMPS III-equipped navy helicopters.
Ribbon graphics not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective naval campaigns / operations / periods.
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