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USS Ticonderoga (CG-47) Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser USN 1980s
General Background
The Ticonderoga Class ship was first conceived as a low cost, large production number vessel with a hull based on the Spruance Class Destroyer but later was redesigned as a cruiser. Over time the Ticonderoga Class evolved in to one of the most advanced ships in the USN inventory. The Ticonderoga Class was the first combat surface ship to be equipped with the AEGIS Weapon System that can detect threats 200 miles away and provide defense against the threat. Originally there were 27 ships built but 5 have been retired.
The Aircraft
USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) is a Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser that is named after the Battle of Mobile Bay during the American Civil War in 1864. Her keel was laid in June 1984 and launched in August 1985 and after sea-trials Mobile Bay was commissioned on February 21, 1987. Initially her homeport was Mayport, Florida but in June 1990 relocated to Yokosuka, Japan with deployment to support Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. While there the ship launched 22 Tomahawk missiles and help destroy thirty eight Iraqi naval vessels.
Specifications :
First Entered Service: 1983
Crew: 387 Officers and Enlisted Members
Length: 566.9 ft (172.8 m)
Beam: 55.1 ft (16.8 m)
Draught: 31.2 ft (9.5 m)
Displacement (Fully Loaded): 9,960 Long Tons
Propulsion: 4 X General Electric LM2500 Gas Turbines Producing 80,000 shp To Two Reversible Pitch Propellers and Two Rudders
Speed : 32.5 knots (60 km/h / 37.4 mph)
Aircraft : 2 X Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawks
Armament: First Five Vessels Equipped With 2 X Twin Mk 26 Missiles Launchers For Standard SM2-MR Missiles.
From (CG-52) USS Bunker Hill Onward The 2 X Mk 26 Launchers And Magazines Were Replaced By 2 X Mk 41 Vertical Launchers
68 X RIM-66 SM-2
8 X RGM-84 Harpoon Missiles
2 X Mark 45 5 in / 54 cal Lightweight Gun
2 to 4 X .50 cal (12.7 mm) Gun
2 X Phalanx CIWS
2 X Mk 32 12.75 in (324 mm) Triple Torpedo Tubes