USS Gettysburg (CG-64)

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USS Gettysburg in the Atlantic Ocean
USS Gettysburg in the Atlantic Ocean
Career (US)
Name: USS Gettysburg
Namesake: Battle of Gettysburg
Ordered: January 8, 1986
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: August 17, 1988
Launched: July 2, 1989
Commissioned: June 22, 1991
Homeport: Mayport, Florida
Motto: Deeds Not Words
Status: in active service, as of 2014
Badge: USS Gettyburg CG-64 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Ticonderoga-class cruiser
Displacement: Approx. 9,600 long tons (9,800 t) full load
Length: 567 feet (173 m)
Beam: 55 feet (16.8 meters)
Draft: 34 feet (10.2 meters)
Propulsion:

4 × General Electric LM2500 gas turbine engines, 80,000 shaft horsepower (60,000 kW)
2 × controllable-reversible pitch propellers

2 × rudders
Speed: 32.5 knots (60 km/h)
Complement: 33 officers, 27 Chief Petty Officers, and approx. 340 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
Armament:

2 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems containing

8 × RGM-84 Harpoon missiles
2 × Mk 45 Mod 2 5-in/54-cal lightweight gun
2 × 25 mm Mk 38 gun
2–4 × .50 cal (12.7 mm) gun
2 × Phalanx CIWS Block 1B

2 × Mk 32 12.75-in (324 mm) triple torpedo tubes for lightweight torpedoes
Aircraft carried: 2 × MH-60R helicopters

USS Gettysburg (CG-64) is a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser in the United States Navy. She is named for the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. She was built at the Bath Iron Works in Maine.

With her guided missiles and rapid-fire cannons, she is capable of facing and defeating threats in the air, on the sea, or ashore, and underneath the sea. She also carries two Seahawk LAMPS multi-purpose helicopters, but mainly for anti-submarine warfare (ASW).

She is homeported in Mayport, Florida.

Operation history[edit]

On November 30, 1994, Gettysburg — along with USS Halyburton — was dispatched to assist the cruise ship Achille Lauro, which was on fire in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia. Achille Lauro eventually sank but the passengers were rescued and transported to Mombasa, Kenya.[1][2][3]

In March 2003 the ship was assigned to Cruiser-Destroyer Group Twelve.[4]

On May 13, 2009, a team of sailors from the ship apprehended 17 pirates off the coast of Yemen as the pirates were attempting to hijack the Egyptian ship Motor Vessel Amira.[5] The ship was filmed in her counter-piracy role and featured on the Spike TV network special U.S. Navy: Pirate Hunters.[6]

Gettysburg completed her Composite Unit Training Exercise as part of Carrier Strike Group Two on February 10, 2011.[7] Gettysburg deployed with an embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 70 (HSM-70) detachment as part of Carrier Strike Group Two, departing Naval Station Mayport on May 10, 2011.[8] Gettysburg subsequently participated in NATO naval exercise Exercise Saxon Warrior off the coast of England under the operational control of Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST). During this exercise, Gettysburg operated with the new British guided-missile destroyer Dauntless.[9]

The ship is now part of Carrier Strike Group Ten.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ R. D. Reilly, Jr. (C.O. of USS Halyburton) (July 1, 1995). "Submission of Command History for Calendar Year 1994 (USS Halyburton)" (PDF). United States Navy. Retrieved March 8, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Achille Lauro sinks near Somalia". History.com. Retrieved March 8, 2008. 
  3. ^ "CG 64 Gettysburg". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved March 8, 2008. 
  4. ^ http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav/usa/surface.htm, accessed May 2012
  5. ^ Washington Times, "U.S. Sailors Catch Pirates Red-Handed", May 15, 2009, p. 11.
  6. ^ "Spike Sails the High Seas With the US Navy in Its Search for Pirates in New One-Hour Special". Market Watch (WSJ). May 17, 2010. Retrieved June 9, 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Betsy Lynn Knapper, USN (February 17, 2011). "USS Gettysburg Completes COMPTUEX". NNS110217-02. USS Gettysburg Public Affairs. Retrieved February 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Betsy Lynn Knapper, USN (May 12, 2011). "USS Gettysburg Deploys with George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group". NNS110512-19. USS Gettysburg Public Affair. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Betsy Lynn Knapper, USN (May 24, 2011). "Gettysburg Participates in Saxon Warrior". NNS110524-12. USS Gettysburg Public Affair. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

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