USS Gettysburg (CG-64)
USS Gettysburg in the Atlantic Ocean
|Namesake:||Battle of Gettysburg|
|Ordered:||8 January 1986|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works|
|Laid down:||17 August 1988|
|Launched:||2 July 1989|
|Commissioned:||22 June 1991|
|Motto:||Deeds Not Words|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2013[update]|
|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)|
4 × General Electric LM2500 gas turbine engines, 80,000 shaft horsepower (60,000 kW)
|Speed:||32.5 knots (60 km/h)|
|Complement:||33 officers, 27 Chief Petty Officers, and approx. 340 enlisted|
AN/SPY-1A/B multi-function radar
|Armament:||2 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems
122 × Mix of RIM-66M-5 Standard SM-2MR Block IIIB, RIM-156A SM-2ER Block IV, RIM-161 SM-3, RIM-162A ESSM, RIM-174A Standard ERAM, BGM-109 Tomahawk, or RUM-139A VL-ASROC
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 × SH-60 Sea Hawk 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 
On 30 November 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.
On 13 May 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. The ship was filmed in her counter-piracy role and featured on the Spike TV network special U.S. Navy: Pirate Hunters.
Gettysburg completed her Composite Unit Training Exercise as part of Carrier Strike Group Two on 10 February 2011. 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 10 May 2011. 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.
The ship is now part of Carrier Strike Group Fourteen.
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