USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51)
USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51) getting underway from Naval Station Pascagoula
|Ordered:||20 May 1982|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works|
|Laid down:||31 August 1984|
|Launched:||14 December 1985|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Thomas S. (Anne) Gates, Jr., widow of the late Secretary of Defense.|
|Acquired:||22 June 1987|
|Commissioned:||22 August 1987|
|Decommissioned:||15 December 2005|
|Struck:||14 December 2005|
|Motto:||Defender of the Republic|
|Fate:||To be disposed of|
|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)|
|Draught:||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|
|Armament:||2 × Mk 26 missile launchers
68 × RIM-66 SM-2, and 20 × RUR-5 ASROC
8 × RGM-84 Harpoon missiles
2 × Mark 45 5 in / 54 cal lightweight gun
2–4 × .50 cal (12.7 mm) gun
2 × Phalanx CIWS
2 × Mk 32 12.75 in (324 mm) triple torpedo tubes
|Aircraft carried:||2 × Sikorsky SH-60B or MH-60R Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.|
USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51) is a flight-I Ticonderoga-class cruiser in the United States Navy. The warship is named after Thomas S. Gates, Secretary of Defense in the last years of the Eisenhower Administration (1959–1961). Thomas S. Gates was laid down 31 August 1984 at Bath Iron Works, Maine and sponsored by Anne Gates, daughter of the ships namesake. Thomas S. Gates was launched 14 December 1985, purchased 22 June 1987 and was commissioned 22 August 1987.
Due to Hurricane Katrina, her last deployment was cut short. The crew was given leave to take care of their families and other personal business. The Navy decommissioned her on 15 December 2005, four months earlier than the planned March, 2006 date, and only after serving 18 years in the active fleet. She was stricken the same date and was berthed at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Philadelphia, PA in 2014. As of 2008, she was slated to be dismantled in the next five years along with her sisters Vincennes and Yorktown. As of July 2014, NAVSEA planned to place ex-Thomas S. Gates and ex-Ticonderoga up for bid to scrappers via the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).
- 1x Navy Unit Commendation
- 1x Meritorious Unit Citation (as part of the USS George Washington (CVN-73) Battle Group)
- 2x Battle Efficiency (Navy E) Ribbons
- 1x Humanitarian Service Medal (as part of Navy Construction Battalion Center Gulfport 20th Naval Construction Regiment )
- 2x Secretary of the Navy Letters of Commendation
- 1x Joint Meritorious Unit Award
- 1x Southwest Asia Service Medal
- 6x Armed Forces Service Medals
- 2x Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbons
Thomas S. Gates’s insignia reflects the government service of the man honored in the name of the ship. The upper section of the crest represents Gates’s World War II service in various aircraft carriers (large, small, and escort); the deep blue represents the Pacific Ocean; the gold U.S. Navy tradition. The heraldic rayonne division of scarlet and gold symbolizes the severity of Japanese kamikaze attacks that descended upon aircraft carriers during the Lingayen, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa campaigns, in which Gates participated. The anchor and stars, adapted from the Secretary of the Navy’s flag, refer to Gates’s tenure as Undersecretary of the Navy and Secretary of the Navy. The three arrows, which appear on the flag of the Secretary of Defense, reflect his tours as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense and Secretary of Defense.
On the crest, the eagle, symbolic of power and authority, along with the ship’s wheel, allude to the strong leadership provided by Gates during a period of technological change (guns to missiles, conventional to nuclear power, piston engines to jets, and the beginning of space exploration) while at the helm of the Defense Department. The alternating colors of the wheel symbolize that era of change. The blue stars represent the United States, the red, China; the gold rays from the Presidential seal emphasize the significance of Gates’s appointment, by President Gerald R. Ford, to head the U.S. Liaison Office to the People’s Republic of China, and reflect Gates’s contributions to the United States in that role, his last as a public servant.
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- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Jane's Fighting Ships
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