USS Valley Forge (CG-50)
USS Valley Forge (CG-50) underway near San Diego
|Name:||USS Valley Forge|
|Ordered:||28 August 1981|
|Laid down:||14 April 1983|
|Launched:||23 June 1984|
|Christened:||29 September 1984|
|Commissioned:||18 January 1986|
|Decommissioned:||30 August 2004|
|Struck:||30 August 2004|
|Motto:||First In War - First In Peace|
|Fate:||Sunk as target 2006|
|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|
|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 Valley Forge (CG-50) was a Ticonderoga-class cruiser in the United States Navy. She was named for Valley Forge, where the Continental Army camped during one winter in the American Revolution. The ship was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi and was christened on 29 September 1984 by her sponsor Julia Vadala Taft, wife of Deputy Secretary of Defense William H. Taft IV.
During the 1986 Rim Pac naval exercise, she acted as the plane guard for the aircraft carrier USS Ranger.
In March 2003, Valley Forge was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 21.
The ship was decommissioned on 31 August 2004 at San Diego Naval Station, the first ship with the Aegis combat system withdrawn from service. Valley Forge was sunk on 2 November 2006 as part of a target practice on a test range near Kauai, Hawaii.
In Fiction and Literature
- http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav/usa/surface.htm, accessed May 2012
- Cavas, Christopher (2006-11-17). "Aegis ship sunk on target range". Navy Times. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
- Google Books reference to USS Valley Forge in novel Treason
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