USS Vicksburg (CG-69)
USS Vicksburg (CG-69) in the Atlantic Ocean
|Namesake:||Battle of Vicksburg|
|Operator:||United States Navy|
|Ordered:||25 February 1988|
|Laid down:||30 May 1990|
|Launched:||7 September 1991|
|Acquired:||21 September 1992|
|Commissioned:||14 November 1992|
|Motto:||Key to Victory|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2015[update]|
|Class and 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
|Speed:||32.5 knots (60 km/h; 37.4 mph)|
|Complement:||33 officers, 27 Chief Petty Officers, and approx. 340 enlisted|
|Armament:||2 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems containing
|Aircraft carried:||2 × Sikorsky SH-60B or MH-60R Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.|
USS Vicksburg (CG-69) is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser serving in the United States Navy. She is named for both the land Battle of Vicksburg fought during the American Civil War, and the city of Vicksburg, MS.
Vicksburg was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding, at Pascagoula, Mississippi. Her keel was laid down on 30 May 1990 and she was launched on 7 September 1991. Vicksburg is sponsored by Tricia Lott, wife of United States Senator, Trent Lott. On 12 October 1991, Mrs. Lott christened CG-69 as Vicksburg. She was commissioned on 14 November 1992.
With her guided missiles and rapid-fire cannons, Vicksburg is capable of facing threats in the air, on the sea, ashore, and underneath the sea. She is also capable of carrying two SH-60 Sea Hawk Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System (LAMPS III) helicopters.
The current commanding officer of the Vicksburg is Captain Lyle Hall.
On her maiden cruise, the Vicksburg was assigned to the USS Saratoga's battle group, which was stationed off the coast of Montenegro. The Vicksburg participated in Operation Deny Flight and Operation Provide Promise, serving as an airspace command and control platform. In May 1994, the Vicksburg participated in NATO's "Dynamic Impact 94" exercise in the western Mediterranean, and in August 1994 the Vicksburg joined Operation Able Vigil, helping to intercept Cuban migrants crossing the Florida Straits.
In March 2003 she was assigned to Naval Surface Group Two. On 16 February 2007, Vicksburg was awarded the 2006 Battle "E" award. . She was part of Carrier Strike Group Twelve, which was led until December 2012 by USS Enterprise (CVN-65).
The US Navy was planning to retire Vicksburg along with eight other Ticonderoga class cruisers in fiscal year 2013 in line with U.S. Defense Department budget reductions. The ship was scheduled to be decommissioned on 31 March 2013.  Language inserted into the FY13 House of Representatives Defense Bill retains Vicksburg and two other of her sister ships that were slated for decommissioning. Retaining the ships in the active fleet was not supported by the United States Secretary of Defense, and final outcome will be determined by the final FY13 Defense Bill negotiated with the United States Senate. Vicksburg and two other Ticonderoga-class cruisers were retained under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.
In 2014, the cruiser participated in Joint Warrior 14-2, a United Kingdom-led multinational exercise in British coastal waters. The training was designed to provide allied forces a multiwarfare environment to prepare for global operations. On 4 December 2014, Vicksburg departed Naval Station Mayport to relieve USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) as the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 flagship and to support theater security cooperation efforts in Europe.
In Fiction and Literature
- National Park Service, United States Navy Ships Named After National Parks or Associated with National Park Sites, Accessed 9 March 2006.
- http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav/usa/surface.htm, accessed May 2012
- National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, p. 5.
- Official web site
- USS Vicksburg webpage
- Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC)
- Globalsecurity.org – CG 69 Vicksburg
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