USS Antietam (CG-54)

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USS Antietam (CG-54)
USS Antietam
USS Antietam (CG-54) underway in the rough seas of the East China Sea in 2003.
United States
Name: Antietam
Namesake: Battle of Antietam
Operator:  United States Navy
Ordered: 20 June 1983
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 15 November 1984
Launched: 14 February 1986
Commissioned: 6 June 1987
Homeport: Yokosuka, Japan
Motto: Power to Prevail
Status: in active service
Badge: Coat of arms
General characteristics
Class and type: Ticonderoga-class guided missile 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)
  • 2 × controllable-reversible pitch propellers
  • 2 × rudders
Speed: 32.5 knots (60 km/h; 37.4 mph)
Complement: 33 officers, 27 Chief Petty Officers, and approx. 340 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
Aircraft carried: 2 × Sikorsky SH-60B or MH-60R Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.

USS Antietam (CG-54) is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser of the United States Navy. Antietam was named for the site of the 1862 Battle of Antietam, Maryland, between Confederate forces under General Robert E. Lee and Union forces under Major General George McClellan, during the American Civil War. She was built by the Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation at Pascagoula, Mississippi and commissioned on 6 June 1987. USS Antietam earned the 2007 and 2008 Battle Efficiency awards, also known as the Battle E award, for the USS John C. Stennis Strike Group. Antietam was out of operation for a while after running aground while trying to anchor in Tokyo Bay in January 2017.


Antietam was laid down by the Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation at Pascagoula, Mississippi, on 15 November 1984, launched on 14 February 1986, and commissioned on 6 June 1987 in Baltimore, Maryland.


With her guided missiles and rapid-fire guns, she is capable of facing and defeating threats in the air, on the sea, on the shore, and beneath the sea. She also carries two Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS helicopters, capable of multiple missions, but primarily equipped for antisubmarine warfare (ASW).


From 1988 to 1991, the ship was assigned to Naval Surface Group, Long Beach, which was part of Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific.

In March 2003, Antietam was assigned to Carrier Group Three.[1]

Antietam operated out of her home port of San Diego, Calif. In 2009, she completed a six-month deployment, leaving San Diego in January 2009, and returning home in July 2009. Stops along the way included Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Guam, and Hawaii.

From January to August 2007, Antietam deployed to the Persian Gulf. During that seven-month deployment, she visited Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Pearl Harbor before returning to home port.

From February to August 2005, Antietam completed a circumnavigation of the Earth, leaving San Diego to the west and returning home by way of the east. During the deployment, she had an extended stay in the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On the return to home port, she disembarked nearly a third of her active personnel in Florida to make room for family and friends of the remaining crew, who embarked in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to take part in a friends and family "tiger cruise" back to San Diego.

In February 2013, Antietam relieved USS Cowpens in a "hull-swap" at Yokosuka, Japan, in which the two crews swapped ships. Cowpens, previously deployed to Yokosuka, was then homeported at Naval Base San Diego, California, while Antietam took up her new homeport at Yokosuka.[2]

In November 2013, she was deployed as a part of the U.S. aid mission to the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the country, particularly the city of Tacloban and Leyte Province.[3]


On 31 January 2017, commanded by CAPT Joseph Carrigan, Antietam ran aground in Tokyo Bay near her home port of Yokosuka, Japan. Antietam was anchored off the coast in 30-knot winds and a strong tide when the crew noticed the ship was dragging its anchor. They got the ship underway, but shortly after doing so, they felt the ship shudder as it lost all pitch control in both propellers. They had run aground on a shoal with damage to both propellers and one of the propeller hubs, causing 1,100 US gallons (4,200 l) of hydraulic oil to leak into the water.[4][5] No personnel were injured during the incident.[6] Repairs are expected to cost at least $4.2 million.[7]



  1. ^ "World Navies Today: US Navy Aircraft Carriers & Surface Combatants". 10 March 2003. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Kelly, Paul (6 February 2013). "USS Antietam and USS Cowpens Complete Hull Swap In Japan". US Navy. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Baculinao, Eric (13 November 2013). "Typhoon Haiyan: Desperation triggers anarchy in storm-devastated areas". NBC News. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  4. ^ LaGrone, Sam (1 February 2017). "USS Antietam Likely Headed to Dry Dock for Repairs, 1,100 Gallons of Hydraulic Oil Still Missing". Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Cohen, Zachary (1 February 2017). "USS Antietam guided-missile cruiser runs aground, leaks oil". CNN. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Larter, David B. (31 January 2017). "Officials: Navy cruiser ran aground near Japan". NavyTimes. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  7. ^ TYLER HLAVAC (August 1, 2017). "Navy probe blames captain's judgment in USS Antietam grounding". STARS AND STRIPES. 

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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