USS Philippine Sea (CG-58)

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USS Philippine Sea en route to deployment with the 6th Fleet
USS Philippine Sea en route to deployment with the 6th Fleet
United States
Name: USS Philippine Sea
Namesake: Battle of the Philippine Sea
Operator:  United States Navy
Ordered: 27 December 1983
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 8 April 1986
Launched: 12 July 1987
Commissioned: 18 March 1989
Homeport: Mayport, Florida
Motto: Eternal Vigilance
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Philippine Sea COA.png
General characteristics
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)
  • 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 Philippine Sea (CG-58) is a Flight II Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser on active service in the United States Navy. She is named for the Battle of the Philippine Sea during World War II and is the second ship to bear the name. She has completed multiple deployments as part of Operation Enduring Freedom since 2001.

Operational history[edit]

In 2003, the ship was assigned to Cruiser-Destroyer Group 12.[1]

In 2010, the ship failed her initial Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) inspection.[2] On 7 May 2011, Philippine Sea departed Mayport for a scheduled overseas deployment to the U.S. Fifth Fleet and U.S. Sixth Fleet Area of Responsibility.[3] On 3 June 2011, Philippine Sea paid a port visit to Kiel, Germany, prior to participating with the multi-national exercise Baltic Operations 2011 (BALTOPS-2011). This exercise included naval units from the United States, Russian, Danish, Polish and French navies, and BALTOPS-2011 ended on 21 June 2011.[3][4][5] On 6 July 2011, Philippine Sea rescued 26 Filipino crew members from the Marshall Islands-owned, Liberian-flagged supertanker Brilliante Virtuoso southwest of Aden, Yemen, after the ship's superstructure was set on fire following a reported attack by pirates using rocket-propelled grenades (RPG).[3][6][7] Philippine Sea transited the Suez Canal on 1 July 2011.[3]

The cremated remains of Neil Armstrong were buried at sea from the warship on 14 September 2012, in the Atlantic Ocean.[8]

Neil Armstrong's burial at sea on 14 September 2012

Starting on 23 September 2014 Tomahawk missiles from the USS Philippine Sea in the Persian Gulf were fired at sites in Syria targeting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's command-and-control centers, training camps and weapons depots. The operation was expected to last several hours, with the first explosions from Tomahawk missiles heard near Raqqa in northern Syria. The USS Philippine Sea was part of the USS George H.W. Bush carrier strike group.[9][10]

See also[edit]

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.


  1. ^ "World Navies Today: US Navy Aircraft Carriers & Surface Combatants". Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  2. ^ McMichael, William "Fla. cruiser, Va. frigate flunk INSURV", Navy Times, 20 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d "USS Philippine Sea (CG-58)". U.S. Carriers: United States Ships (USS) history and deployments. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  4. ^ "Second Phase of BALTOPS 2011 Takes Place in Baltic Sea". June 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  5. ^ "Russia: Sea Phase of BALTOPS-2011 Finishes in Baltic Sea". 21 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  6. ^ "USS Philippine Sea Rescues Brilliante Virtuoso Crew off Aden". NNS110706-03. Combined Maritime Forces Public Affairs. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  7. ^ "CMF Ship USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) rescues crew from Brilliante Virtuoso". Release #073-11. Combined Maritime Forces Public Affairs. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  8. ^ "Neil Armstrong Laid to Rest in Atlantic". NASA. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  9. ^ [1] US, Arab Partners Launch Air Attack Against ISIS Targets in Syria. Retrieved on 23 September 2014.
  10. ^ [2] US, Arab allies launch first wave of strikes in Syria. Retrieved on 23 September 2014.

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