USS San Jacinto (CG-56)
USS San Jacinto (CG-56)
|Name:||USS San Jacinto|
|Namesake:||Battle of San Jacinto|
|Ordered:||20 June 1983|
|Laid down:||24 July 1985|
|Launched:||14 November 1986|
|Commissioned:||23 January 1988|
|Motto:||Victory is Certain|
|Status:||in active service|
|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)|
|Speed:||32.5 knots (60 km/h; 37.4 mph)|
|Complement:||33 officers, 27 Chief Petty Officers, and approx. 340 enlisted|
|Aircraft carried:||2 × Sikorsky SH-60B or MH-60R Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.|
The "San Jac" was built at Pascagoula, Mississippi and commissioned 23 January 1988 by then vice-president George H. W. Bush in Houston, Texas. She completed her fitting out and work-ups, then deployed to the Mediterranean Sea in late May 1989, returning in November. While San Jacinto and her sister ship Leyte Gulf were underway off the Virginia coast performing testing of CEC, the Iraqi army invaded and occupied Kuwait. The next day, Leyte Gulf detached and headed back to Mayport, Florida. The day after, San Jacinto returned to her homeport of Norfolk, Virginia, to prepare for the massive sortie to the Middle East.
After CINCLANT had all their ships provisioned, barely five days later, San Jacinto headed for the Mediterranean. Other ships in the battle group included the cruiser Philippine Sea and the aircraft carriers America and John F. Kennedy.
She fired the opening shots of Operation Desert Storm with the launch of two BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles, firing a total of 16 missiles during the 43-day war. She was also the first ship of her class to be deployed with a full load of 122 missiles. While stationed in a search area at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in the Red Sea, her Visit/Boarding/Search/Seizure teams inspected several dozen ships for contraband being smuggled for the Iraqi government. The crew came to call that duty station 'San-Jacircles' or 'San-Jac in the Box'.
On 26 May 2010 San Jacinto's VBSS (Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure) team rescued 5 Yemenis hostages from 13 suspected pirates. The master stated his dhow had been under pirate control for one day only. The VBSS team detained the pirates on the dhow without conflict.
On 13 October 2012, San Jacinto was involved in a collision with the US nuclear submarine Montpelier off the coast of northeastern Florida. The cruiser suffered damage to its sonar dome. San Jacinto would have been unable to join Carrier Strike Group Ten and the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman to the Persian Gulf, had they deployed on schedule, due to the emergency dry docking. The cruiser has undergone approximately $11 million in repairs since the accident.
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LAMPS MK III Major Ship Deployments, 2001[dead link]
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- Reilly, Corinne (17 June 2014). "'Sub, dead ahead!' New Navy report dissects collision at sea". The Virginian-Pilot. Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
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