USS Shiloh (CG-67)

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USS Shiloh (CG-67)
History
Name: Shiloh
Namesake: Battle of Shiloh
Ordered: 16 April 1987
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Laid down: 1 August 1989
Launched: 8 September 1990
Acquired: 24 April 1992
Commissioned: 18 July 1992
Homeport: Yokosuka, Japan
Identification:
Motto: Making Excellence a Tradition
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Shiloh CG-67 Crest.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)
Propulsion:
Speed: 32.5 knots (60 km/h; 37.4 mph)
Complement: 30 officers and 300 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 2 × Sikorsky SH-60B or MH-60R Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.

USS Shiloh (CG-67) is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser of the United States Navy, named in remembrance of the Battle of Shiloh in the American Civil War. She was built at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.

With her guided missiles and rapid-fire cannons, she is capable of facing and defeating threats in the air, on the sea, or the ashore, and underneath the sea. She also carries two Seahawk LAMPS multi-purpose helicopters, mainly for anti-submarine warfare, (ASW).

History[edit]

1990s[edit]

On 3 September 1996, while in the Carl Vinson carrier battle group, Shiloh launched six Tomahawk cruise missiles in Operation Desert Strike against Iraq.

USS Shiloh launching a cruise missile in the Persian Gulf, 3 September 1996

2000s[edit]

She deployed with the Battle Group again in July 2002, and was among the first cruisers to launch missiles in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In March 2003 Shiloh was assigned to Cruiser-Destroyer Group Three.[1] The Shiloh returned to her homeport San Diego, California on 25 April 2003, ending an unusually long nine-month deployment.

In January 2005, she participated in Operation Unified Assistance, rendering aid to those who suffered from the 26 December 2004 tsunami off the coast of Aceh, Indonesia. The Shiloh was one of the first American ships to arrive on scene.

On 22 June 2006, a Standard Missile Three (or SM-3) launched from Shiloh intercepted a multi-stage ballistic missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Hawaii.[2]

In August 2006, she arrived on station at Yokosuka Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan, replacing the USS Chancellorsville, as part of a joint U.S.-Japanese ballistic missile defense program.[3]

On 8 July 2009, Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Geathers fell from the ship's fantail into Tokyo Bay while rigging shore power cables. A two-and-a-half-day search failed to locate Geathers and he was declared missing and later was declared dead.[4] A Navy investigation, led by Rear Admiral Kevin Donegan, commander of Task Force 70, found that the accident was preventable, in part because Shiloh personnel had observed Geathers working without proper safety equipment, but had failed to intervene. Nevertheless, the report did not recommend disciplinary action against any of the ship's crewmembers.[5]

2010s[edit]

In June 2017, a gas turbine systems technician named Peter Mims thought to have been lost at sea was found after seven days hiding in the engine room.[6][7] Following the Mims incident, several sailors contacted the Navy Times about severe morale problems on the ship to which they attributed the Mims incident. The Navy Times requested "command climate surveys" through a Freedom of Information Act request.

These surveys, completed voluntarily by sailors on the ship, reported extensive morale problems universally blamed on the CO, Captain Adam M. Aycock. Among the complaints were widespread depression and suicidality, a dysfunctional ship that sailors felt was ill-prepared for combat, an overworked and deeply stressed crew, and a constant worry of extreme punishment for minor infractions. Sailors were dismayed that despite a significant number of the ship's crew filing severely critical complaints of Aycock's leadership in the command climate surveys, the only action taken by the Navy was to counsel him. Capt. Aycock was relieved of command after completing his full 26-month tour.[8] [9]

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Navies Today: US Navy Aircraft Carriers & Surface Combatants". Retrieved May 2012
  2. ^ "A Standard Missile Three (SM-3) is launched from the guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67)". U.S. Navy. 22 June 2006. Retrieved 2010-04-03.
  3. ^ https://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060829/wl_nm/arms_japan_usa_dc_2 Archived 1 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Slavin, Eric, "Navy calls off search for USS Shiloh sailor", Stars and Stripes, 13 July 2009.
  5. ^ Slavin, Erik, "Report: Sailor’s overboard death was preventable", Stars and Stripes, 6 January 2010.
  6. ^ Cohen, Zachary US Navy loses sailor on ship for 7 days June 17, 2017 CNN Retrieved June 17, 2017
  7. ^ Ziezulewicz, Geoff (December 30, 2017). "How Peter Mims spent a week hiding in a warship's engine room (EXCLUSIVE)". Navy Times. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  8. ^ Geoff Ziezulewicz,'I now hate my ship’: Surveys reveal disastrous morale on cruiser Shiloh", "Navy Times", October 11, 2017.
  9. ^ Geoff Ziezulewicz,'USS Bread and Water': Old and rare punishment loomed over a demoralized crew, "Navy Times", October 11, 2017.

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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