USS Valley Forge (CG-50)
USS Valley Forge (CG-50) underway near San Diego, California.
|Ordered:||28 August 1981|
|Builder:||Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi|
|Laid down:||14 April 1983|
|Launched:||23 June 1984|
|Christened:||29 September 1984|
|Commissioned:||18 January 1986|
|Decommissioned:||30 August 2004|
|Struck:||30 August 2004|
|Motto:||"First In War - First In Peace"|
|Fate:||Sunk as target, 2 November 2006|
|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|
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|Aircraft carried:||2 × Sikorsky SH-60B or MH-60R Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.|
Construction and commissioning
The ship was decommissioned on 31 August 2004, at San Diego Naval Station, the first ship with the Aegis combat system withdrawn from service. Valley Forge was sunk on 2 November 2006, as part of a target practice on a test range near Kauai, Hawaii.
- Toppan, Andrew (10 March 2003). "World Navies Today: US Navy Aircraft Carriers & Surface Combatants". Hazegray.org. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
- Cavas, Christopher P. (17 November 2006). "Aegis ship sunk on target range". Navy Times. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
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