Guided-missile cruiser USS Valley Forge (CG-50)

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Classification

Type:
type: Guided missile cruiser

Basic information

Namesake:
Valley Forge functioned as the third of eight military encampments for the Continental Army's main body, commanded by General George Washington
Country of build:
Builder:
builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Operator:
Ordered:
Laid down:
Launched:
Commissioned:
Decommissioned:
Status:

Ship measurements

Displacement:
9800 t
Length:
173 m
Beam:
16.8 m
Draught:
10.2 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 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

Crew

Complement:
400

Combat assets

Electronics:
  • AN/SPY-1A/B multi-function radar
  • AN/SPS-49 air search radar
  • AN/SPG-62 fire control radar
  • AN/SPS-73 surface search radar
  • AN/SPQ-9 gun fire control radar
  • AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare Suite
  • AN/SQQ-89(V)1/3 — A(V)15 Sonar suite, consisting of:AN/SQS-53B/C/D active sonar; AN/SQR-19 TACTAS, AN/SQR-19B ITASS, & MFTA passive sonar; AN/SQQ-28 light airborne multi-purpose system
Armament:
  • 2 * Mk 26 missile launchers
  • 68 * RIM-66 SM-2 and 20 * RUR-5 ASROC
  • 8 * RGM-84 Harpoon missiles
  • 2 * Mark 45 5 in / 54 cal lightweight gun
  • 2–4 * .50 cal (12.7 mm) gun
  • 2 * Phalanx CIWS
  • 2 * Mk 32 12.75 in (324 mm) triple torpedo tubes
Aircraft:
  • 2 * Sikorsky SH-60B or MH-60R Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters
  • Hangar bay
  • Flight deck

USS Valley Forge (CG-50) was a Ticonderoga-class cruiser in the United States Navy. She was named for Valley Forge, where the Continental Army camped during one winter in the American Revolution.

During the 1986 RIMPAC naval exercise, she acted as the plane guard for the aircraft carrier USS Ranger.

In March 2003, Valley Forge was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 21.

The ship was decommissioned on 31 August 2004, at San Diego Naval Station, the first ship with the Aegis combat system withdrawn from service.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.

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