USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55)


USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55)

USS "Leyte Gulf" (CG-55) is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser in the United States Navy. She was named in memory of the World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Pacific. She is powered by four large gas-turbine engines, and she has a large complement of guided missiles for air defense, attack of surface targets at sea and ashore, and anti-submarine warfare (ASW). In addition, she carries two "Seahawk" LAMPS multi-purpose helicopters, whose primary mission is ASW.

On October 14, 1996, "Leyte Gulf" collided with the Sclass|Nimitz|aircraft carrier, USS|Theodore Roosevelt|CVN-71|6 while conducting operations off the coast of North Carolina. The incident occurred as the carrier, without prior warning, reversed its engines while the "Leyte Gulf" was behind it and slammed into the cruiser's bow. There were no personnel casualties or injuries reported.cite web|url=http://www.dcfp.navy.mil/mc/museum/LEYTEGULF/LEYTEGULF.htm|title=USS "Leyte Gulf" at DCHM|accessdate=2007-09-16 |publisher=Naval Sea Systems Command DC Museum]

In 2002, she won the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for the Atlantic Fleet.

On September 15, 2007, there was a fire aboard "Leyte Gulf" as she underwent an extensive modernization program in BAE Systems Shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia. Initially the fire received national attention due to the possibility that it was a terrorist incident, however, it was quickly revealed to be an industrial accident. Five shipyard workers were injured in the incident, one seriously, but no naval personnel were involved.cite web|url=http://www.wavy.com/global/story.asp?s=7079180|title=Fire on Navy cruiser in shipyard sends five to hospital|accessdate=2007-09-16 |publisher=WAVY10 News, Hampton Roads]

External links

* [http://www.navysite.de/cg/cg55.html USS "Leyte Gulf" webpage]
* [http://www.leytegulf.navy.mil/default.aspx Official homepage]
* [http://www.hullnumber.com/CG-55 CG-55 Personnel Roster at HullNumber.com]
* [http://www.ussleytegulf-cg55.com Ship's Reunion Info, "Deck Log", and Crew List]

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