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uss ticonderoga cg-47 (guided missile cruiser)

background and history
USS TICONDEROGA was the lead ship, and fifth ship in the Navy to bear the name.

The Aegis cruisers were based on the Spruance design ship. It was enlarged to accommodate the Aegis system with the AN/SPY-1A phased Array radar antennas. Each Array is controlled by a digital computer to detect and track up to several hundred targets simultaneously.

Launched in April 25, 1981 and Commissioned in January 22, 1983 the USS Ticonderoga performed primarily in a battle force role, multi-mission capable of supporting carrier strike groups or amphibious forces, or of operating independently and as flagships of surface action groups. She was decommissioned on September 30, 2004. Manned by a Crew of 33 Officers, 27 Chief Petty Officers and 340 Enlisted personal.

The ships armament includes the MK-26 missile launcher (CG 47 thru CG 51);

Standard Missile (MR) or MK-41 vertical launching system (CG 52 thru CG 73);

Standard Missile (MR);

Vertical Launch ASROC (VLA) Missile;

Tomahawk Cruise Missile; Six MK-46 torpedoes (from two triple mounts);

Two MK-45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight guns;

Two Phalanx close-in weapons systems.

The USS Ticonderoga also has two SH-60B Sea Hawks LAMPS III ( Light Airborne Multipurpose System). The SH-60B Sea Hawk, a twin-engine medium lift utility or assault helicopter is airborne platform based aboard cruisers, destroyers, and frigates and deploys sonobouys (sonic detectors) and torpedoes in an anti-submarine role.

Displacement: 9600 tons fully loaded

Dimension: length 565 ft. Beam 55 ft.

Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM 2500 gas turbines.

Speed: +30 knots.

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About the Author

About Joe Szczygielski (mother)


Very good article. At least as good as any I've seen in FSM. Congratulations on a job, as they say in the navy "well done."
OCT 31, 2005 - 05:27 AM
Fantastic Joe. Is there anything that you can't build? Very impressive to say the least.
OCT 31, 2005 - 06:25 AM
Hi all I have to post here what Joe already know (and I quote from an email send to him): I just have started to take a look at your pictures. I must say that I was surprised with two things: - how fast you work! (I am a very slooooooow modeler) - The end result was a top quality (even if you were a warship modeler) Congratulations Joe - you could be very proud of your USS Tico Joe, although not a warship modeler, did a great job with the scratch raillings and radars! And I must say that warship models can be tricky and complex, but then... even a figurine can have more than a hundred parts With calm and patience, following the instructions or your own plan of attack, they are as easy as any other model! Thank You, Joe. You're welcome (again) anytime Skipper
OCT 31, 2005 - 06:47 AM
Mark, Rodger and Dave thanks for the kind words. A special thanks to Rui (Skipper) our Managing Editor in the Warship department for taking the time in editing and posting this feature. When an article/feature is posted we get the pats on the backs. But without the dedication of our hard working staff who takes the time out proof reading and setting all the photos together, Armorama wouldn’t be where it is today. Here's to your Staff
OCT 31, 2005 - 07:18 AM
As one who watched your progress with this kit I must say that you made it look easy. A true modeler can build all forms of models even though they prefer one type. You are my friend are a true modeler, as everything you do is always top notch
OCT 31, 2005 - 07:55 AM
It's amazing the difference that adding some rails can do to a model. I might even get tempted to try a "floaty boaty" type thing sometime... Nah, maybe not. :-) There were some excellent tips in that write up. This is a great build. I'm very impressed!
OCT 31, 2005 - 08:49 AM
HOLY SHIP!!! The Ticonderoga is a fantastic looking lady. I've been with her at sea. Not on her, just next to her, kinda like a first date at the drive inn. You know, no matter how dark it is, they still know who was reaching out to touch them and you'd end up getting slapped. That kinda thing. (That makes sense in a Naval kinda way) I was on an much older destroyer so that just made the Ticonderoga look all the more glamerous. Don't get me wrong. The destroyer that I was on had character, we had three 5" 54's and torpedos. But, when cruising along side the Ticonderoga, we could only imagine, a/c vented into each of the birthing rack, hot water when you wanted it, modern facilities and missles! Ma'an what a lady. You've done a mighty fine job Mother. I'm going to look you up when it comes time for me to build the two ships on my shelf that have been sitting there forever. I know I'm going to need some tech help.
OCT 31, 2005 - 10:08 AM
Hey Joe, great looking ship. I don't know it I would have the patience to build the railing. If I did, mine would look very wavy. Nice job. Need some "stencils" for your next one? guess who. Kenny
OCT 31, 2005 - 12:53 PM
Joe the red E belongs there..... As an old snipe, it's aways good to see a ship with a top rated engineering department...... :-) But you're still a pollywog......
OCT 31, 2005 - 01:11 PM
Joe, Like I said, she sweet. Man you're versatile! Steve
OCT 31, 2005 - 04:08 PM