USS Ticonderoga

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The ships named USS Ticonderoga commemorate the capture of Fort Ticonderoga on May 10, 1775 by Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys.

The first USS Ticonderoga was a 17-gun schooner of Commodore MacDonough's flotilla in the victorious Battle of Lake Champlain on September 11, 1814. She served from 1814 to 1825.


The second USS Ticonderoga was a steam sloop-of-war which served with distinction during the Civil War. She was in commission from 1863 to 1881.


A former German cargo ship was transformed into the third USS Ticonderoga, which served the Naval Overseas Transportation Service during World War I in 1917 and 1918.


USS Ticonderoga (CV/CVA/CVS-14), fourth to bear the name, was a long-hull Essex-class fleet aircraft carrier. "The Big T" served from 1944 to 1973, earning 17 Battle Stars for service during World War II and the Vietnam War. The carrier also received three awards of the Navy Unit Commendation and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

General Characteristics

  • Displacement: 34,800 tons
  • Length: 270 meters (885 feet)
  • Beam: 45 meters (147.5 feet)
  • Draft: 8.7 meters (28.5 feet)
  • Speed: 33 knots
  • Armament: 12 5"/38, 18x4 40mm, 60 20mm, 103 planes
  • Complement: 3,448
  • Geared turbine engines, 4 screws, 150,000 shaft hp
  • Built at Newport News and commissioned May 8, 1944
  • Stricken from the Navy List November 16, 1973
  • Sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping September 1, 1975

USS Ticonderoga (DDG/CG-47), fifth to bear the name, is a guided-missile cruiser, homeported in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The "Tico" is the lead ship of her class.

The contract to build her was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding September 22, 1978. Her keel was laid down January 21, 1980, she was launched April 25, 1981, delivered December 13, 1982, and commissioned January 22, 1983.

General Characteristics

  • Overall Length: 173 meters (567 feet)
  • Waterline Length: 161 meters (529 feet)
  • Extreme Beam: 17 meters (55 feet)
  • Waterline Beam: 17 meters (55 feet)
  • Maximum Navigational Draft: 10 meters (33 feet)
  • Draft Limit: 7 meters (23 feet)
  • Light Displacement: 7646 tons
  • Full Displacement: 10142 tons
  • Dead Weight: 2496 tons
  • Hull Material: Steel hull, aluminum superstructure.
  • Number of Propellers: 2
  • Propulsion Type: Gas Turbines
  • Accommodations: Officers: 33 Enlisted: 341


Special Characteristics

This Ticonderoga was the first ship to feature phased-array radar, previously only used with ground-based installations such as COBRA DANE. This allows the ship to track and engage multiple targets (aircraft) much more effectively than any ship previously.