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USS Gettysburg (CG 64)

USS GETTYSBURG is the 18th TICONDEROGA class guided missile cruiser and the sixth ship of that class built by Bath Iron Works in Maine.

General Characteristics:Awarded: January 8, 1986
Keel laid: August 17, 1988
Launched: July 22, 1989
Commissioned: June 22, 1991
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines
Propellers: two
Blades on each Propeller: five
Length: 567 feet (173 meters)
Beam: 55 feet (16.8 meters)
Draft: 34 feet (10.2 meters)
Displacement: approx. 9,600 tons full load
Speed: 30+ knots
Cost: about $1 billion
Aircraft: two SH-60 Sea Hawk (LAMPS 3)
Armament: two Mk 41 VLS for Standard missiles, Tomahawk, ASROC; Mk 46 torpedoes, Harpoon missile launchers, two Mk 45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight guns, two Phalanx CIWS, two Mk 38 Mod 2 25mm machine gun systems
Homeport: Mayport, FL
Crew: 33 Officers, 27 Chief Petty Officers and approx. 340 Enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS GETTYSBURG. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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About the Ship’s Coat of Arms:

The Shield:

Dark Blue and gold are the traditional Navy colors. The shield, divided dark blue and gray, refers to the colors of the Union and Confederate Armies and a country split by war. White expresses peace and optimism and red is a reminder of the immeasurable valor and blood shed at the epic battle of Gettysburg. The three pheons represent the number of days of this intense Civil War battle and allude to the Union and Confederate assault lines. The pheons point up portraying GETTYSBURG's vertical launch capabilities. Their number also reflects three major Aegis cruiser missions, anti-air, anti-surface, and anti-submarine warfare. The arch recalls Seminary Ridge, Culp's Hill and Little Round Top, critical positions on the Gettysburg battlefield. The anchor symbolizes sea prowess and the ties with the ship's Maine birthplace, the two stars represent the two previous ship's named "GETTYSBURG".

The Crest:

At the dedication of the National Cemetery on the Gettysburg battle ground, President Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address. The scroll with a drop of blood honors those famous words, especially "... that these dead shall not have died in vain." Our national bird, the bald eagle, appropriately represents President Lincoln and the Union he strove to preserve; and the eagle also emphasizes the Union's victory. Gettysburg was the turning point in the Civil War, which ultimately forged a stronger nation. The inverted wreath honors all who died, Union and Confederate alike. Muskets were in general use during the Civil War and highlight the hand to hand combat as both sides exploded in a tremendous clash of musketry.


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USS GETTYSBURG in the News:

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About the Ship’s Name, about the Battle of Gettysburg:

On July 1-3, 1863, General Robert E. Lee’s Confederates attacked General George Meade’s Union forces, who were entrenched near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The climax of the battle was Pickett’s Charge. Losses at Gettysburg were heavy on both sides, but it was the defeated Lee who was forced to retreat into Virginia.

The Battle of Gettysburg ended in one of the bravest, and most disastrous, attacks in American history. Confederate general George E. Pickett (1825-75) advanced against the Union trenches with 15,000 men. They were mown down by artillery and rifle fire. About 10,000 Confederates were killed or wounded in the attack. Afterwards, it became known as Pickett’s Charge.


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Accidents aboard USS GETTYSBURG:

DateWhereEvents
October 13, 1996northern Arabian GulfWhile maneuvering and acting as plane guard for USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) the USS GETTYSBURG collided with the Iranian Corvette BAYANDOR.


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USS GETTYSBURG Patch Gallery:

HSL-42 Det. 7 - ENTSTKGRU 03-04


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The photos below were taken by me. They were taken in Mayport on July 31, 2000.



The photos below were taken by me and show the GETTYSBURG at Kiel, Germany on June 20-21, 2008, after her participation in BALTOPS 2008.



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