The U.S. Navy Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) is scheduled to return to its homeport of San Diego, May 7.
Bunker Hill departed San Diego, Oct. 7, 2017, with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) for a regularly scheduled seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations.
Shortly after beginning the deployment, TRCSG met with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) carrier strike groups for Three-Carrier Strike Force operations in the Sea of Japan.
While in 5th Fleet, Bunker Hill conducted routine maritime patrols and power projection with TRCSG in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel.
TRCSG is comprised of Carrier Strike Group 9 staff, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23 staff, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, and the DESRON 23 ships: the guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97), USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS Sampson (DDG 102), as well as Bunker Hill.
USS Bunker Hill (CG-52)
USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser of the United States Navy.
The vessel was laid down by Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation at Pascagoula, Mississippi on 11 January 1984, launched on 11 March 1985 and commissioned on 20 September 1986.
Bunker Hill is homeported at Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, California.
Bunker Hill was the first Ticonderoga-class cruiser to be equipped with the Mark 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) in place of the previous ships’ twin-arm Mark 26 missile launchers, which greatly improved the flexibility and firepower of the ships by allowing them to fire RGM-109 Tomahawk missiles.