The U.S. Navy’s Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) is scheduled to depart San Diego for a regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific, Jan. 4.
The cruiser will deploy as part of the Carl Vinson Strike Group. It completed a six-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific region last year.
Lake Champlain is led by Capt. Jen Ellinger who assumed command in September this year.
USS Lake Champlain (CG-57)
USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser in the United States Navy. It is the third ship to be named Lake Champlain, in honor of Battle of Lake Champlain, which took place during the War of 1812.
Lake Champlain was laid down 3 March 1986 at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, launched 3 April 1987 and commissioned 12 August 1988 at Intrepid Pier at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City, Captain Ralph K. Martin commanding.
Lake Champlain is currently assigned to Carrier Strike Group One, (CSG-1 or CARSTRKGRU 1).
Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers are multi-role warships. Their Mk 41 VLS can launch Tomahawk cruise missiles to strike strategic or tactical targets, or fire long-range antiaircraft Standard Missiles for defense against aircraft or anti-ship missiles.
Their LAMPS III helicopters and sonar systems allow them to perform anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions.
Ticonderoga-class ships are designed to be elements of carrier battle groups or amphibious ready groups, as well as performing missions such as interdiction or escort.
With upgrades to their to AN/SPY-1 phased radar systems and their associated missile payloads as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System (Aegis BMD), members of this class have also begun to demonstrate some promise as mobile anti-ballistic missile (ABM) and anti-satellite weaponry (ASAT) platforms.
The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser is operated by more than 350 Sailors.