Fifth Aegis Cruiser 'Bunker Hill' Commissioned In Boston Ceremony

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The U.S. Navy's fifth Aegis guided- missile cruiser built by Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Litton was commissioned USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) in Boston, just a short distance from the Revolutionary War battle site for which the ship is named.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) was the principal speaker at the ceremony held in the Charleston Naval Shipyard, during which the Bunker Hill was commissioned into the Pacific Fleet. Other speakers at the ceremony included Vice Adm. William H. Rowden, USN, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command; Vice Adm. Joseph Metcalf III, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare; Vice Adm. George W. Davis Jr., USN, Commander Naval Surface Force, Pacific Fleet; and Jerry St. Pe, president of Ingalls Shipbuilding. The Bunker Hill is the first U.S. surface warship to be equipped with the below-deck, advanced MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS), a multiwarfare missile-launching system capable of striking targets in the air, on and under the ocean surface, and on land. The cruiser is also equipped with the advanced Aegis weapons system, the most capable shipboard air defense radar system in the world.

Four General Electric gas turbine engines, each with an output of 20,000 shp, will drive the ship at speeds in excess of 30 knots. The CG-52 carries a complement of 29 officers and 360 crewmen.

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