Ticonderoga Class Cruiser

Ticonderoga Class CruiserThe Ticonderoga class cruiser is a type of guided missile cruiser and also a type of warship serving the Navy of the United States of America. The first time such cruiser was built was in the course of the year 1978. This type of class cruiser uses the radar technology of passive phased array and had originally been intended to serve as as a type of destroyer.

In any case, the high battle abilities provided by the Aegis Combat System and the system of radars AN/SPY-1 was reason enough to draw arguments in favor of the classification change which migrated from guided missile destroyer to guided missile. Both the Ticonderoga and the Yorktown were qualified in a similar fashion in the beginning but, then, at the turn of the decade, there was a decision that came from the US Navy engineering department which changed their classification.

The Ticonderoga class guided missile cruisers are classified under the category of multi role warship, due to the equipment they posses, namely a Mk 41 VLS, which has the ability to launch cruise missils Tomahawk and have them lock on certain tactical, strategic targets upon the operator’s wish. The interesting thing about the Ticonderoga class guided missile cruisers is also that they can fire long range missiles, such as antiaircraft standard missiles. These types of missiles are used as defence devices against the potential threat of an aircraft or even the impact of an anti ship missile.

The Ticonderoga class guided missile cruisers come fully equipped with heliports and sonar radar, which enables them to perform fairly well in missions involving anti submarine maneuvers. Ticonderoga class missile cruisers are also meant to be involved in various deep sea battle squadrons or even amphibious assault groups. They are said to perform very well also in interdiction and escort missions.