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USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) is a Flight II Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser on active service in the United States Navy. She is named for the Battle of the Philippine Sea during World War II and is the second ship to bear the name. She has completed multiple deployments as part of Operation Enduring Freedom since 2001.

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USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) and USS Bulkeley (DDG-84) en route to deployment with the 6th Fleet
United States
Name: Philippine Sea
Namesake: Battle of the Philippine Sea
Ordered: 27 December 1983
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Laid down: 8 April 1986
Launched: 12 July 1987
Commissioned: 18 March 1989
Homeport: Mayport, Florida
Motto: "Eternal Vigilance"
Status: in active service
Badge: USS Philippine Sea COA.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Ticonderoga-class cruiser
Displacement: Approx. 9,600 long tons (9,800 t) full load
Length: 567 feet (173 m)
Beam: 55 feet (16.8 meters)
Draft: 34 feet (10.2 meters)
Speed: 32.5 knots (60 km/h; 37.4 mph)
Complement: 30 officers and 300 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
Aircraft carried: 2 × Sikorsky SH-60B or MH-60R Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.


Operational historyEdit

In 2003, the ship was assigned to Cruiser-Destroyer Group 12.[1]

In 2010, the ship failed her initial Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) inspection.[2] On 7 May 2011, Philippine Sea departed Mayport for a scheduled overseas deployment to the U.S. Fifth Fleet and U.S. Sixth Fleet Area of Responsibility.[3] On 3 June 2011, Philippine Sea paid a port visit to Kiel, Germany, prior to participating with the multi-national exercise Baltic Operations 2011 (BALTOPS-2011). This exercise included naval units from the United States, Russian, Danish, Polish and French navies, and BALTOPS-2011 ended on 21 June 2011.[3][4][5] On 6 July 2011, Philippine Sea rescued 26 Filipino crew members from the Marshall Islands-owned, Liberian-flagged supertanker Brilliante Virtuoso southwest of Aden, Yemen, after the ship's superstructure was set on fire following a reported attack by pirates using rocket-propelled grenades (RPG).[3][6][7] Philippine Sea transited the Suez Canal on 1 July 2011.[3]

The cremated remains of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, were buried at sea from the warship on 14 September 2012, in the Atlantic Ocean.[8]

Neil Armstrong's burial at sea on 14 September 2012

Starting on 23 September 2014 Tomahawk missiles from the USS Philippine Sea in the Persian Gulf were fired at sites in Syria targeting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's command-and-control centers, training camps and weapons depots. The operation was expected to last several hours, with the first explosions from Tomahawk missiles heard near Raqqa in northern Syria. The USS Philippine Sea was part of the USS George H.W. Bush carrier strike group.[9][10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Toppan, Andrew (10 March 2003). "US Navy Aircraft Carriers & Surface Combatants". World Navies Today. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  2. ^ McMichael, William (20 December 2010). "Fla. cruiser, Va. frigate flunk INSURV". Navy Times.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d "USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) history". U.S. Carriers: United States Ships (USS) history and deployments. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Second Phase of BALTOPS 2011 Takes Place in Baltic Sea". June 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Russia: Sea Phase of BALTOPS-2011 Finishes in Baltic Sea". 21 June 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  6. ^ "USS Philippine Sea Rescues Brilliante Virtuoso Crew off Aden". Combined Maritime Forces Public Affairs. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  7. ^ "CMF Ship USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) rescues crew from Brilliante Virtuoso". Combined Maritime Forces Public Affairs. 6 July 2011. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Neil Armstrong Laid to Rest in Atlantic". NASA. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  9. ^ Goodenough, Patrick (22 September 2014). "US, Arab Partners Launch Air Attack Against ISIS Targets in Syria". Archived from the original on 23 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  10. ^ "US, Arab allies launch first wave of strikes in Syria". Fox News. 23 September 2014. Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.

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