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USS Ticonderoga

The ships named USS Ticonderoga commemorate the capture of Fort Ticonderoga on 10 May 1775 by Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys.

The first USS Ticonderoga was a 17-gun schooner of Commodore MacDonough's flotilla in the victorious Battle of Lake Champlain on 11 September 1814. She served from 1814 to 1825.

The second USS Ticonderoga was a steam sloop-of-war which served with distinction during the Civil War. She was in commission from 1863 to 1881.

A former German cargo ship was transformed into the third USS Ticonderoga, which served the Naval Overseas Transportation Service during World War I in 1917 and 1918.

USS Ticonderoga (CV/CVA/CVS-14), fourth to bear the name, was a long-hull Essex-class fleet aircraft carrier. "The Big T" served from 1944 to 1973, earning 17 Battle Stars for service during World War II and the Vietnam War. The carrier also received three awards of the Navy Unit Commendation and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.

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1 General Characteristics
2 General Characteristics
3 Special Characteristics

General Characteristics

USS Ticonderoga (DDG/CG-47), fifth to bear the name, is a guided-missile cruiser, homeported in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The "Tico" is the lead ship of her class.

The contract to build her was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding 22 September 1978. Her keel was laid down 21 January 1980, she was launched 25 April 1981, delivered 13 December 1982, and commissioned 22 January 1983.

General Characteristics

Special Characteristics

This Ticonderoga was the first ship to feature phased-array radar, previously only used with ground-based installations such as COBRA DANE. This allows the ship to track and engage multiple targets (aircraft) much more effectively than any ship previously.