Guided-missile cruiser USS Hué City (CG-66) was inducted into the Cruiser Modernization program on Oct. 3, 2019. US Navy Photo
This post has been updated to clarify the timeline for the Flight III DDGs’ entry to the fleet.
A plan to keep the Navy’s guided-missile cruiser fleet operating through the end of the 2030s is struggling as the ships show there’s a very real cost in time and money to keep old platforms around for the sake of having a larger fleet. Read More
The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) transits the Strait of Gibraltar on March 31, 2015, as part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group. US Navy photo.
The Navy revived its cruiser phased modernization plan in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, asking Congress to let the sea service put the remaining seven un-modernized ships into maintenance now instead of following Congress’s two-a-year directive.
USS Cowpens (CG 63) returns to San Diego following a deployment to the western Pacific in 2014. US Navy Photo
The first in a planned series of contentious modernizations to the Navy’s guide missile cruiser fleet formally began in a Friday ceremony in San Diego, Calif. Read More