The US Navy decommissioned an old Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser called the USS Lake Champlain in a ceremony on Friday, honouring the vessel for its over 35 years of commendable service.
It is the second cruiser the navy decommissioned in less than a month at the San Diego naval base, after the USS Mobile Bay on 10th August.
This step comes as the US Navy rapidly builds advanced versions of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, which are as big as the old cruisers.
In the decommissioning ceremony on Friday, Vice Admiral Thomas H. Copeman III, former executive of the ship, paid his tribute to the cruiser, its crew and all who supported and worked with it.
He described the vessel as a machine of wondrous complexity and immense capabilities, a true modern marvel for decisive sea combat operations.
Behind me is a machine of wonderous complexity and capability. It is truly a marvel of modern technology.
The fact that the ship is still operational is a tribute to the Navy and all the people supporting it, he added.
He also appreciated the sailors of the US Navy who gave up the comforts and pleasures of their youth to keep the Navy in shape.
USS Lake Chaplain has a crew comprising 40 officers, 31 chiefs and 30 enlisted sailors. It was constructed in Pascagoula, Mississippi, by Ingalls Shipyard Company and commissioned on Aug. 12, 1988, in Manhattan, New York City, New York.
It participated in crucial operations across the globe like the Operations Enduring Freedom, Global War on Terrorism, etc. and several counter-piracy operations.
The ship was awarded 11 Battle E Awards, 3 Navy Unit Commendations and 2 Meritorious Unit Commendations.
It was the 3rd warship of the Navy named to commemorate the victories against the British during the War of 1812 in the Lake Chaplain waters between New York and Vermont.
USS Jack H. Lucas is the next Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, which will arrive in San Diego. It will be commissioned on 7th October. It is a Flight III version with advanced radar technology and more than 100 missiles.
References: times of san diego, dvidshub
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