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USS Lake Champlain (CG-57)
US Navy 031109-N-9769P-076 Guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) steams in the Southern California operating area
USS Lake Champlain (CG-57)
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Name: USS Lake Champlain
Namesake: Battle of Lake Champlain
Awarded: 16 December 1983
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 3 March 1986
Launched: 3 April 1987
Acquired: 1 June 1988
Commissioned: 12 August 1988
Homeport: Naval Base San Diego
Motto: Ingenuity Daring Discipline[1]
Status: in active service, as of 2020
Badge: USS Lake Champlan CG-57 Crest
General characteristics
Class & 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)
  • 4 × General Electric LM2500 gas turbine engines, 80,000 shaft horsepower (60,000 kW)
  • 2 × controllable-reversible pitch propellers
  • 2 × rudders
Speed: 32.5 knots (60 km/h; 37.4 mph)
Complement: 33 officers, 27 Chief Petty Officers, and approx. 340 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • 2 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems containing
  • 8 × RGM-84 Harpoon missiles
  • 2 × Mk 45 Mod 2 5-in/54-cal lightweight gun
  • 2 × 25 mm Mk 38 gun
  • 2–4 × .50 cal (12.7 mm) gun
  • 2 × Phalanx CIWS Block 1B
  • 2 × Mk 32 12.75-in (324 mm) triple torpedo tubes for lightweight torpedoes
  • Aircraft carried: 2 × Sikorsky SH-60B or MH-60R Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.

    USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) is a Ticonderoga-class cruiser in the United States Navy. It is the third ship to be named Lake Champlain, in honor of Battle of Lake Champlain, which took place during the War of 1812.

    Ship historyEdit

    Lake Champlain was laid down 3 March 1986 at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi, launched 3 April 1987 and commissioned 12 August 1988 at Intrepid Pier at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City, Captain Ralph K. Martin commanding. She then steamed to her homeport of San Diego, via Cape Horn, South America, losing part of her Hurricane Bow in heavy seas. She has been to the Persian Gulf many times, first as a part of Operation Desert Shield, then later following Desert Storm. She aided in the evacuation of the Philippines during the Mount Pinatubo eruption while transiting to the Persian Gulf.

    The Lake Champlain is currently assigned to Carrier Group One.

    November 2007 ExplosionEdit

    On 10 November 2007 an explosion occurred on the ship during routine maintenance in a San Diego dry dock. Six workers were injured, two critically. The explosion was apparently caused when flammable gases, inside the pump room where the workers were working, ignited.[2] On 23 November 2007 the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it would be conducting an investigation into the explosion.[3]

    See alsoEdit


    1. Official ships history, "Ingenuity, Daring, Discipline - The Motto of LAKE CHAMPLAIN."
    2. Los Angeles Times, "Navy Vessel Explosion Injures Six People", 11 November 2007.
    3. Liewer, Steve, "OSHA Investigating Explosion Aboard Navy Ship", San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 November 2007, [1].

    This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

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