The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has successfully completed combat systems upgrades onboard the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), as part of the navy's cruiser modernisation programme.
The ship has been successfully upgraded with Air Defense Cruiser Aegis Baseline 9 combat systems enhancement, which includes an overall Aegis weapon system upgrade and improved cooperative engagement capability at BAE Systems San Diego ship repair facility.
Upgrades to the ship also involved integration of an AN/SPQ-9B for anti-missile defence, AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 and gun weapon system updates, which includes installation of two 5in/62 calibre gun mounts, the electro-optical sighting system and the MK 160 fire control system.
The cruiser modernisation programme started in April 2012 and has been designed to upgrade the overall combat systems capability of in-service ships while meeting service life requirements and future operational commitments.
NAVSEA Surface Warfare Directorate Cruiser Modernization programme manager captain Ted Zobel said that the newly enhanced air defence capabilities will enable USS Chancellorsville to operate as one of the most powerful warships in the fleet.
"The team supporting this combat systems modernisation is returning a more capable ship to the fleet, enhancing the navy's ability to meet mission requirements," Zobel added.
All the combat systems of the USS Chancellorsville have been tested and the ship has undergone successful sea trials, marking the completion of the programme.
Scheduled to rejoin the fleet in June 2014, the ship will undergo combat system ship qualification trials, which includes both live and simulated firing events, as well as Baseline 9 developmental and integrated test missions starting this month.
Image: USS Chancellorsville departing San Diego harbour for a training exercise. Photo: courtesy of US Navy mass communication specialist 3rd class Michael Feddersen/Released.