US Navy’s guided missile cruiser Hué City to undergo modernisation

7 October 2019 (Last Updated October 7th, 2019 14:56)

The US Navy’s Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Hué City (CG 66) has arrived at Norfolk Naval Base to undergo major overhaul and modernisation work.

US Navy’s guided missile cruiser Hué City to undergo modernisation
After a quarter-century of worldwide operations, the guided missile cruiser USS Hué City (CG 66) was inducted into the Cruiser Modernization program. Credit: Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Ethan Reber/RELEASED.

The US Navy’s Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Hué City (CG 66) has arrived at Norfolk Naval Base to undergo major overhaul and modernisation work.

USS Hué City has joined the Cruiser Modernization programme after conducting operations across the world for 25 years.

Under the programme, the ship will undergo extensive modernisation work during its availability at the base.

The upgrades will help extend the ship’s service life and air defence commander capabilities.

The cruiser will be under the administrative control of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Commander.

NAVSEA surface ship modernisation programme manager captain Kevin Byrne said: “The induction of Hué City is a major milestone for the CG Mod programme, said, for surface ship modernisation.

“Her upcoming overhaul will not only extend the life of this critical capability, but will help the navy on its mission to grow the fleet and expand our warfighting advantage.”

The CG Modernization programme involves the integration of the latest technologies in combat systems and engineering in the ships.

During the period, upgrades will be provided to Hué City’s structural, mechanical, and combat systems.

The modernisation will enable the ship to return to the fleet at peak technical readiness and remain operational through the 2030s.

As part of the programme, the ship will undergo two smaller maintenance availabilities that involve the replacement of equipment and structural repairs.

The two availabilities will be followed by a longer dry-docking availability for the installation of upgraded systems.

Hué City commanding officer lieutenant commander Ethan Reber said: “This was a tremendous effort between ship’s force, maintenance team, and other stakeholders.

“From the beginning, lessons learned from ships inducted earlier in the process, Gettysburg (CG 64), Vicksburg (CG 69), and Anzio (CG 68), were incorporated effectively into our planning.”

The ship is the seventh cruiser to be inducted into the programme.