USS Bunker Hill operates with HMAS Anzac of the Australian Navy


According to information published by US Navy on March 18, 2021, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) completed a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Anzac (III) (FFH 150) in the Indian Ocean.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 HMAS Anzac (III) (FFH 150), left, transits alongside USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) in the Indian Ocean. (Picture source: US Navy)


This exercise is the first time that USS Bunker Hill operated with the Royal Australian Navy during its deployment to the Indo-Pacific.

The U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy frequently operate together, demonstrating their interoperability and the strength of the relationship between the two countries. This exercise allowed both navies to practice their communication, navigation, and ship handling proficiency.

Bunker Hill, part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to build partnerships that foster maritime security and to conduct a wide range of operations that support humanitarian efforts and freedom of the seas.

Bunker Hill departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific December 23.

USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser of the United States Navy constructed by Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation at Pascagoula, Mississippi and launched on 11 March 1985. The Ticonderoga-class cruisers are equipped with the Aegis Combat System and Bunker Hill is the first of the class to be equipped with the Mark 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) in place of the previous ships' twin-arm Mark 26 missile launchers, which greatly improved the flexibility and firepower of the ships by allowing them to fire BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles for land attack missions. Other missions include ballistic missile defence and capital ship escort for anti-aircraft defense. The ship was commissioned on 20 September 1986 and is homeported at Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, California.

The Ticonderoga class of guided-missile cruisers is a class of warships in the United States Navy, first ordered and authorized in the 1978 fiscal year. The class uses passive phased-array radar and was originally planned as a class of destroyers. The Ticonderoga class, similarly to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, is equipped with the Aegis Combat System, which integrates the ship’s electronic sensors and weapons systems to engage anti-ship missile threats.

The Ticonderoga class propulsion system consists of four LM 2500 gas turbine engines from General Electric, which provide 86,000hp. The engines drive two shafts with controllable-pitch propellers. The propulsion system provides a maximum speed over 30 k. At an economical speed of 20 k, the ship has a range over 6,000 miles.


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