December 6, 2023
The crew of the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill stand at consideration throughout the ship’s decommissioning ceremony on Friday. Navy picture

The Navy decommissioned the USS Bunker Hill on Friday, the third growing old guided-missile cruiser to depart naval service in San Diego this summer season.

The Ticonderoga-class cruiser ended 37 years of service throughout a ceremony at Naval Base San Diego that included the warship’s second commanding officer, retired Vice Adm. Rodney Rempt.

Rempt wished the final crew truthful winds and following seas as they bid farewell to their ship.

The Ticonderoga cruisers are being outdated by the newest model of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, that are virtually the identical measurement and have extra superior radar and different programs.

The Bunker Hill’s ultimate commanding officer, Capt. Jason Rogers, mirrored on the service of his crew and people who got here earlier than throughout the ceremony.

“With nice pleasure, I acknowledge the dedication and valor of the sailors who served aboard this ship for the previous 37 years,” stated Rogers. “The USS Bunker Hill’s legacy is a testomony to our dedication to nationwide safety. As we decrease the flag one ultimate time, we honor the previous whereas embracing the Navy’s future.”

Named for an early battle within the Revolutionary Warfare, the ship was commissioned Sept. 20, 1986, close to the place the battle happened in Boston.

Final month the Navy decommissioned the USS Cellular Bay and USS Lake Champlain in separate ceremonies in San Diego.