The USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) completed sea trials to test its newly modernized hull, mechanical and electrical (HM&E) systems Dec. 12. The ship is the first of 22 Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers to undergo a total capability upgrade as part of the Cruiser Modernization Program.
Photo credit: U.S. Navy
Bunker Hill is the first and only cruiser to receive the complete combat system and hull, mechanical and electrical modernization during a 52-week availability. Other ships of the class will receive the upgrades during two separate availabilities, one for the installation of HM&E systems and one for combat systems. The ship primarily tested its HM&E systems during trials, however selected combat systems testing was conducted. Testing included a full power run, an anchor drop test, plant mode logic testing and an underway replenishment.
Following trials, the ship will return to Naval Station San Diego to complete her Combat Systems Test Program. Bunker Hill is scheduled to rejoin the Fleet in mid-2009.
In addition to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser modernization, 62 Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers will also undergo modernization. The ships will be fitted with new software, combat systems, HM&E and machinery upgrades to improve all areas of ship functionality.