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US Navy Ticonderoga-class Guided Missile Cruiser USS Antietam Homeport Shifts to Hawaii

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US Navy Ticonderoga-class Guided Missile Cruiser USS Antietam Homeport Shifts to Hawaii

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US Navy Ticonderoga-class Guided Missile Cruiser USS Antietam Homeport Shifts to Hawaii
US Navy Ticonderoga-class Guided Missile Cruiser USS Antietam Homeport Shifts to Hawaii

The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) arrived to its new homeport of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 5, as part of a planned rotation of forces in the Pacific. Antietam is now assigned to Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific and U.S. 3rd Fleet. Antietam departed Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 26 to transit to Hawaii and assist in enforcing international fisheries law during their Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) mission. OMSI is a Secretary of Defense program leveraging Department of Defense assets transiting the region to increase the Coast Guard’s maritime domain awareness, ultimately supporting its maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania. During Antietam’s transit to Hawaii, the ship made port calls in major naval ports including Suva, Fiji and Apra Harbor, Guam.

“I’m proud of the Antietam crew for their execution of the Oceanic Maritime Security Initiative during our homeport shift from Yokosuka, Japan to Hawaii,” said Capt. Victor Garza, commanding officer of Antietam. “I thank the families for the support they give their Sailors. It is their strength that enables us to go to sea.”

U.S. Navy Sailors aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided missile-cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) arrive to their new homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 5, 2024.
U.S. Navy Sailors aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided missile-cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) arrive to their new homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 5, 2024. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Gavin Arnoldhendershot)

The mission of Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific is to manage the overall warfighting capability of the Surface Combatant Force homeported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; to coordinate through the Fleet Response Plan cycle the manning, operations, combat systems, engineering, maintenance, training, logistics, administration, and support of assigned units to achieve the highest levels of combat readiness. An integral part of U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. 3rd Fleet operates naval forces in the Indo-Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary to execute U.S. Navy’s role across the full spectrum of military operations – from combat operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

USS Antietam (CG-54) is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser of the United States Navy. Antietam was named for the site of the 1862 Battle of Antietam, Maryland, between Confederate forces under General Robert E. Lee and Union forces under Major General George McClellan, during the American Civil War. Antietam was laid down by the Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation at Pascagoula, Mississippi, on 15 November 1984, launched on 14 February 1986, and commissioned on 6 June 1987 in Baltimore, Maryland. The ship is armed with guided missiles and rapid-fire guns. She also carries two Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk LAMPS helicopters, capable of multiple missions, but primarily equipped for antisubmarine warfare (ASW).

The Ticonderoga-class guided missile-cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) passes the USS Arizona memorial while arriving to its new homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 5, 2024.
The Ticonderoga-class guided missile-cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) passes the USS Arizona memorial while arriving to its new homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 5, 2024. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Gavin Arnoldhendershot)

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