USS TICONDEROGA CG-47 Naval Cover 1981 LAUNCH Cachet PASCAGOULA, MISS
It is canceled "PASCAGOULA, MS" 16 May 1981. This envelope is in very good condition, but the address label has been removed. It is franked with stamp "Eagle".
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USS Ticonderoga (DDG/CG-47), fifth to bear the name, was a guided-missile cruiser in the service of the United States Navy. Homeported in Pascagoula, Mississippi, the "Tico" was the lead ship of her class.
 History of the ship
First Lady Nancy Reagan
christens the USS Ticonderoga
on 16 May 1981; Mrs. Reagan had been a main sponsor of the ship's building.
The United States Navy built the first Aegis cruisers using the hull and machinery designs of Spruance-class destroyers. Ticonderoga was ordered as a guided missile destroyer, but redesignated as a cruiser before she was laid down.
The contract to build DDG-47 Ticonderoga was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding on 22 September 1978. On 1 January 1980, she was redesignated as a guided missile cruiser, CG-47. Her keel was laid down on 21 January 1980, the 35th anniversary of the devistating kamikaze attack on the Essex-class carrier Ticonderoga (CV-14). CG-47 was launched on 25 April 1981 and was delivered on 13 December 1982. She was commissioned on 22 January 1983 with First Lady Nancy Reagan, the ship's main sponsor, having the honor of christening the ship on 16 May 1981.
For a time in the late 1990s she was based at Pascagoula, Mississippi, as part of Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic's Westerns Hemisphere Group.
She served in the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Earnest Will while under the command of Captain James M. Arrison III, USN.
She completed her final deployment on 3 August 2004, and was decommissioned on 30 September of that year. After her decommissioning, she was towed to the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Philadelphia. Recently, however, she was put up for museum donation by the Navy and there is a strong effort to bring Ticonderoga to Pascagoula, Mississippi, where she was built, to serve as a museum ship.
 Special characteristics
Ticonderoga was the first combatant ship to feature the Aegis combat system (a limited version of the system had been tested in Norton Sound). This allows the ship to track and engage multiple targets (aircraft) much more effectively than any ship previously.
 Origin of the name
CG-47 is the fifth United States Navy vessel to carry on the name Ticonderoga. The ship was named for the Capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. Most of the ships in the Ticonderoga class are similarly named for significant battles in US history. The name "Ticonderoga" comes from an Iroquois word tekontaró:ken, meaning "it is at the junction of two waterways".
(CG-47) at berth, Philadelphia Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Jan 2008
 Ticonderoga in fiction
Ticonderoga was featured in the Tom Clancy novel Red Storm Rising (1986). In the novel, Ticonderoga is part of a surface fleet built around the carrier Nimitz. During a surprise Soviet air raid, Ticonderoga unleashes her missiles at the incoming Soviet anti-ship missiles, and succeeded in eliminating just over 60% of the total number of "vampires" all by herself. Despite her best efforts and the efforts of the other ships Ticonderoga, Nimitz, Saratoga, and several other ships receive heavy damage from the attack, while the French carrier Foch, Saipan and a handful of other vessels are destroyed.