USS Philippine Sea on 22 February 2005
|Namesake||Battle of the Philippine Sea|
|Ordered||27 December 1983|
|Builder||Bath Iron Works|
|Laid down||8 April 1986|
|Launched||12 July 1987|
|Commissioned||18 March 1989|
|Status||in active service|
|Class and type||Ticonderoga-class cruiser|
|Displacement||Approx. 9,600 long tons (9,800 t) full load|
|Length||567 feet (173 m)|
|Beam||55 feet (16.8 meters)|
|Draft||34 feet (10.2 meters)|
|Speed||32.5 knots (60 km/h; 37.4 mph)|
|Complement||30 officers and 300 enlisted|
|Sensors and |
|Aircraft carried||2 × Sikorsky SH-60B or MH-60R Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.|
USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) is a Flight II Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser on active service in the United States Navy. She is named for the Battle of the Philippine Sea during World War II and is the second ship to bear the name. She has completed multiple deployments as part of Operation Enduring Freedom since 2001.
Philippine Sea was built by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Her keel was laid on 8 April 1986 and she was launched on 12 July 1987. Upon completion of her sea-trials after construction, Philippine Sea transferred to the Atlantic Fleet and was commissioned on 18 March 1989 in Portland, Maine.
In 2003, the ship was assigned to Cruiser-Destroyer Group 12.
In 2010, the ship failed her initial Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) inspection. On 7 May 2011, Philippine Sea departed Mayport for a scheduled overseas deployment to the U.S. Fifth Fleet and U.S. Sixth Fleet Area of Responsibility. On 3 June 2011, Philippine Sea paid a port visit to Kiel, Germany, prior to participating with the multi-national exercise Baltic Operations 2011 (BALTOPS-2011). This exercise included naval units from the United States, Russian, Danish, Polish and French navies, and BALTOPS-2011 ended on 21 June 2011. On 6 July 2011, Philippine Sea rescued 26 Filipino crew members from the Marshall Islands-owned, Liberian-flagged supertanker Brilliante Virtuoso southwest of Aden, Yemen, after the ship's superstructure was set on fire following a reported attack by pirates using rocket-propelled grenades (RPG). Philippine Sea transited the Suez Canal on 1 July 2011.
The cremated remains of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, were buried at sea from the warship on 14 September 2012, in the Atlantic Ocean.
Starting on 23 September 2014, USS Philippine Sea fired Tomahawk missiles in the Persian Gulf at sites in Syria, targeting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's command-and-control centers, training camps and weapons depots. The operation was expected to last several hours, with the first explosions from Tomahawk missiles heard near Raqqa in northern Syria. The USS Philippine Sea was part of the USS George H.W. Bush carrier strike group.