USS Ticonderoga (CG-47), the first ship of the AEGIS guided Missile Class of the US Navy looks like, after years of being on the “Museum” hold list, will finally be scrapped. Currently, mothballed in Philadelphia it’s survival as a museum ship is in question.
Word has been received at the Society that the Mississippi Maritime and Warship Museum, will not be adding it to its collection. “Ti V,” was initially put on the museum “hold list” on 16 May 2013. After being informed that the Mississippi Museum, would not be the host museum port, an effort was made to seek another alternative. The Intrepid Sea-Air-Space-Museum, located in New York City, being one on the list, responded to the inquiry that their “Pier 86 permit does not allow adding other vessels at the pier due to accommodating the arriving and departing cruise ships at Pier 88.” “These cruise ships, being among the largest cruise ships in the world, use up all the available water space between the piers.” Another reason mentioned was the “substantial capital costs for ongoing vessel maintenance.” “The large expense for vessel maintenance is a “severe challenge to naval museums all over the country.”
The citizens of this area had a chance to participate in “Fleet Week” at the Intrepid Museum in May, 1998 when Deputy Town Supervisor, William Dolback, led town officials and quests for a tour of the USS Ticonderoga (CG-47) , the host US Naval ship for that year’s naval event.
Commanding Officer, CDR. David G. Yoshihara greeted the Ti Visitors and later exchanged plaques and resolutions with Supervisor Mike Connery. Then members of the ship’s company, included Ti native Michael Arthur, MS1, guided the delegation around the ship and provided their special guests with a wonderful buffet and welcoming cake.
Our Gift Shop has USS Ticonderoga items for sale, including caps, postal covers, books and license plate holders.