The guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) launches a Standard Missile 2 , MK-45 5-inch/62 caliber lightweight guns and MK-15 Close in Weapons during a Live Fire With a Purpose (LFWAP) event.
The LFWAP program is a reinvigorated missile exercise program designed to increase fleet lethality and tactical proficiency. It provides the surface warfare enterprise an opportunity to examine human, system and tactics, techniques, and procedure performance with an eye toward rapid increases in tactical proficiency, crew confidence, and lethality.
USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser in the United States Navy. She was named in memory of the World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Pacific.
Warship General Information:
- General Characteristics: Awarded: June 20, 1983
- Keel laid: March 18, 1985
- Launched: June 20, 1986
- Commissioned: September 26, 1987
- Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, Miss.
- Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines
- Length: 567 feet (173 meters)
- Beam: 55 feet (16.8 meters)
- Draft: 34 feet (10.2 meters)
- Displacement: approx. 9,600 tons full load
- Speed: 30+ knots
- Cost: about $1 billion
- Aircraft: two SH-60 Sea Hawk (LAMPS 3)