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USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG 51)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Tango - Sierra - Golf


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
CLASS - TICONDEROGA
Displacement 9,589 (FL) Tons, Dimensions, 565' 10" (oa) x 55' x 31' 6" (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54RF, 2 Twin Missile Launchers, (88 Missiles) 8 Harpoon SSM 4x2,
2 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS, 2 x 25mm Bushmaster mg. 6 x12.75" TT. 2 LAMPS Helos.
Machinery, 80,000 SHP; G.E. Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Crew 370.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 31 AUG 1984 by Bath Iron Works, ME
Launched 14 DEC 1985
Commissioned 22 AUG 1987
Decommissioned 16 DEC 2005
Stricken 16 DEC 2005
Fate: Moored at NISMF Philadelphia, PA - DLA awarded 15 December 2014 to ESCO Marine.

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Southwest Asia Service Medal (2) - Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (6)
Fifth Row - Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon (2) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


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USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51) Namesake

Thomas Gates was secretary of defense under President Eisenhower from December 2, 1959, to January 20, 1961. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where his father later became president, and joined his father's investment firm, Drexel and Company, as an associate. He later became a partner in the company. Gates joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1935 and was called up in April 1942 and sent to Quonset Point Air Intelligence School before being assigned to staff of CINCLANT, the Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Theater. While aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger, Gates was involved in the landings of American troops at Casablanca. In 1943, while serving on the aircraft carrier USS Monterey in the Pacific, he participated in the landings at Tarawa and Kwajalein Island, and from 1944 to 1945, he assisted in Operation Dragoon, a planned Allied invasion of France. He was discharged in October 1945 with the rank of commander and, in 1946, began work as director of Beaver Coal Corporation, becoming its vice president in 1948. On October 2, 1953, Gates returned to national service as undersecretary of the Navy (1953-1957), secretary of the Navy (1957-1959), and assistant secretary of defense (1959) before becoming the new secretary. For a time, President-elect Kennedy considered him as a possible secretary of defense. Gates would become president and director of Morgan Guaranty Trust upon his retirement from government in 1961. In 1976, President Ford, with whom he had served in the Navy, appointed him U.S. Liaison to China, with the rank of ambassador. Gates retired from the position in 1977 and died in 1983. His legacy lives on in the form of a naval cruiser, the USS Thomas Gates.

Bill Gonyo
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325k Ship's profile, as built, courtesy of John R. Barrett.. ©John R. Barrett
Navy Yard Associates
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173k Keel Laying ceremony at Bath Iron Works, 31 August 1984. Ron Reeves
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437k Launching Booklet, 14 DEC 1985. Robert M. Cieri
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223k High speed run during Sea Trials. USN
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469k Commissioning Booklet, 22 AUG 1987. Robert M. Cieri
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39k Commissioning ceremony, Philadelphia, PA, 22 August 1987. Ed Zajkowski
Thomas S. Gates 27k Small, Port bow overhead. USN
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The Aegis guided missile cruiser USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51) and the guided missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) ride at anchor in the harbor. To their left is the Soviet guided missile cruiser Slava in 1989.

US Navy Photo

Tommy Trampp
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291k Firing an SM2 missile from the stern launcher in 1992. Robert M. Cieri
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336k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1993. Robert M. Cieri
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The U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51) anchors in Augusta Bay, Sicily on 26 JUL 1997 after participating in exercise INVITEX 97. INVITEX was the largest joint exercise of the year bringing 13,000 U.S. Navy and Marine Corps troops together with more than 3,000 allied forces during a mock conflict in the Mediterranean Sea.

U.S. Navy photo #970726-N-3335M-005 by photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Tara D. Mikesell.

Bill Gonyo
Thomas S. Gates 297k At sea with the Guided missile Cruiser USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51) North Atlantic 16 October 2002. as her crew members conduct a Maritime Interdiction Operation (MIO) This operation is performed by specially trained personnel who board and inspect vessels to ensure they are in accordance with U.N. resolutions and to prevent transportation of illegal cargo. Steven A. Cardali
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An F/A-18 belonging to the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s elite flight demonstration team, performs a fly-by of the guided missile cruiser USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51) during a Maritime Interdiction Operation (MIO) and Vessel Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) team training exercise in the Gulf of Mexico -7 May 2003.

U.S. Navy photo by Gary Nichols.

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10 March 2004 - Sailors of the guided-missile cruiser USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51) “man the rails” as the ship gets underway from its homeport at Naval Station Pascagoula. While deployed, the ship will take part in a variety of missions, including a circumnavigation of the South American continent. Gates' deployment will include counter-drug operations; port visits along the Eastern Atlantic seaboard and international exercises with South American Navies. Gates will be the visiting ship for the U.S. Naval Academy graduation and will also be the escort ship for the nation's newest aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) as it heads for its new homeport in San Diego.

U.S. Navy photo #040310-N-4397B-002 by Stacey Byington.

Bill Gonyo
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Pacific Ocean, 11 July 2005 - An aerial bow on view of the guided missile cruiser USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51) underway in the Pacific Ocean.

U.S. Navy photo #050711-N-4374S-001 by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg

Robert M. Cieri
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Pacific Ocean, 11 July 2005 - The guided missile cruiser USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51), center, underway along side the Chilean frigate Williams (FF 19) and Peruvian frigate Carvajal (FM 51) in the Pacific Ocean. Thomas S. Gates is part of a multinational naval and coast guard force from six nations conducting UNITAS 46-05 Pacific Phase off the coasts of Colombia. The Colombian Navy in this year’s UNITAS Pacific Phase hosts Ecuador, Panama, Peru and the United States. During the two-week exercise, participating units have the opportunity to train as unified force in all aspects of naval operations, from maritime interdiction to anti-submarine and electronic warfare. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command sponsors UNITAS exercises with the objective to foster cooperation and develop interoperability among the navies of the region.

U.S. Navy photo #050711-N-4374S-005 by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg

Robert M. Cieri
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Pacific Ocean 13 July 2005 - The guided missile cruiser USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51) fires a training round from an MK-45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight gun during a live fire exercise in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Colombia, during UNITAS 46-50.

U.S. Navy photo #050713-N-4374S-001 by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg

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Caribbean Sea, 18 July 2005 - The guided missile cruiser USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51) joins a formation of naval and coast guard units from the United States, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Panama during UNITAS 46-05. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command sponsored UNITAS with the objective of increasing interoperability and fostering cooperation among naval forces in the region. During the two-week exercise in July, participating forces had the opportunity test their skills in areas such as anti-submarine warfare, air defense, maritime interdiction operations and surface gunnery.

U.S. Navy photo #050718-N-1159B-085 by Journalist 1st Class Brian Brannon

Robert M. Cieri
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Panama City, Panama, 9 August 2005 - The guided missile cruiser USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51) sails under the Bridge of the Americas, as it departs the port of Vasco Nunez de Balboa to conduct the at-sea portion of the PANAMAX 2005 exercise.

U.S. Air Force #050809-F-3177P-185 photo by Airman 1st Class Veronica Pierce

Robert M. Cieri
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Caribbean Sea, 10 August 2005 - The U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51) is one of the several vessels participating in PANAMAX 2005. PANAMAX is a training exercise in defense of the Panama Canal involving 15 countries. The Panama Canal is critical to the free flow of trade and goods in the Western Hemisphere and the entire world. The region's economy and stability largely depend on the safe transport of several hundred million tons of cargo that transit through the canal every year.

U.S. Air Force photo #050810-F-4883S-031 by Tech. Sgt. Rick Sforza

Robert M. Cieri
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152k The Ex-Thomas S. Gates date and location unknown. Ron Reeves
Yorktown
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205k Ex-Yorktown and Ex-Thomas S. Gates moored at Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard in December 2010. Ron Reeves
Ticonderoga
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3m Ex-Yorktown, Ex-Ticonderoga, and Ex-Thomas S. Gates moored at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Philadelphia. John Hummel

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Sutton, Robert, CAPT RADL 08/22/1987 - 09/03/1989
Giffin III, Henry Collins, CAPT VADM 09/03/1989 - 06/26/1991
Boyd, William L., (Chip), CAPT   06/26/1991 - 04/02/1993
Lewis, Billy Laroy, CAPT   04/02/1993 - 01/11/1995
Barry, John Michael, CAPT   01/11/1995 - 11/30/1996
Rosbolt, Paul K., CDR   11/30/1996 - 04/30/1998
Allen, Patrick Eugene, CDR   04/30/1998 - 12/04/1999
Bradford, James D., CDR   12/04/1999 - 06/29/2001
Eyer, Kevin Stewart, CDR   06/29/2001 - 02/14/2003
Rainer Jr., Richard Allen, CDR   02/14/2003 - 10/02/2004
Leonard, Joseph Jude, CDR   10/02/2004 - 12/16/2005

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)


USS THOMAS S. GATES (CG 51) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Supplemental History Page: Sevastopol, The Ukraine, USSR visit, 4 - 8 August 1989
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