P 820 - USS Cowpens CG 63

Length Height Weight Packaging
5.7 in (14.4 cm) 1.4 in (3.56 cm) 45 gm (1.6 oz) Blister Card

This is the Tri-ang Minic Ships model of USS Cowpens CG 63 a US Navy Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser named for the Battle of Cowpens which occurred on 17th January 1781 during the American War of Independence.

USS Cowpens is one of the later 22 ships fitted with the Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) in place of the original Mk 26 twin-arm missile launcher which greatly improved the flexibility and firepower of the ships by allowing them to fire both the Standard missile (SAM) and the BGM-109 Tomahawk missile.

Built on the highly successful Spruance class hull, Ticonderoga class cruisers were designed primarily as escorts for Carrier Strike Groups (CSGs) and Amphibious Assault Groups but are also used for interdiction and general escort duties. They were the first US Navy surface ships equipped with the AEGIS Weapons System at the heart of which is the SPY-1A phased array radar that automatically detects and tracks air contacts at ranges beyond 200 miles. The AEGIS system is designed to defeat attacking missiles by providing a quick reaction high firepower defense coupled with jamming resistance to deal with Air Warfare threats expected to be faced by Carrier Strike Groups (CSGs).

The Ticonderoga class cruisers with their AEGIS air defense system; AN/SSQ-89 Undersea Warfare System with hull mounted Sonar and towed Acoustic Array Sonar; sophisticated AN-SLQ-32 C4ISR Electronic Warfare suite; Mk 41 VLS and Tomahawk cruise missiles; and two five inch gun mounts are some of the most powerful multi role surface combatants afloat. They are capable of sustained combat operations in any combination of Anti-Air (AAW), Anti-Submarine (ASW), Anti-Surface and Land Strike warfare environments as well as being able to provide Naval Gunfire Support (NGFS / NGS) for the US Marine Corps during amphibious assaults / landings.

The ships are powered by four gas turbine engines coupled to two controllable reversible pitch propellers which provide rapid acceleration to speeds in excess of 30 knots while also increasing maneuverability and allowing the ship to be brought rapidly to a stop.

The model is marked on the underside with the Tri-ang Minic logo, "US Navy Series", model number P 820, and the description "Ticonderoga Class Cruiser".


Name: USS Cowpens CG-63
Assignment: US Seventh Fleet
Carrier Strike Group 5 (CSG-5)
Home Port: Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan
Builder: Litton-Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation, Pascagoula, Mississippi
Laid Down: 23rd December 1987
Launched: 11th March 1989
Commissioned: 9th March 1991
Displacement: 9,500 tons Full Load
Length (OA): 567 ft (173 m)
Beam: 55 ft (17 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.5 m)
Armament: 2 x Mark 45 5 inch 54 calibre Dual Purpose Guns
2 x Mark 38(M242) Bushmaster 25 mm chain guns
2 x 20 mm 6 barrel GE Vulcan Phalanx CIWS
2/4 x M2 Browning .50 calibre machine guns
2 x 61 Cell Mk 41 Vertical Launch Systems with combination of -
RIM-67 SM-2 Standard surface-to-air missiles;
BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles; and
RUM-139 VL-ASROC anti-submarine missiles
2 x RGM-84 quadruple Harpoon anti-ship missile launchers
2 x Mk 32 12.75 inch triple torpedo tubes
Countermeasures: AEGIS Air Defense System - SPY-1A phased array radar
AN/SSQ-89 Undersea Warfare System
AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare Suite
Propulsion: 4 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, 80,000 shp, two shafts each
with a variable pitch reversible propeller
Maximum Speed: 32+ knots
Complement: 360 Ships Company - Officers & Crew

Aircraft: 2 x SH-60 Seahawk Helicopters
Disposal: In service
Ships in Class:

(Ships in italics are in reserve)
USS Antietam - CG 54
USS Anzio - CG 68
USS Bunker Hill - CG 52
USS Cape St. George - CG 71
USS Chancellorsville - CG 62
USS Chosin - CG 65
USS Cowpens - CG 63
USS Gettysburg - CG 64
USS Hue City - CG 66
USS Lake Champlain - CG 57
USS Lake Erie - CG 70
USS Leyte Gulf - CG 55
USS Mobile Bay - CG 53
USS Monterey - CG 61
USS Normandy - CG 60
USS Philippine Sea - CG 58
USS Port Royal - CG 73
USS Princeton - CG 59
USS San Jacinto - CG 56
USS Shiloh - CG 67
USS Thomas S. Gates - CG 51
USS Ticonderoga - CG 47
USS Valley Forge - CG 50
USS Vella Gulf - CG 72
USS Vicksburg - CG 69
USS Vincennes - CG 49
USS Yorktown - CG 48
(Statistical information from Jane's Fighting Ships 2003 Edition)

Photograph of USS Cowpens - Courtesy US Navy

Further details can be obtained from the following links -
Wikipedia - USS Cowpens http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Cowpens_(CG-63)
Wikipedia - Ticonderoga Class Cruisers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ticonderoga_class_cruiser
US Navy Web Site http://www.navy.mil/navydata/ships/cruisers/cruisers.asp
FAS "The Military Analysis Network" - Ticonderoga Class http://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/cg-47.htm
The Haze Gray & Underway Web Site http://www.hazegray.org/worldnav/usa/surface.htm