Easy Model EM37403 Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser - USS Princeton (CG-59) (1:1250 Scale)
"Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!"
- Admiral Farragut sailing aboard his flagsphip Hartford while entering Mobile Bay, Alabama, August 23, 1864
USS Princeton (CG-59) is a Ticonderoga-class cruiser guided-missile cruiser serving in the United States Navy. Armed with naval guns and anti-air and -ship missiles, the ship is named for the Revolutionary War victories over the British by George Washington in and around the town of Princeton, New Jersey.
Princeton was the first Ticonderoga-class cruiser to carry the AN/SPY-1B radar system. The ship's first commander was Captain Ted Hontz, who took command at the commissioning ceremony on February 11th, 1989 in the Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula Mississippi. After transiting through the Panama Canal, the ship was stationed at Long Beach Naval Shipyard.
On the morning of February 18th, 1991, during Operation Desert Storm, Princeton was patrolling an operating area 28 nautical miles off Failaka Island in the Persian Gulf, on the west side of the tactically "fake" U.S. Marine and Invasion forces afloat. Two bottom-moored influence mines (MANTAs) exploded, one just under the port rudder and the other just forward of the starboard bow, most likely sympathetic detonation caused by the first explosion. The blasts cracked the superstructure, buckled three lines in the hull, jammed the port rudder, flooded the #3 switchboard room through chillwater pipe cracks, and damaged the starboard shaft. In addition, two crew members were seriously injured, and one sustained minor injuries. Despite the severe damage, the forward weapons and AEGIS combat system were back online within 15 minutes.
Risking great peril, HMCS Athabaskan (DDH-282) moved north through the minefield to deliver damage-control supplies to the severely damaged ship, which remained on station for 30 hours until relieved. The crippled ship, with a locked starboard shaft and locked port rudder, was guided from the minefield by the minesweeper USS Adroit (MSO-509). Temporary repairs were conducted in Bahrain, then in the port of Jebel Ali near Dubai by the duty destroyer tender USS Acadia (AD-42), and finally in a Dubai drydock. After eight weeks, Princeton returned to the United States under the ship's own power for additional repairs. The ship and and crew were awarded the Combat Action Ribbon.
Pictured here is a 1:1250 scale replica of a Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser - USS Princeton (CG-59). Sold Out!
Length: 5-1/2 inches
Release Date: September 2008