July 14, 2000


U.S. Cruiser and Chilean Frigate Open For Tours

The general public will have the opportunity to tour two ships at Naval Station this weekend. The guided-missile cruiser USS PRINCETON (CG-59) will be open for general public visiting on Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Naval Station's Pier 7.

In addition to PRINCE-TON, guests will have the opportunity to tour a Chilean Navy ship. CS CONDELL (FFG-6), a frigate from Valparaiso, Chile, will be at Naval Station and will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m on Saturday and Sunday.

PRINCETON is a Ticond-eroga Class Aegis guided-missile cruiser. Commissioned on February 11, 1989, the ship is the sixth U.S. Navy warship named in commemoration of the Revolutionary War battle fought in New Jersey from January 2-3, 1777.

PRINCETON's primary mission is to operate with aircraft carrier battle groups and surface action groups in extreme threat environments well into the 21st century. The ship's purpose is to detect, classify and track hundreds of potential targets using a variety of weapons — ship and helicopter launched torpedoes, surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, rapid-fire close-in weapons and electronic jammers and decoys. The ship's complement consists of approximately 37 officers, 45 chief petty officers and 327 enlisted personnel. Additional information about PRINCE-TON is available at their website: http:www.princeton.navy.mil.

CS CONDELL boasts a crew of 260, including 20 officers. The ship is 372 feet in length, displaces 2,500 tons and cruises at a maximum speed of 29 knots. Commissioned in 1973, it is one of four frigates in the Chilean fleet of 51 ships. Condell departed its homeport of Valparaiso, Chile, April 19 for a five-month deployment, culminating in its participation in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (Rim Pac 2000).

Visitors interested in either ship can go to Naval Station's main gate at 32nd Street for passes and directions to the ships.

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