USS BUNKER HILL
The first ship
to employ the Vertical Launch System (VLS), USS
Bunker Hill was given the nickname "Vertical
Swordsman". The ship's mission is to protect
Navy battle groups from a variety of threats.
Besides the VLS, the cruiser is equipped with the
AEGIS Combat System along with the AN/SPY-1A radar.
Bunker Hill was
commissioned September 20, 1986, in Boston, MA,
within sight of the historic monument commemorating
her namesake battle.
In early 1988,
Bunker Hill was awarded her first Battle
Efficiency "E" Award and has since earned seven
Battle "E" Awards, including the Golden Battle "E,"
given when a ship earns five such awards
In August, 1988,
she shifted homeports from San Diego, CA, to
Yokosuka, Japan, to join the USS MIDWAY (CV 41)
In November 1990,
Bunker Hill sailed in support of Operation DESERT
SHIELD and DESERT STORM and served as the
multinational Anti-Air Warfare Commander (AAWC),
directing the tactical employment of 26 ships and
over 300 combat aircraft. It was one of the
first ships to launch TOMAHAWK Land Attack Missiles
against Iraqi forces. It would eventually launch a
total of 28 Tomahawks.
In March 1992,
Bunker Hill was part of the last battle group to
visit the U.S. Naval Base at Subic Bay, Republic of
the Philippines. The following month, Bunker Hill
left Yokosuka for a seven month deployment to the
Arabian Gulf where its crew helped in organizing and
establishing Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, the vigilant
guard over Southern Iraq.
Over the years, the
crew of Bunker Hill has seen and participated in
many special events, including engaging in various
multinational operations in the South East Asian
region. She has participated in training evolutions
involving the military forces of Thailand, South
Korea, India, Malaysia, and Japan. In 1993, Bunker
Hill made a historic visit to the Russian city
Vladivostok. One year later, she made a port visit
to Qingdao in the People’s Republic of China, the
first U.S. Navy ship to have visited the PRC since
In March 1996,
China fired a series of TBMs into the ocean near
Taiwan. Bunker Hill, was called on short notice to
reposition and track the TBMs using its SPY-1A
radar. The Bunker Hill's Aegis Combat
System recorded each missile flight in detail.
USS Bunker Hill (CG
52) too part in the 6-day long Exercise ANNUALEX USS
headed by the USS Independence (CV 62) Battle Group.
The exercise also involved approximately 120 ships
and 180 aircraft from the Japan Maritime Self
Defense Force (JMSDF) in the waters surrounding
Japan. The exercise aimed at testing the
capabilities for coordinated/bilateral operations in
defense of Japan.
The Bunker Hill
deployed to the Arabian Gulf from January to June
In August 1998,
Bunker Hill returned to the homeport she left ten
Iraqi Freedom, Bunker Hill was one of the first
warships to conduct Tomahawk strikes against
leadership targets in Iraq. Its embarked LAMPS
(Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System) helicopter
detachment, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light
45 "the Wolfpack," supported the rescue of United
Nations workers being forcibly removed from oil
platforms in the Northern Arabian Gulf and provided
medical evacuations from Umm Qasr.
Like all of our warship
models, this USS Bunker Hill
model ship has the following qualities:
hull construction (very important), weighing less than 10 lbs
(A solid hull of this model would be over 30 lbs
which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art
- Hollow superstructure is comprised of many
individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not
several solid pieces of wood stacking on top one
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to
the hollow structures.
computer-printed paper deck
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
- Light "rust"
appearance that only master modelers can make.
x 13.5" T x 6" W
(wooden base is included)
S & H is $90