#ArmyNavy Game: Our Navy’s Cruisers and USNA’s Linebackers

When our midshipmen take on West Point’s cadets in the 116th Army-Navy Game, the mids will be wearing uniforms that pay homage to seven types of our ships – detailed on seven hand-painted helmets that each player will wear, assigned by position.

As we countdown towards our 14th consecutive victory against Army, we’re sharing how these ships and their Sailors protect and defend America.

So far, we’ve highlighted our submarines (wide receivers); littoral combat ships (running backs), amphibious assault ships (linemen), and destroyers (defensive backs). Today, we continue with the linebackers’ cruiser helmets.

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Provides anti-air defense and packs the biggest punch of Naval surface ships; representative of the linebackers on the Navy football team.

Modern U.S. Navy guided missile cruisers perform primarily in a Battle Force role. These ships are multi-mission (Air Warfare, Undersea Warfare, Naval Surface Fire Support, and Surface Warfare) surface combatants. They are capable of supporting carrier battle groups, amphibious forces, or of operating independently and as flagships of surface action groups.

In this video, watch the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launch Tomahawk Land-Attack Missiles (TLAM) against ISIL targets, Sept. 23, 2014. Philippine Sea was deployed as part of the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

Learn more about our cruisers in the U.S. Navy Fact File.

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