Rip out work is set to start this month on board the Ticonderoga-class Aegis guided-missile cruiser Bunker Hill (CG-52) at a BAE Systems shipyard in San Diego. This is the first step in a year-long updating of the ship's machinery, the Aegis weapon system, and shipboard weapons and sensors.
The Bunker Hill work kicks off a comprehensive modernization planned for the Navy's seven Aegis "baseline 2" cruisers, Bunker Hill through Philippine Sea (CG-58) that eventually will be extended to the rest of the Aegis fleet through a broader Aegis modernization program that will encompass the remaining 15 cruisers, Princeton (CG-59) through Port Royal (CG-73) and all 62 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDG-51 through DDG-112).
The upgrade work and "lighting off" the Aegis system for testing on the Bunker Hill is set for completion in August, with her return to service in early 2009. The seven-ship cruiser modernization is scheduled to be complete by 2016; Aegis modernization starts with the Arleigh Burke in 2012.