The Ticonderoga Class Guided missile cruisers are large combat vessels with multiple target response capability. These ships are multi-mission surface combatants, including Air Warfare (AW), Undersea Warfare (USW), Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) and Surface Warfare (SUW). They are capable of supporting carrier battle groups, amphibious forces, or of operating independently and as flagships of surface action groups.
USS Port Royal ran aground about a half-mile south of the Honolulu International Airport's Reef Runway at around 8 p.m. on the 5th of February, 2009. No one was injured in the incident and no fuel was spilled. The salvage ship USNS Salvor made three unsuccessful efforts to pull the ship off the sandbar on three consecutive days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 6–8 February), before a successful attempt on the 9th of February. Port Royal was successfully pulled off the rock and sand shoal at around 2 a.m. The removal by the salvage ship and seven tug boats took about 40 minutes with no injuries during the recovery effort. The warship suffered heavy damage to the underwater bow sonar dome and to its propellers and propeller shafts and was drydocked for repairs. After $40 million spent on repairs, the cruiser deployed for the first time since the grounding in June 2011.