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At least two of these missile cruisers were part of a fleet of vessels assigned by the United States Navy assigned to escort a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier on its mission to deliver King Kong from Skull Island to Antarctica in order to reach Hollow Earth.
The powerful ordnance of these vessels was intended to protect Kong against a possible attack from Godzilla. Despite their power, Kong and his escorts only survived by playing dead, and the entire fleet was destroyed. Kong was then tethered to a set of planes and transported the remaining distance.
- The vessel is modeled after the real-life USS Lake Champlain.