US Cruisers List: Guided Missile Cruisers


Revised 17 July 2000
Version 1.19
Compiled and Maintained by: Andrew Toppan (actoppan@hazegray.org)
URL: http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/cruisers/

This list includes all US Guided Missile Cruisers.

Type                                 Desig.  Notes
Guided Missile Heavy Cruisers           CAG     
Guided Missile Light Cruisers           CLG     changed to CG
Guided Missile Light Cruiser (Nuclear)  CLGN    changed to CGN
Guided Missile Cruisers                 CG
Guided Missile Cruisers (Nuclear)       CGN

CG series established 4 Jan 1954.  Only CGN 42 and CG 51-73 started
with CG series designations, all others were reclassified from other
designations.

All cruisers currently in service, and nearly all ships ever designated
CG, are built to destroyer designs.  Only one guided missile cruiser was 
built to a true cruiser design; several were converted from WWII 
cruisers.  CAG 1 through CG 12 were large AAW ships, built on true 
cruiser hulls.  Many were fitted as fleet flagships.  CG 16 through CGN 41 
were reclassified Frigates (DL series); they were overgrown AAW 
destroyers.  CGN 42 started life as a CGN, but was built to a DLGN 
design.  CG 47-50 are reclassified DDGs.  CG 51-73 were started as CGs, 
but are identical to the ex-DDG ships.  CG 13 and CG 14 were cancelled, 
CG 15 and CG 43-46 were skipped.

Note on CGN decommissionings: Almost all CGNs will leave service in
the near future.  Some of the ships are being decommissioned due to
old age (Long Beach, Bainbridge, Truxtun), the others are being 
decommissioned to avoid refuelling and overhaul costs.  The deactivation 
process involves removal of all weapons, superstructure, sensors, 
electronics and anything of value; the reactors are either shut down and 
the cores are removed (most ships), or they are left in low-level 
operation (Long Beach).  The bare hulk is then stored until there is space 
for it to be scrapped in the CGN/SSN/SSBN disposal program at Puget Sound 
Naval Shipyard.


Boston class guided missile heavy cruisers

Displ: 17,685 tons full load Dim: 673.5 x 70.5 x 32 ft Prop: Steam turbines, 4 615 psi boilers, 4 shafts, 120,000 hp, 30+ knots Crew: 1625 Arm: 2 twin Terrier (144 missiles total), 2 triple 8/55, 5 dual 5/38, 6 dual 3/50 (Canberra: 4 dual 3/50) Armor: 4-6 inch belt, 2.5 inch deck, 1.5-8 inch turrets, 6-6.3 inch barbettes, 1.5 inch missile magazines Guided missile conversions of Baltimore class heavy cruisers. This was only a partial conversion, with a full conversion to be carried out if the weapons were successful. The forward 5" and 8" guns were unchanged and the forward superstructure was somewhat modified; the two funnels were trunked to one and the entire aft superstructure was replaced. Two Terrier launchers fitted aft in place of the original 5" and 8" guns. Two more Terrier launchers would have been added forward, but the missiles were rapidly outdated. Ships were obsolete by 1964; various proposals for limited modernization or complete reconstruction were not carried out. Both ships became CAs in 1968, with the 8" guns considered the main armament. CA 69/CAG 1/CA 69 Boston Built by Bethlehem Quincy. Laid down 30 June 1941, launched 26 Aug 1942, commissioned 30 June 1943. Decommissioned 29 Oct 1946. To CAG 4 Jan 1952, converted at NY Shipbuilding 11 April 1952 to 14 Oct 1955, recommissioned 1 Nov 1955. Two dual 3/50 later removed. To CA 1 May 1968. Decommissioned 5 May 1970, stricken 4 Jan 1974, sold 28 March 1975, scrapped. CA 70/CAG 2/CA 70 Canberra (ex Pittsburgh) Built by Bethlehem Quincy. Laid down 3 Sept 1941, launched 19 April 1943, commissioned 14 Oct 1943. Torpedoed 13 Oct 1944. Decommissioned 7 March 1947. To CAG 4 Jan 1952, converted at NY Shipbuilding 30 June 1952 to 1 June 1956, recommissioned 15 June 1956. To CA 1 May 1968, missiles removed. Decommissioned 2 Feb 1970, stricken 31 July 1978, sold 31 July 1980, scrapped.

Galveston class guided missile light cruisers

Displ: 15,205 tons full load Dim: 610 x 66 x 25 ft Prop: Steam turbines, 4 634 psi boilers, 4 shafts, 100,000 hp, 30+ knots Crew: 1395 Arm: 1 twin Talos (46 missiles), 1 triple 6/47, 1 dual 5/38 (CLG 3: 2 triple 6/47, 3 dual 5/38) Armor: 3.25-5 inch belt, 2 inch deck, 1.5-6 inch turrets, 6 inch barbettes, 1.5 inch missile magazine The Galveston and Providence classes were intended to be low-cost conversions from Cleveland class CLs. The two classes were to be structurally identical; they used essentially the same missile launch system to accomodate Talos (Galveston class) or Terrier (Providence class) missiles; the mast arrangement varied according to the missile type. To fill an immediate need for fleet flagships, 4 of the 6 conversions were completed with flagship facilities. One ship of each class was completed to the original configuration: Galveston as a non-flag Talos ship, and Topeka as a non-flag Terrier ship. The other 4 ships (2 of each class) were completed as combined flagships and guided missile cruisers. The non-flag conversions retained the forward superstructure and guns unmodified; they had 2 triple 6 inch and 3 dual 5 inch turrets forward. The flagship conversions had a massively rebuilt and enlarged forward superstructure; they retained the #1 6 inch turret in the original location and one dual 5 inch turret was moved to the original #2 6 inch location. The other turrets (2 5 inch, 1 6 inch) carried by the non-flag conversions were removed from the flagships. *All* conversions had the entire rear superstructure totally rebuilt, with the original aft weapons replaced by a missile launcher and a missile storage facility. All 6 ships had massive new masts added, but the original funnels remained unaltered. Consideration was given to bulging the ships for greater stability, but this was not done. The 4 surviving ships became CGs on 30 June 1975 as part of the Cruiser/Frigate realignment. CL 93/CLG 93/CLG 3 Galveston Built by Cramp. Laid down 27 Aug 1943, launched 22 April 1945, suspended 24 June 1946 (nearly complete), laid up, to CLG 93 4 Feb 1956, conversion at Philadelphia Navy started 15 Aug 1956, redesignated CLG 3 and commissioned 28 May 1958, completed 30 June 1958. Not fitted with flag facilities. Was heavily overloaded and experienced hull cracking problems. Decommissioned 25 May 1970, stricken 21 Dec 1973, scrapped. CL 92/CLG 4/CG 4 Little Rock Built by Cramp. Laid down 6 March 1943, launched 27 Aug 1944, commissioned 17 June 1945. Decommissioned 24 June 1949. To CLG 23 May 1957, conversion at NY Shipbuilding started 30 Jan 1957, recommissioned 3 June 1960, completed 5 June 1960. Fitted as a flagship. To CG 30 June 1975. Decommissioned 22 Nov 1976, stricken (date?), preserved. CL 91/CLG 5/CG 5 Oklahoma City Built by Cramp. Laid down 8 Dec 1942, launched 20 Feb 1944, commissioned 22 Dec 1944. Decommissioned 30 June 1947. To CLG 23 May 1957, conversion at Bethlehem San Francisco started 21 May 1957, recommissioned 7 Sept 1960, completed 31 Aug 1960. Fitted as a flagship. To CG 30 June 1975. Decommissioned and stricken 15 Dec 1979. Used as a target hulk; sunk as a target 25 March 1999.

Providence class guided missile light cruisers

Displ: 15,025 tons full load Dim: 608 x 64 x 23.5 ft Prop: Steam turbines, 4 634 psi boilers, 4 shafts, 100,000 hp, 32.5 knots Crew: 1120 Arm: 1 twin Terrier (120 missiles), 1 triple 6/47, 1 dual 5/38 (CLG 8: 2 triple 6/47, 3 dual 5/38) Armor: 3.25-5 inch belt, 2 inch deck, 1.5-6 inch turrets, 6 inch barbettes, 1.5 inch missile magazines See Galveston class for notes. Image shows the flagship version. CL 82/CLG 6/CG 6 Providence Built by Bethlehem Quincy. Laid down 27 July 1943, launched 28 Dec 1944, commissioned 15 May 1945. Decommissioned 14 June 1949. To CLG 23 May 1957, conversion at Bethlehem Quincy started 1 June 1957, recommissioned 17 Sept 1959, completed 31 Dec 1959. Fitted as a flagship. Decommissioned 31 Aug 1973, to CG 30 June 1975, stricken 30 Sept 1978, scrapped. CL 66/CLG 7/CG 7 Springfield Built by Bethlehem Quincy. Laid down 13 Feb 1943, launched 9 March 1944, commissioned 9 Sept 1944. Decommissioned 1950. To CLG 23 May 1957, conversion at Bethlehem Quincy started 1 Aug 1957, moved to Boston Navy 22 March 1960, recommissioned 2 July 1960, completed 7 Aug 1960. Fitted as a flagship. Decommissioned 15 May 1974, to CG 30 June 1975, stricken 30 Sept 1978, scrapped. CL 67/CLG 8 Topeka Built by Bethlehem Quincy. Laid down 21 April 1943, launched 19 Aug 1944, commissioned 23 Dec 1944. Decommissioned 18 June 1949. To CLG 8 23 May 1957, conversion at New York Navy started 19 Aug 1957, recommissioned 26 March 1959, completed 12 June 1960. Not fitted with flag facilities. Decommissioned 5 June 1969, stricken 1 Dec 1973, sold 20 March 1975, scrapped.

Long Beach large guided missile cruiser

Displ: 16,082 tons full load Dim: 721 x 73 x 30 ft Prop: Steam turbines, 2 C1W reactors, 2 shafts, 80,000 hp, 30 knots Crew: 858 Arm: 1 twin Talos (52 missiles), 2 twin Terrier (120 missiles total), 1 ASROC, 2 5/38, 6 12.75 inch TT Armor: none World's first nuclear powered surface warship; only US guided missile cruiser designed and built as such. Originally planned to carry the Regulus II cruise missile amidships, then the Polaris ballistic missile; an ASROC launcher was fitted instead. Commissioned as an all-missile warship, the two 5/38s were added soon after completion. Carried experimental phased-array radars, which were a failure. Did not recieve NTU. CLGN 160/CGN 160/CGN 9 Long Beach Built by Bethlehem Quincy. To CGN 160 6 Dec 1956, laid down 2 Dec 1957, to CGN 9 1 July 1957, launched 14 July 1959, commissioned 9 Sept 1961. Refuelled at Mare Island Navy 1971-1972. Proposed reconstruction with Aegis and all superstructure replaced cancelled 12/76. Talos deactivated 1978, removed 1979. Updated/rebuilt at Puget Sound Navy 6 Oct 1980 to 26 March 1983; superstructure modified and phased-arrays removed. 8 Harpoon missiles and 2 Phalanx CIWS added during the reconstruction; 2 Tomahawk ABLs added 1985. Stripped at Newport News starting 5/94, to In Commission, In Reserve 7 July 1994, stripping complete 1 May 1995. Decommissioned and stricken 1 May 1995. All superstructure, weapons, electronics removed. Hulk towed to Bremerton April-May 1996.

Albany class large guided missile cruisers

Displ: 18,900 tons full load Dim: 674 x 71 x 33.5 ft Prop: Steam turbines, 4 615 psi boilers, 4 shafts, 120,000 hp, 30+ knots Crew: 1272 Arm: 2 twin Talos (104 missiles total), 2 twin Tartar (84 missiles total, 1 ASROC, 2 5/38, 6 12.75 inch TT Armor: 4-6 inch belt, 2.5 inch deck Guided missile conversions of Baltimore and Oregon City class heavy cruisers. All original superstructure and weapons removed and replaced. Talos launchers fore and aft, Tartar launchers beside the forward superstructure. Intended to carry the Regulus II cruise amidships, ASROC was fitted instead. Converted as all-missile warships, the 5/38s (open mounts) were added after completion. The final two conversions cancelled. CA 123/CG 10 Albany Built by Bethlehem Quincy. Laid down 29 May 1944, launched 39 June 1945, commissioned 15 June 1946. To CG 1 Nov 1958, decommissioned for conversion 1 Feb 1959, converted at Boston Navy, recommissioned 11 March 1962. Decommissioned for AAW modernization at Boston Navy 1 Feb 1967, recommissioned 9 Nov 1968, completed 30 June 1969. Refitted at Philadelphia 7/73-5/74, fitted as flagship. Refit for service through 1985 cancelled due to age of Talos system. Decommissioned 29 Aug 1980, stricken 30 June 1985, sold 30 Oct 1990, scrapped. CA 136/CG 11 Chicago Built Philadelphia Navy. Laid down 28 July 1943, launched 20 Aug 1944, commissioned 10 Jan 1945. Decommissioned 6 June 1947, to CG 11 Nov 1958, converted at San Francisco Navy, recommissioned 2 May 1964. AAW modernization cancelled. Refit for service through 1985 cancelled to to age of Talos system. Decommissioned 1 March 1980, stricken 31 Jan 1984, sold 9 Dec 1991, scrapped at San Pedro, CA. CA 74/CG 12 Columbus Built by Bethlehem Quincy. Laid down 28 June 1943, launched 30 Nov 1944, commissioned 8 June 1945. Decommissioned for conversion 8 May 1959, to CG 30 Sept 1959, converted at Puget Sound Navy, recommissioned 1 Dec 1962. AAW modernization cancelled. Decommissioned 31 Jan 1975, stricken 9 Aug 1976, scrapped. CG 13 (none) Would have been converted from Rochester (CA 124) CG 14 (none) Would have been converted from Bremerton (CA 130)

Skipped Number

CG 15 (none) Skipped to allow Leahy class reclassification without renumbering.

Leahy class guided missile cruisers

Displ: 7,800 tons full load Dim: 547 x 55 x 25 ft Prop: Steam turbines, 4 1200 psi boilers, 85,000 hp, 2 shafts, 30+ knots Crew: 395 Arm: 2 twin Terrier (80 missiles total), 1 ASROC, 2 dual 3/50, 6 12.75 inch TT Armor: none Purpose-built double-end guided missile "frigates" (DLG). The entire class was given an AAW upgrade during the late-1960's and early 1970's, Terrier launchers modified to fire Terrier or Standard SM-1ER. Became CGs 30 June 1975 as part of the Cruiser/Frigate realignment. The 3/50s were replaced by 8 Harpoon missiles, the Terrier launchers were upgraded to fire the Standard SM-2ER missile (all complete by 1985), and 2 Phalanx CIWS were added. All were upgraded under the late-1980's NTU program. This included new radars, a new combat system, new fire control systems, and upgraded missiles and missile launchers. The entire class was taken out of service in the early 1990's, stricken and transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal. DLG 16/CG 16 Leahy Built by Bath Iron Works. Laid down 3 Dec 1959, launched 1 July 1961, commissioned 4 Aug 1962. AAW upgrade at Philadalphia Navy 15 Feb 1967 to 4 May 1968. NTU Fy 1987-1988. Decommissioned and stricken 1 Oct 1993, MarAd 8 Oct 1993. DLG 17/CG 17 Harry E. Yarnell Built by Bath Iron Works. Laid down 31 May 1960, launched 9 Dec 1961, commissioned 2 Feb 1963. AAW upgrade at Bath Iron Works 9 Feb 1968 to 12 July 1969. NTU Fy 1987-1988. Decommissioned 20 Oct 1993, stricken 29 Oct 1993, MarAd 15 Feb 1994, sold 14 April 1995 for scrapping at Quonset Point, RI; scrap contract terminated 1 December 1996 (scrapping 10% complete), hulk returned to Philadelphia for storage. DLG 18/CG 18 Worden Built by Bath Iron Works. Laid down 19 Sept 1960, launched 2 June 1962, commissioned 3 Aug 1963. AAW upgrade at Bath Iron Works 10 Nov 1969 to 16 Jan 1971. NTU Fy 1988-1989. Decommissioned and stricken 1 Oct 1993. Sunk as a target 17 July 2000. DLG 19/CG 19 Dale Built by New York SB. Laid down 6 Sept 1960, launched 28 July 1962, commissioned 23 Nov 1962. AAW upgrade at Bath Iron Works 10 Nov 1970 to 11/1971. NTU Fy 1987-1988. Decommissioned and stricken 23 Sept 1994. Sunk as a target 6 April 2000. DLG 20/CG 20 Richmond K. Turner Built by New York SB. Laid down 9 Jan 1961, launched 6 April 1963, commissioned 13 June 1964. AAW upgrade at Bath Iron Works 27 April 1971 to 5/1972. NTU 6/88-7/89. Decommissioned and stricken 31 March 1995. Sunk as a target 9 August 1998. DLG 21/CG 21 Gridley Built by Puget Sound SB&DD.; Laid down 15 July 1960, launched 31 July 1961, commissioned 25 May 1963. AAW upgrade at Bath Iron Works 10 Sept 1968 to 17 Jan 1970. NTU 9 Jan 1989 to ???. Decommissioned and stricken 21 Jan 1994, MarAd 28 Jan 1994. DLG 22/CG 22 England Built by Todd San Pedro. Laid down 4 Oct 1960, launched 6 March 1962, commissioned 7 Dec 1962. AAW upgrade at Bath Iron Works 10 April 1970 to 26 June 1971. NTU at Long Beach Navy 10/86-10/87. Decommissioned and stricken 21 Jan 1994, MarAd 22 Feb 1994. DLG 23/CG 23 Halsey Built by San Francisco Navy. Laid down 26 Aug 1960, launched 15 Jan 1962, commissioned 29 July 1963. AAW upgrade at Bath Iron Works 11/71 to 11/72. NTU 1 May 1989 to ???. Decommissioned and stricken 28 Jan 1994, MarAd 7 March 1994. DLG 24/CG 24 Reeves Built by Puget Sound Navy. Laid down 1 July 1960, launched 12 May 1962, commissioned 15 May 1964. AAW upgrade at Bath Iron Works 10 April 1969 to 29 Aug 1970. NTU (dates?). Decommissioned and stricken 12 Nov 1993.

Bainbridge guided missile cruiser

Displ: 8,590 tons full load Dim: 565 x 58 x 25.5 ft Prop: Steam turbines, 2 D2G reactors, 60,000 hp, 2 shafts, 30+ knots Crew: 418 Arm: 2 twin Terrier (80 missiles total), 1 ASROC, 2 dual 3/50, 6 12.75 inch TT Armor: none Nuclear powered version of the Leahy class, received an AAW upgrade 1974-1977. Became CGN 30 June 1975 as part of the Cruiser/Frigate realignment. The 3/50s were replaced by 8 Harpoon missiles and the Terrier launchers were upgraded to fire the Standard SM-2ER missile. Refitted 1983 to 1985, 2 Phalanx CIWS added, radars and electronics updated under the NTU program. DLGN 25/CGN 25 Bainbridge Built by Bethlehem Quincy. Laid down 15 May 1959, launched 15 April 1961, commissioned 6 Oct 1962. AAW upgrade and refuelling at Puget Sound Navy 30 June 1974 to 24 Sept 1976, completed at San Diego 4/77. 3/50 removed and replaced by two 20mm 1978-1979; 20 mm replaced by 8 Harpoon 1979. Major overhaul, NTU and refuelling at Puget Sound Navy 10/83 to 4/85, CIWS added. Originally planned for decommissioning in 1994 and retention in reserve. Stripped at Norfolk Navy starting May 1995, deactivated 1 Aug 1995, to In Commission, In Reserve 6 Oct 1995. Decommissioned and stricken 13 Sept 1996, stripping completed by 6/1997, towed to Bremerton 31 July 1997-9/1997; to be scrapped.

Belknap class guided missile cruisers

Displ: 7,940 tons full load Dim: 547 x 55 x 29 ft Prop: Steam turbines, 4 1200 psi boilers, 85,000 hp, 2 shafts, 30+ knots Crew: 418 Arm: 1 twin Terrier (60 missiles), 1 5/54, 2 dual 3/50, 2 21 inch TT, 6 12.75 inch TT, 1 helicopter Armor: none Purpose-built singe-end guided missile "frigates" (DLG); modified Leahy design. Became CGs 30 June 1975 as part of the Cruiser/Frigate realignment. The 3/50s were replaced by 8 Harpoon missiles, the 21 inch TT were removed, the Terrier launchers were upgraded to fire the Standard SM-2ER missile, and 2 Phalanx CIWS were added. All were upgraded under the late-1980's/early 1990's NTU program (see Leahy class for details). Belknap had been extensively modified as a cruiser- flagship, she did not recieve NTU. Some ships fitted with Tactical Flag Command Center (TFCC). The entire class was taken out of service in the early 1990's, stricken and transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal. DLG 26/CG 26 Belknap Built by Bath Iron Works. Laid down 5 Feb 1962, launched 20 July 1963, commissioned 7 Nov 1964. Severely damaged in collision with CV 67 22 Nov 1975, reconstructed at Philadelphia Navy 30 Jan 1976 to 10 May 1980. Reconstruction included removal of the 3/50, addition of 8 Harpoons, new sonar, radars, ECM and electronicsl officially considered a separate class. Converted to flagship at Norfolk Navy 5/85 to 2/86; helicopter hangar converted to berthing, landing area enlarged, additional superstructure built forward and amidships. TFCC fitted. Decommissioned and stricken 15 Feb 1995, sunk as a target 24 September 1998. DLG 27/CG 27 Josephus Daniels Built by Bath Iron Works. Laid down 23 April 1962, launched 2 Dec 1963, commissioned 8 May 1965. NTU 1991-1992. Decommissioned and stricken 22 Jan 1994, sold for scrapping 10 February 1999. DLG 28/CG 28 Wainwright Built by Bath Iron Works. Laid down 2 July 1962, launched 25 April 1964, commissioned 8 Jan 1966. TFCC fitted 1983-1985. NTU 1991. Decommissioned and stricken 10 Nov 1993, sold for scrapping 10 February 1999. DLG 29/CG 29 Jouett Built by Puget Sound Navy. Laid down 25 Sept 1962, launched 30 June 1964, commissioned 3 Dec 1966. NTU complete 1989. Decommissioned and stricken 28 Jan 1994, MarAd 30 March 1994. DLG 30/CG 30 Horne Built by San Francisco Navy. Laid down 12 Dec 1962, launched 30 Oct 1964, commissioned 15 April 1967. TFCC fitted 1983-1985. NTU 9/88 to ???. Decommissioned and stricken 4 Feb 1994, MarAd 17 March 1994. DLG 31/CG 31 Sterett Built by Puget Sound Navy. Laid down 25 Sept 1962, launched 30 June 1964, commissioned 8 April 1967. TFCC fitted 1983-1985. NTU 8 July 1989 to 8/92. Decommissioned and stricken 24 March 1994, to MarAd 12 May 1994. May be preserved. DLG 32/CG 32 William H. Standley Built by Bath Iron Works. Laid down 29 July 1963, launched 19 Dec 1964, commissioned 9 July 1966. NTU completed 13 Aug 1991. Decommissioned and stricken 11 Feb 1994, MarAd 31 March 1994. DLG 33/CG 33 Fox Built by Todd San Pedro. Laid down 15 Jan 1963, launched 21 Nov 1964, commissioned 28 May 1966. NTU 9/89 to 9/90. Decommissioned and stricken 15 April 1994, MarAd 31 May 1994. DLG 34/CG 34 Biddle Built by Bath Iron Works. Laid down 9 Dec 1963, launched 2 July 1965, commissioned 21 Jan 1967. NTU complete 7/87. Decommissioned and stricken 30 Nov 1993, MarAd 21 April 1994, sold 14 April 1995 for scrapping at Quonset Point, RI; scrap contract terminated 1 December 1996 (5% scrapped), hulk returned to Philadelphia for storage.

Truxtun guided missile cruiser

Displ: 9,000 tons full load Dim: 564 x 58 x 31 ft Prop: Steam turbines, 2 D2G reactors, 60,000 hp, 2 shafts, 30+ knots Crew: 528 Arm: 1 twin Terrier (60 missiles), 1 5/54, 2 dual 3/50, 2 21 inch TT, 6 12.75 inch TT, 1 helicopter Armor: none Nuclear powered version of the Belknap class. Became CGN 30 June 1975 as part of the Cruiser/Frigate realignment. The 3/50s were replaced by 8 Harpoon missiles, the 21 inch TT were removed, the Terrier launchers were upgraded to fire the Standard SM-2ER missile, and 2 Phalanx CIWS were added. Did not receive NTU. DLGN 35/CGN 35 Truxtun Built by New York SB. Laid down 17 June 1963, launched 19 Dec 1964, commissioned 27 May 1967. 3/50 replaced by 8 Harpoon 1980. Overhauled & refuelled at Puget Sound 4 Oct 1982 to 20 April 84, two CIWS fitted, new electronics and EW. Planned decommissioning in 1992 delayed. To In Commission, In Reserve 10 Oct 1994, stripped at Puget Sound Navy starting 3/95, decommissioned and stricken 11 Sept 1995, scrapping at Puget Sound Navy completed 16 April 1999.

California class guided missile cruisers

Displ: 10,150 tons full load Dim: 596 x 61 x 29.5 ft Prop: Steam turbines, 2 D2G reactors, 60,000 hp, 2 shafts, 30+ knots Crew: ~640 Arm: 2 single Tartar (80 missiles total), 1 ASROC, 2 5/54, 4 12.75 inch TT Armor: none Prototypes for mass-production nuclear powered escorts. Became CGNs 30 June 1975 as part of the Cruiser/Frigate realignment. Tartar launchers upgraded to fire Standard SM-2MR, 8 Harpoon missiles added, 2 Phalanx CIWS added, ASROC removed. Both were refuelled and received NTU, but were decommissioned in 1998 due to their high operating costs. DLGN 36/CGN 36 California Built by Newport News. Laid down 23 Jan 1970, launched 22 Sept 1971, commissioned 16 Feb 1974. Refuelled at Bremerton 1992-93. Deactivated 28 August 1998, to In Commission, In Reserve 1 October 1998, stripped at Puget Sound Navy, decommissioned and stricken 9 July 1999. To be scrapped. DLGN 37/CGN 37 South Carolina Built by Newport News. Laid down 1 Dec 1970, launched 1 July 1972, commissioned 25 Jan 1975. Refuelled at Norfolk Navy 1992-1993. Deactivated 4 September 1998, to In Commission, In Resserve 1 October 1998, stripped at Norfolk Navy, decommissioned and stricken 30 July 1999. To be scrapped.

Virginia class guided missile cruisers

Displ: 10,000 tons full load Dim: 585 x 61 x 29.5 ft Prop: Steam turbines, 2 D2G reactors, 60,000 hp, 2 shafts, 30+ knots Crew: ~570-630 Arm: 2 twin Standard SM-1MR (68 missiles total), 2 5/54, 6 12.75 inch TT, 1 helo Armor: none Modified California design, class was intended for mass production. Became CGNs 30 June 1975 as part of the Cruiser/Frigate realignment. Construction was cancelled in favor of the CSGN, which was later cancelled. Proposal to complete Arkansas with Aegis and/or backfit the class with Aegis was cancelled. Standard SM-1MR launchers upgraded to fire Standard SM-2MR, 8 Harpoon missiles added, 2 Tomahawk ABLs added, 2 Phalanx CIWS added, helicopter facility removed. Most updated in the late 1980's, but did not receive NTU. Class was decommissioned instead of receiving midlife overhauls (RCOHs had been scheduled but were cancelled). DLGN 38/CGN 38 Virginia Built by Newport News. Laid down 19 Aug 1972, launched 14 Dec 1974, commissioned 11 Sept 1976. To In Commission, In Reserve 26 Feb 1994, stripped at Norfolk Navy starting 3/94, decommissioned and stricken upon completion of stripping 10 Nov 1994. Towed to Puget Sound Navy for temporary layup pending scrapping 6-7/95. DLGN 39/CGN 39 Texas Built by Newport News. Laid down 18 Aug 1973, launched 9 Aug 1975, commissioned 10 Sept 1977. Started overhaul at Puget Sound Navy 4/92, overhaul cancelled and stripped instead, to In Commission, In Reserve 31 May 1993, decommissioned and stricken 16 July 1993, to be scrapped. DLGN 40/CGN 40 Mississippi Built by Newport News. Laid down 22 Feb 1975, launched 31 July 1976, commissioned 5 Aug 1978. Deactivated 6 Sept 1996, decommissioned and stricken 28 July 1997. Hulk stored at Puget Sound Navy Yard pending scrapping. CGN 41 Arkansas Built by Newport News. Laid down 17 Jan 1977, launched 21 Oct 1978, commissioned 18 Oct 1980. Deactivated 18 October 1997 for stripping and scrapping at Bremerton. Scrapping started 1 November 1997, scrapping completed, decommissioned and stricken 7 July 1998. CGN 42 (none) Long-lead components funded 1975; construction funding refused, cancelled.

Skipped Numbers

CG 43 (none) Skipped to allow Ticonderoga class reclassification without CG 44 (none) renumbering; these numbers should have been used for the CG 45 (none) Kidd class DDGs. CG 46 (none)

Ticonderoga class guided missile cruisers

Displ: ~9,500 to 10,000 tons full load Dim: 567 x 55 x 31.5 ft Prop: 4 LM2500 Gas Turbines, 80,000 hp, 2 shafts, 30+ knots Crew: ~385 Arm: 2 VLS (122 cells), 8 Harpoon, 2 5/54, 2 Phalanx CIWS, 6 12.75 inch TT, 2 helicopters (CG 47-51: 2 twin Standard SM-2MR, 88 missiles total) Armor: none Aegis versions of Spruance class design, originally planned as DDGs but changed to CGs 1 Jan 1980. Early ships have conventional twin-arm missile launchers, later ships have VLS. CG 47-58 have SPY-1A phased array radars (updated to "AB" configuration), CG 59-73 have SPY-1B. They suffer from overweight/topweight problems, hull cracking problems and are quite crowded. Cracking problem is being repaired during overhauls, and ships are receiving a general update. The first 5 ships have been downgraded to destroyer status and assigned to lesser duties. DDG 47/CG 47 Ticonderoga Built by Litton/Ingalls. To CG 1 Jan 1980, laid down 21 Jan 1980, launched 25 April 1981, commissioned 22 Jan 1983. DDG 47/CG 48 Yorktown Built by Litton/Ingalls. To CG 1 Jan 1980, laid down (ceremonial, at Yorktown, VA) 19 Oct 1981, actual keel laying 12/81, launched 17 Jan 1983, commissioned 4 July 1984. DDG 47/CG 49 Vincennes Built by Litton/Ingalls. To CG 1 Jan 1980, laid down 20 Oct 1982, launched 14 Jan 1984, commissioned 6 July 1985. DDG 47/CG 50 Valley Forge Built by Litton/Ingalls. To CG 1 Jan 1980, laid down 14 April 1983, launched 23 June 1984, commissioned 11 Jan 1986. CG 51 Thomas S. Gates Built by Bath Iron Works. Laid down 31 Aug 1984, launched 14 Dec 1985, commissioned 22 Aug 1987. Hull is bent/warped. Overhaul at Norfolk Navy complete 15 Dec 1995. CG 52 Bunker Hill Built by Litton/Ingalls. Laid down 11 Jan 1984, launched 11 March 1985, commissioned 20 Sept 1986. CG 53 Mobile Bay Built by Litton/Ingalls. Laid down 5 June 1984, launched 22 Aug 1985, commissioned 21 Feb 1987. CG 54 Antietam Built by Litton/Ingalls. Laid down 15 Nov 1984, launched 14 Feb 1986, commissioned 6 June 1987. CG 55 Leyte Gulf Built by Litton/Ingalls. Laid down 18 March 1985, launched 20 June 1986, commissioned 26 Sept 1987. Limited overhaul at General Ship, Boston, 2/92 to 4/92. CG 56 San Jacinto Built by Litton/Ingalls. Laid down 24 July 1985, launched 14 Nov 1986, commissioned 23 Jan 1988. CG 57 Lake Champlain Built by Litton/Ingalls. Laid down 3 March 1986, launched 3 April 1987, commissioned 12 Aug 1988. CG 58 Philippine Sea Built by Bath Iron Works. Laid down 8 May 1986, launched 12 July 1987, commissioned 18 March 1989. CG 59 Princeton Built by Litton/Ingalls. Laid down 15 Oct 1986, launched 25 Sept 1987, commissioned 11 Feb 1989. Mined 18 Feb 1991, repaired in 5 weeks. CG 60 Normandy Built by Bath Iron Works. Laid down 7 April 1987, launched 19 March 1988, commissioned 9 Dec 1989. CG 61 Monterey Built by Bath Iron Works, Laid down 19 Aug 1987, launched 23 Oct 1988, commissioned 16 June 1990. 11 Month overhaul at Newport News started 19 June 1996. CG 62 Chancellorsville Built by Litton/Ingalls. Laid down 24 June 1987, launched 15 July 1988, commissioned 4 Nov 1989. CG 63 Cowpens Built by Bath Iron Works. Laid down 23 Dec 1987, launched 11 March 1989, commissioned 9 March 1991. CG 64 Gettysburg Built by Bath Iron Works. Laid down 17 Aug 1988, launched 22 July 1989, commissioned 22 June 1991. CG 65 Chosin (ex Hue City) Built by Litton/Ingalls. Laid down 22 July 1988, launched 1 Sept 1989, commissioned 12 Jan 1991. CG 66 Hue City (ex Chosin) Built by Litton/Ingalls. Laid down 20 Feb 1988, launched 1 June 1990, commissioned 14 Sept 1991. CG 67 Shiloh Built by Bath Iron Works. Laid down 1 Aug 1989, launched 8 Sept 1990, commissioned 18 July 1992. CG 68 Anzio Built by Litton/Ingalls. Laid down 21 Aug 1989, launched 2 Nov 1990, commissioned 2 May 1992. CG 69 Vicksburg (ex Port Royal) Built by Litton/Ingalls. Laid down 30 May 1990, launched 2 Aug 1991, commissioned 14 Nov 1992. CG 70 Lake Erie Built by Bath Iron Works. Laid down 6 March 1990, launched 13 July 1991, commissioned 24 July 1993. CG 71 Cape St. George Built by Litton/Ingalls. Laid down 19 Nov 1990, launched 10 Jan 1992, commissioned 12 June 1993. CG 72 Vella Gulf Built by Litton/Ingalls. Laid down 15 April 1991, launched 13 June 1992, commissioned 29 Aug 1993. CG 73 Port Royal Built by Litton/Ingalls. Laid down 30 Sept 1991, launched 20 Nov 1992, commissioned 9 July 1994.

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