CLASSES & SPECIFICATIONS
of
U.S. NAVY
GUIDED MISSILE CRUISERS


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Cruiser Conversions


In 1952, the U.S. Navy began a program to convert numerous light and heavy cruisers to carry anti-aircraft guided missiles. It also began a new cruiser hull number series for this new type of warship.

In January 1952 conversion began on BOSTON (CA-69) and CANBERRA (CA-70), both Baltimore Class heavy cruisers. In that both ships retained some of their original eight-inch guns they were redesignated guided missile heavy cruisers CAG-1 and CAG-2 respectively. These two ships were designated as Boston Class cruisers.

In 1957, six light cruisers were similarly redesignated as CLG-3 through CLG-8, though the first of these (USS GALVESTON) briefly retained her original number (as CLG-93). All six cruisers were converted from mothballed Cleveland Class cruisers. In this conversion GALVESTON (CL-93) became CLG-3, LITTLE ROCK CL 92 became CLG 4, and OKLAHOMA CITY (CL-91) became CLG-5. Ships in this group were designated Galveston Class cruisers. PROVIDENCE (CL-83) became CLG-6,  SPRINGFIELD (CL-66) became CLG-7, and TOPEKA (CL-67) became CLG-8. These three ships comprised the Providence Class.

The new nuclear guided missile ship LONG BEACH was originally designated CLGN-160, then CGN-160. She received her definitive designation (CGN-9) in mid-1957. She was the sole ship in the Long Beach Class

The next three heavy cruiser conversions, ALBANY (CA-123), CHICAGO (CA-136), and COLUMBUS (CA-74), retained none of their original guns and became CG-10 through CG-12, the Albany Class.

Two more planned conversions, CG-13 and CG-14, (ROCHESTER CA-124 and BREMERTON CA-130 ) were canceled.

In 1975 all Navy guided missile frigates (DLG's) were reclassified as either guided missile destroyers (DDG), or as guided missile cruisers (CG). The CG's still under construction retained their original DLG series numbers, becoming CG-16 through CGN-41. (Note: Hull number CG-15 was skipped.)

A short time later, construction of additional un-named nuclear-powered guided missile cruisers was stopped, resulting in cancellation of the planned CGN-42.

In 1980 the new DDG-47 class guided missile destroyers were upgraded to guided missile cruisers, but retained their original numbers to become the CG 47 Ticonderoga Class. This reclassification also required skipping the intervening CG series numbers (CG 43 through CG 46). Subsequently, more than two dozen new CGs have been built and are still in service.

Reclassification Summary:

BOSTON CLASS
CAG-1
USS BOSTON (ex CA-69)
CAG-2
USS CANBERRA (ex CA-70)
GALVESTON CLASS
CLG-3
USS GALVESTON (ex-CL-93)
CLG 4
USS Little Rock (ex-CL 92)
CLG-5
USS OKLAHOMA CITY (ex-CL-91)
PROVIDENCE CLASS
CLG-6
USS PROVIDENCE (ex-CL-83)
CLG-7
USS SPRINGFIELD (ex-CL-66)
CLG-8
USS TOPEKA (ex-CL-67)
LONG BEACH CLASS
CGN-9
USS LONG BEACH (New ship)
ALBANY CLASS
CG-10
USS ALBANY (ex-CA-123)
CG-11
USS CHICAGO (ex-CA-136)
CG-12
USS COLUMBUS (ex-CA-74)
CANCELED
CG-13
USS ROCHESTER CA-124
CG-14
USS BREMERTON CA-130
CG-15
SKIPPED NUMBER (UN-NAMED)
  CG-16 thru CG-24
LEAHY CLASS
  CGN-25
BAINBRIDGE CLASS
  CG-26 thru CG-34
BELNAP CLASS
CGN-35
TRUXTUN CLASS
CGN-36 and CGN-37
CALIFORNIA CLASS
CGN-38 thru CGN-41
VIRGINIA CLASS
CGN-42
CANCELLED (UN-NAMED)
CG 43 thru CG 46
SKIPPED NUMBERS
CG 47 thru CG-73
TICONDEROGA CLASS


 



U.S. Navy
Guided Missile Cruiser Specifications
by
Class

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BOSTON CLASS

Specifications

Lead Ship: Boston (CAG-1)
Number of Ships: 2
Displacement: 13,600 tons
Length: 673 ft 3 in (205.2 m)
Beam: 71 ft 10 in (21.9 m)
Draft: 26 ft 10 in (8.2 m)
Speed: 33 knots (60 km/h)
Propulsion: 4 ea. 615 psi boilers
                   4 ea. steam turbines
4 shafts
   Performance: 120,000 shp
Complement: 1,142 officers and enlisted

    Armament:

6 x 8 in guns
10 x 5 in guns
12 x 3 in guns
2 x twin-rail Terrier SAM launchers

Ships in Class:

Ship
  Keel Laid Launch Com Decom
Boston (CAG-1)   Jun 41   Aug 42   Nov 55   May 70
Canberra (CAG-2)   Sep 41   Apr 43   Jun 56   Feb 70

GALVESTON CLASS

Specifications


Displacement: 15,205 tons
Length: 610 ft (185.9 m)
Beam: 66 ft (20.1 m)
Draft : 25 ft (7.6 m)
Speed: 32.5 knots (60 km/h)
Propulsion: 4 - 634 psi boilers
                4 steam turbines
   4 shafts
Performance: 100,000 shp
Complement: 1,395 officers and enlisted

Armament:

Galveston CLG-3 (non-flagship):

6 x 6 inch guns
6 x 5 inch guns
1 x twin-rail Talos SAM launcher

Little Rock CLG 4 & Oklahoma City CLG-5 (flagships):

3 x 6 in guns
2 x 5 in guns
1 x twin-rail Talos SAM launcher

Ships in Class:

Ship
Keel Laid Launch
Com Decom
Galveston (CLG-3)   Aug 43   Apr 45   May 58   May 70
Little Rock CLG 4   Mar 43   Aug 44   Jun 60   May 76
Oklahoma City (CLG-5)   Dec 42   Feb 44   Sep 60   Dec 79


PROVIDENCE CLASS

Specifications

Displacement: 15,025 tons
Length: 608 ft (185.3 m)
Beam: 64 ft (19.5 m)
Draft: 23 ft 6 in (7.1 m)
Speed: 32.5 knots
Propulsion: 4 634 psi boilers
4 steam turbines
4 shafts
Performance: 100,000 shp
Complement: 1,120 officers and enlisted

Armament:

Providence and Springfield (fleet flagships)
3 x 6 inch guns
2 x 5 inch guns
1 x twin-rail Terrier SAM launcher

Topeka (non-flagship)
6 x 6 inch guns
6  x 5 inch guns
1 x twin-rail Terrier SAM launcher

Ships in Class:

Ship
  Keel Laid Launch Com Decom
Providence (CLG-6)   Jul 43   Dec 44   Sep 59   Aug 73
Springfield (CLG-7)   Feb 43   Mar 44   Jul 60   May 74
Topeka (CLG-8)   Apr 43   Aug 44   Mar 59   Jun 69

LONG BEACH CLASS

Specifications

Displacement: 15,025 tons
Length: 721 ft  (219.8 m)
Beam: 73 ft 3 in (22.3 m)
Draft: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Speed: 32.5 knots (60 km/h)
Propulsion: 2 C1W Westinghouse nuclear reactors
2 screws
Performance: 80,000 SHP
Complement: 1,100 officers and enlisted

Armament:

1 x twin-rail Talos SAM launcher
2 x twin-rail Terrier SAM launcher
2 x 5 in guns,
6 ASROCs

Ship
  Keel laid Launch Com Decom
USS Long Beach (CGN-9) Dec 57   Jul 59   Sep 61   May 95

ALBANY CLASS

Specifications

Displacement: 17,500 tons
Length: 675 ft
Beam: 71 ft
Draft: 30 ft
Speed: 32 knots

Propulsion

4 Babcock and Wilcox boilers
4 General Electric geared turbines
4 shafts
120,000 total shaft horsepower
Complement: 1,100 officers and enlisted

Armament:

2 x twin-rail Talos SAM launchers (104 missiles)
2 x twin-rail Tartar SAM launchers (84 missiles)
2 x 5”/38 guns (2 1-gun open mounts)
2 x triple Mk-32 torpedo tubes
1 x 8-tube ASROC Launcher


Ships in Class:

Ship
  Keel laid Launch Com Decom
USS Albany (CG-10)
Mar 44
Jun 45
Nov 62
Nov 68
Mar 67
Aug 80
USS Chicago (CG-11)
Jun 43
Aug 44
May 64
Mar 80
USS Columbus (CG-12)
Jun 43
Nov 44
Dec 62
Jan 75


 LEAHY CLASS

Specifications

Displacement 5,600 Tons
Dimensions, 533' (oa) x 53' 6" x 25' 3" (Max)

Armament

2 Terrier 2x2, (80 Missiles)
4 x 3"/50
ASROC (8 Missiles)
6 x 12.75" TT.
Machinery, 85,000 SHP
Geared Turbines
2 screws
Speed: 34 Knots
Crew 377

Ships in Class:

USS Leahy (CG-16)
USS Harry E. Yarnell (CG-17)
USS Worden (CG-18)
USS Dale (CG-19)
USS Richmond K. Turner (CG-20)
USS Gridley (CG-21)
USS England (CG-22)
USS Halsey (CG-23)
USS Reeves (CG-24)

 
BAINBRIDGE CLASS


Specifications

Displacement 7,800 Tons
Dimensions, 565' (oa) x 57' 8" x 29' (Max)
Machinery, 60,000 SHP
2 G.E. Reactors (D2G)
Geared Turbines
2 screws
Speed: 30+ Knots
Crew 475

Armament

2 Terrier SAM, (80 Missiles)
2 x 3"/50
ASROC (8 Missiles)
6 x1 2.75" TT.

Ship in Class:

USS Bainbridge (CGN-25)

 
BELNAP CLASS


Specifications

Displacement 5,340 Tons
Dimensions, 547' (oa) x 54' 10" x 29' (Max)
Machinery, 85,000 SHP
Geared Turbines
2 screws
Speed: 34 Knots
Crew 400.

Armament

1 Terrier/ASROC (60 Missiles)
1 x 5"/54 RF
2 x 3"/50
6 x12.75" TT.

Ships in Class:

USS Belknap (CG-26)
USS Josephus Daniels (CG-27)
USS Wainwright (CG-28)
USS Jouett (CG-29)
USS Horne (CG-30)
USS Sterett (CG-31)
USS William H. Standley (CG-32)
USS Fox (CG-33)
USS Biddle (CG-34)


TRUXTUN CLASS


Specifications

Displacement 8,200 Tons
Dimensions, 564' (oa) x 58' x 31' (Max)
Machinery, 60,000 SHP
2 G.E. Reactors (D2G)
Geared Turbines
2 screws
Speed: 30+ Knots
Crew 475

Armament

    1 Terrier/ASROC, SAM/ASW (60 Missiles)
1 x 5"/54 RF
2 x 3"/50
6 x 12.75" TT.

Ship in Class:

USS Truxton (CGN-35)


CALIFORNIA CLASS


Specifications

Displacement 9,561 Tons
Dimensions, 596' (oa) x 61' x 31' 6" (Max)
Machinery, 60,000 SHP
2 G.E. Reactors (D2G)
Geared Turbines
2 screws
Speed: 30+ Knots
Crew 540

Armament

2 Standard SAM 1x2, (80 Missiles)
2 x 5"/54 RF
ASROC (24 Missiles)
4 x 12.75" TT.

Ships in Class:

USS California (CGN-36)
USS South Carolina (CGN-37)


VIRGINIA CLASS


Specifications

Displacement 11,000 Tons
Dimensions, 585' (oa) x 63' x 31' (Max)
Machinery: 60,000 SHP
2 G.E. Reactors (D2G)
Geared Turbines,
2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots,
Crew 500.

Armament

2 Standard SAM/ASW (66 Missiles)
2 x 5"/54 RF,
6 x12.75" TT.

Ships in Class:

USS Virginia (ex-DLGN-38 / CGN-38)
USS Texas (ex-DLGN-39 / CGN-39)
USS Mississippi (ex-DLGN-40 / CGN-40)
USS Arkansas (CGN-41)


TICONDEROGA CLASS


Specifications

Displacement 9,589  Tons
Dimensions, 565' 10" (oa) x 55' x 31' 6" (Max)
Machinery, 80,000 SHP
G.E. Gas Turbines
2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots
Crew 370.

Armament

2 x 5"/54 RF
2 Twin Missile Launchers (88 Missiles)
8 Harpoon SSM 4x2,
2 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
2 x 25mm Bushmaster mg.
6 x12.75" TT.
2 LAMPS Helos.


Ships in Class:
Laid up:

USS Ticonderoga (CG 47)
USS Yorktown (CG 48)
USS Vincennes (CG 49)
USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51)
Out of service

USS Valley Forge (CG-50)
Sunk as a target 02 Nov 06



TICONDEROGA - FLIGHT II
BUNKER HILL CLASS



Specifications

Displacement 9,589 Tons
Dimensions: 565' 10" (oa) x 55' x 31' 6" (Max)
Machinery: 80,000 SHP
G.E. Gas Turbines
2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots
Crew 370

Armament

2 x 5"/54 RF
 2 x VLS, (122 Missiles)
2 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
2 x 25mm Bushmaster mg.
6 x12.75" TT.
2 LAMPS Helos


Ships in Class:
USS Bunker Hill (CG-52)
USS Mobile Bay (CG-53)
USS Antietam (CG-54)
USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55)
USS San Jacinto (CG-56)
USS Lake Champlain (CG-57)
USS Philippine Sea (CG-58)
USS Princeton (CG-59)
USS Normandy (CG-60)
USS Monterey (CG-61)
USS Chancellorsville (CG-62)
USS Cowpens (CG-63)
USS Gettysburg (CG-64)
USS Chosin (CG-65)
USS Hué City (CG-66)
USS Shiloh (CG-67)
USS Anzio (CG-68)
USS Vicksburg (CG-69)
USS Lake Erie (CG-70)
USS Cape St. George (CG-71)
USS Vella Gulf (CG-72)
USS Port Royal (CG-73)





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