US California class

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Guided-Missile Cruiser (Nuclear Powered)


Guided-Missile Cruiser (Nuclear Powered) California class

The fourth generation of nuclear powered cruisers have 2 single-arm Mk13 launchers but only an helicopter deck without hangar.

Derivatives / Succeeded by
1976 US Virginia class


10800full load (tn)
179length (m)
19beam (m)
9.60draught (m)
30max speed (knots)

2Naval Engine nuclear - pressurised water reactor

2Missile Launcher Mk 13
2Missile Launcher Mk 141 quad Harpoon

2Naval Gun Mark 45 5/54 inch (127mm)
1Torpedo Launchers Mk 16 8-cell ASROC

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Typical Max
Landing platform only. No hangar


US Newport News Shipbuilding - 2

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19741999USUS NavyCGN-36USS CaliforniaNKIN
19751999USUS NavyCGN-37USS South CarolinaNLVQ
19761994USUS NavyCGN-38Virginia class USS Virginia
19771993USUS NavyCGN-39Virginia class USS Texas NTEX
19781997USUS NavyCGN-40Virginia class USS MississippiNGGD
19801998USUS NavyCGN-41Virginia class USS Arkansas NARK

6 units


1968-jun-13OrderedOrdered US CGN-36 USS California
1968-jun-13OrderedOrdered US CGN-37 USS South Carolina
1970-jan-23Laid downLaid down US CGN-36 USS California
1970-dec-01Laid downLaid down US CGN-37 USS South Carolina
1971-sep-22LaunchedLaunched US CGN-36 USS California
1972-jul-01LaunchedLaunched US CGN-37 USS South Carolina
1974-feb-16CommissionedCommissioned US CGN-36 USS California as DLGN-36
1975-jan-25CommissionedCommissioned US CGN-37 USS South Carolina as DLGN-37
1975-jun-30 US CGN-36 USS California reclassified as CGN-36
1975-jun-30 US CGN-37 USS South Carolina reclassified as CGN-37
1975-aug-19DeploymentDeployment US CGN-37 USS South Carolina departed Norfolk VA, for 1 month N Atlantic deployment, as escort to USS Nimitz until 15 Sep.
1977-jun-25DeploymentDeployment US CGN-36 USS California Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review off Peel Bank
1996DeploymentDeployment US CGN-37 USS South Carolina IFOR (implementation force)
1999-jul-09DecommissionedDecommissioned US CGN-36 USS California
1999-jul-30DecommissionedDecommissioned US CGN-37 USS South Carolina
2000-marFate: scrappedFate: scrapped US CGN-37 USS South Carolina nuclear vessels recycling program
2000-may-12Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped US CGN-36 USS California nuclear vessels recycling program
2014-sep-18 US CGN-37 USS South Carolina Reunion all hands in Virginia Beach contact Paul LaFond on facebook.

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