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  • 1974    

    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
    US Virginia class 1976


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    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

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    US Newport News Shipbuilding - 2

    List of Ships

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    USUS NavyCGN-36USS CaliforniaNKIN19741999
    USUS NavyCGN-37USS South CarolinaNLVQ19751999
    USUS NavyCGN-38Virginia class USS Virginia19761994
    USUS NavyCGN-39Virginia class USS TexasNTEX19771993
    USUS NavyCGN-40Virginia class USS MississippiNGGD19781997
    USUS NavyCGN-41Virginia class USS ArkansasNARK19801998

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    1968-jun-13OrderedUS CGN-36 USS California
    1968-jun-13OrderedUS CGN-37 USS South Carolina
    1970-jan-23Laid downUS CGN-36 USS California
    1970-dec-1Laid downUS CGN-37 USS South Carolina
    1971-sep-22LaunchedUS CGN-36 USS California
    1972-jul-1LaunchedUS CGN-37 USS South Carolina
    1974-feb-16CommissionedUS CGN-36 USS California as DLGN-36
    1975-jan-25CommissionedUS CGN-37 USS South Carolina as DLGN-37
    1975-jun-30US CGN-36 USS California reclassified as CGN-36
    1975-jun-30US CGN-37 USS South Carolina reclassified as CGN-37
    1975-aug-19DeploymentUS CGN-37 USS South Carolina departed Norfolk VA, for 1 month N Atlantic deployment, as escort to USS Nimitz until 15 Sep.
    1977-jun-25DeploymentUS CGN-36 USS California Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review off Peel Bank
    1996DeploymentUS CGN-37 USS South Carolina IFOR (implementation force)
    1999-jul-9DecommissionedUS CGN-36 USS California
    1999-jul-30DecommissionedUS CGN-37 USS South Carolina
    2000-marFate: scrappedUS CGN-37 USS South Carolina nuclear vessels recycling program
    2000-may-12Fate: scrappedUS CGN-36 USS California nuclear vessels recycling program
    2014-sep-18US CGN-37 USS South Carolina Reunion all hands in Virginia Beach contact Paul LaFond on facebook.

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