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

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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

6 units


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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
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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