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Guided-Missile Cruiser (Nuclear Powered) Virginia class

Fifth and last generation of nuclear powered cruisers, the class was early retired as a result of the cold war end but mainly as a money-saving measure due they were less cost-efficient than conventionally-powered warships. During their 1980s refit they replaced their LAMPS helicopters by Tomahawk cruise missiles. CGN-42 was canceled before being named or laid down


11600full load (tn)
179length (m)
19beam (m)
10draught (m)
30max speed (knots)

2Naval Engine nuclear - pressurised water reactor

2Missile Launcher Mk 141 quad Harpoon
2Missile Launcher Mk 26

2Naval Gun Mark 45 5/54 inch (127mm)

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19761994USUS NavyCGN-38USS Virginia
19771993USUS NavyCGN-39USS Texas NTEX
19781997USUS NavyCGN-40USS MississippiNGGD
19801998USUS NavyCGN-41USS Arkansas NARK

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1971-dec-21OrderedOrdered US CGN-38 USS Virginia as DLGN-38
1971-dec-21OrderedOrdered US CGN-39 USS Texas as DLGN-39
1972-jan-21OrderedOrdered US CGN-40 USS Mississippi as DLGN-40
1972-aug-19Laid downLaid down US CGN-38 USS Virginia
1973-aug-18Laid downLaid down US CGN-39 USS Texas
1974-dec-14LaunchedLaunched US CGN-38 USS Virginia
1975-jan-31OrderedOrdered US CGN-41 USS Arkansas
1975-feb-22Laid downLaid down US CGN-40 USS Mississippi
1975-aug-09LaunchedLaunched US CGN-39 USS Texas
1976-jul-31LaunchedLaunched US CGN-40 USS Mississippi
1976-sep-11CommissionedCommissioned US CGN-38 USS Virginia as CGN-38
1977-jan-17Laid downLaid down US CGN-41 USS Arkansas
1977-sep-10CommissionedCommissioned US CGN-39 USS Texas as CGN-39
1978-aug-05CommissionedCommissioned US CGN-40 USS Mississippi as CGN-40
1978-oct-21LaunchedLaunched US CGN-41 USS Arkansas
1980 US CGN-39 USS Texas with a Sea King flying by
1980-oct-18CommissionedCommissioned US CGN-41 USS Arkansas
1993-jul-16DecommissionedDecommissioned US CGN-39 USS Texas
1994-nov-10DecommissionedDecommissioned US CGN-38 USS Virginia
1997-jul-28DecommissionedDecommissioned US CGN-40 USS Mississippi
1998-jul-07DecommissionedDecommissioned US CGN-41 USS Arkansas
1999-nov-01Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped US CGN-41 USS Arkansas nuclear vessels recycling program
2001-oct-30Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped US CGN-39 USS Texas nuclear vessels recycling program
2002-oct-10Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped US CGN-38 USS Virginia nuclear vessels recycling program
2004-octFate: scrappedFate: scrapped US CGN-40 USS Mississippi nuclear vessels recycling program

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