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  • 1976    

    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


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    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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        Typical Max
    US United States Naval Aviation Kaman Seasprite 02

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    US Newport News Shipbuilding - 4

    List of Ships

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    USUS NavyCGN-38USS Virginia19761994
    USUS NavyCGN-39USS TexasNTEX19771993
    USUS NavyCGN-40USS MississippiNGGD19781997
    USUS NavyCGN-41USS ArkansasNARK19801998

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    1971-dec-21OrderedUS CGN-38 USS Virginia as DLGN-38
    1971-dec-21OrderedUS CGN-39 USS Texas as DLGN-39
    1972-jan-21OrderedUS CGN-40 USS Mississippi as DLGN-40
    1972-aug-19Laid downUS CGN-38 USS Virginia
    1973-aug-18Laid downUS CGN-39 USS Texas
    1974-dec-14LaunchedUS CGN-38 USS Virginia
    1975-jan-31OrderedUS CGN-41 USS Arkansas
    1975-feb-22Laid downUS CGN-40 USS Mississippi
    1975-aug-9LaunchedUS CGN-39 USS Texas
    1976-jul-31LaunchedUS CGN-40 USS Mississippi
    1976-sep-11CommissionedUS CGN-38 USS Virginia as CGN-38
    1977-jan-17Laid downUS CGN-41 USS Arkansas
    1977-sep-10CommissionedUS CGN-39 USS Texas as CGN-39
    1978-aug-5CommissionedUS CGN-40 USS Mississippi as CGN-40
    1978-oct-21LaunchedUS CGN-41 USS Arkansas
    1980US CGN-39 USS Texas with a Sea King flying by
    1980-oct-18CommissionedUS CGN-41 USS Arkansas
    1993-jul-16DecommissionedUS CGN-39 USS Texas
    1994-nov-10DecommissionedUS CGN-38 USS Virginia
    1997-jul-28DecommissionedUS CGN-40 USS Mississippi
    1998-jul-7DecommissionedUS CGN-41 USS Arkansas
    1999-nov-1Fate: scrappedUS CGN-41 USS Arkansas nuclear vessels recycling program
    2001-oct-30Fate: scrappedUS CGN-39 USS Texas nuclear vessels recycling program
    2002-oct-10Fate: scrappedUS CGN-38 USS Virginia nuclear vessels recycling program
    2004-octFate: scrappedUS CGN-40 USS Mississippi nuclear vessels recycling program

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