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The USS BAINBRIDGE was commissioned on October 6, 1962. The world's first nuclear frigate carried was powered by two pressurized water reactors, and carried two twin Terrier missile launchers, two twin 3" .50 caliber radar controlled gun mounts, two torpedo mounts, an ASROC launcher, and was equiped with state of the art electronics and communications suites. In April 1964, during her second Mediterranean deployment, she joined USS LONG BEACH for the first time and later in May, along with USS ENTERPRISE, formed the world's first nuclear powered task group, Task Group 60.1. She entered dry dock at Mare Island Shipyard in August 1967 for her first refueling. In 1974 she began a 27 month shipyard modernization and overhaul in Bremerton, Washingto. While in the shipyard, her 3" .50 caliber guns were removed and replaced with 20MM cannon, she received the AN/SPS-48 radar, and the Naval Tactical Data System was installed. Additionally, the aft superstructure was constructed and an additional level was added on the forward superstructure to support the SLQ-32. On 30 June 1975, BAINBRIDGE was redisgnate a cruiser during the Navy's reorganization of ship designations; DLGN 25 became CGN 25. After deactivation, BAINBRIDGE was towed to Norfolk Naval Shipyard for defueling and preparation for the final movement of the hull to Bremerton, Washington.


Displacement Light Displacement: 8436 tons
Full Displacement: 9265 tons
Length Overall Length: 565 ft
Waterline Length: 550 ft
Beam Extreme Beam: 58 ft
Waterline Beam: 57 ft
Draft Maximum Navigational Draft: 29 ft
Draft Limit: 21 ft
Max Speed 30-plus knots
Power Plant 2 - D2G General Electric pressurized, water-cooled reactors
2 geared turbines, 2 shafts @ 60,000shp each
Aircraft None - capable of VERTREP only
Armament Standard Missiles (ER)
ASROC (from MK 16 box launcher)
8 - Harpoon (from two quad launchers)
8 - Tomahawk ASM/LAM (from 2 armored box launchers
6 - MK 46 torpedoes (from 2 triple tube mounts)
2 - 20mm Phalanx CIWS
Radar SPS-48C 3D search
SPS-49 Air search
SPS-67 Surface search
Sonar SQS-23 bow mounted
Fire Control 1 Mk 14 weapon direction system
4 Mk 76 Missile Fire Control System
1 Mk 111 ASW FCS
4 SPG-55C radars
Electronic Warfare SLQ-32
Complement 558 (42 officer, 516 enlisted)
Unit Operating Cost
Annual Average
~$35,000,000 [source: [FY1996 VAMOSC]


Name Number Builder Homeport Ordered Commissioned Decommissioned
Bainbridge CGN 25 Bethlehem QuincyNorfolk 01 Sep 195806 Oct 196213 Sep 1996

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