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USS LONG BEACH was the first nuclear powered cruiser and first large combatant in the US Navy with its main battery consisting of guided missiles. She was also the first American cruiser since the end of World War II to built entirely new from the keel, up, and, when completed, boasted the highest bridge in the world. She was also the last warship to be fitted with teakwood decks. Built in Bethlehem Steel Company's Fore River Shipyard at Quincy, Massachusetts, the ship's keel was laid on December 2, 1957. The ship was later launched on July 14, 1959. USS LONG BEACH got underway on nuclear power for the first time on the morning of July 5, 1961. On September 9, 1961, the ship was commissioned at the Boston Navy Shipyard,

From January to October 1985, the TOMAHAWK cruise missile system was installed onboard at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, replacing the previously removed TALOS system.


Displacement 17,525 tons (full load)
Length 721 feet
Beam 73 feet
Max Speed 30-plus knots
Power Plant 2 - Westinghouse C1W nuclear reactors
2 geared turbines, 2 shafts
Aircraft None - helo landing area 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 - 5-inch/38 caliber guns
2 - 20mm Phalanx CIWS
Combat Systems SPS-48 Air Search Radar
SPS-49 Air Search Radar
SPS-67 Surface Search Radar

SQQ-23 Sonar [keel-mounted]

1 Mk14 Weapon Direction System
2 Mk56 Gun Fire Control System
4 Mk76 Missile Fire Control System
1 Mk111 ASW Fire Control System
4 SPG-55 Radars
2 SPW-2 Radars

SLQ-32 EW system
Complement 825 (55 officer, 770 enlisted); Marines: 45 (1 officer, 44 enlisted)


Name Number Builder Homeport Ordered Commissioned Decommissioned
Long BeachCGN 9 QuincySan Diego15 Oct 195609 Sep 196101 May 1995

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Originally created by John Pike
Updated Thursday, February 25, 1999 4:04:11 PM