Belknap-class cruiser

The Belknap class cruiser was a class of single-ended guided missile cruisers (their missile armament was installed only forward, unlike "double-ended" missile cruisers with missile armament installed both forward and aft) built for the United States Navy during the 1960s. They were originally designated as DLG frigates (destroyer leaders; the USN use of the term frigate from 1950 to 1975 was intended to evoke the power of the sailing frigates of old), but in the 1975 fleet realignment, they were reclassified as guided missile cruisers (CG).

Belknap-class cruiser
Class Ship
Type Cruiser
Manufacturer Bath Iron Works
Production Period 1962 - 1965
Origin United States of America
Country Name Origin Year
United States of America 1963
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
United States of America 1964 1995 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
New York Shipbuilding Corporation 1963 1964 1 View
San Francisco Naval Shipyard 1962 1964 1 View
Todd SB & DD Co. of Tacoma 1963 1964 1 View
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 1962 1964 2 View
Bath Iron Works 1962 1965 5 View
NamePennantBuilderLaid DownLaunchedCommissionedDecommissionedFate
Belknap class conventional cruiser
BelknapCG-26Bath Iron Works, Bath5 February 196220 July 19637 November 196415 February 1995Sunk as target, 24 September 1998
Josephus DanielsCG-2723 April 19622 December 19638 May 196521 January 1994Broken up at Brownsville, 1999
WainwrightCG-282 July 196225 April 19658 January 196615 November 1993Sunk as target, 12 June 2002
JouettCG-29Puget Sound Naval Shipyard,Bremerton25 September 196230 June 19643 December 196628 January 1994Sunk as target, 10 August 2007
HorneCG-30San Francisco Naval Shipyard,San Francisco12 December 196230 October 196415 April 19674 February 1994Sunk as target, 29 June 2008
SterettCG-31Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton25 September 196230 June 19648 April 196724 March 1994Broken up at Brownsville, 2005
William H. StandleyCG-32Bath Iron Works, Bath29 July 196319 December 19649 July 196611 February 1994Sunk as target, 25 June 2005
FoxCG-33Todd Shipyard, San Pedro15 January 196321 November 19648 May 196615 April 1994Broken up at Brownsville, 2008
BiddleCG-34Bath Iron Works, Bath9 December 19632 July 196521 January 196730 November 1993Broken up at Philadelphia, 2001
Truxtun class nuclear powered cruiser
TruxtunCGN-35New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden17 June 196319 December 196427 May 196711 September 1995Disposed of through Ship-Submarine Recycling Program at Bremerton, 1999

Name: In honor of Rear Admiral George Eugene Belknap
Builders: Several
Operators: United States Navy
Preceded by: Leahy-class cruiser
Succeeded by: California-class cruiser
Subclasses: Truxtun-class cruiser
Built: 1962-1967
In commission: 1964-1995
Completed: 9
Retired: 9
General characteristics
Type: Guided missile cruiser
Displacement: 7,930 tons (8,057 metric tons)
Length: 547 ft (167 m)
Beam: 55 ft (17 m)
Draft: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Propulsion: four 1200 psi (8300 kPa) boilers, two geared steam turbines, two shafts. 85,000 shp (63,384 kW)
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h)
Complement: 27 officers, 450 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-10 surface search RADAR
AN/SPS-48 3D air search radar
AN/SPS-49 2D air search radar
2 AN/SPG-55 Terrier missile fire control radar
AN/SQS-26 SONAR
Armament: (final configuration)
1 × Mk 10 Mod 7 Guided Missile Launching System with 40 SM-2ERStandard missiles
20 × RUR-5 ASROC Antisubmarine Missiles Fired From Mk 10 launcher
2 × 4 Harpoon missile launchers
2 × 3 Mark 46 torpedo launchers
1 × 5 Inch/54-caliber Mk. 42 gun
2 × Phalanx CIWS.
Armor: none
Aircraft carried: (final configuration) 1 × SH-2H Seasprite

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