Leahy-class cruiser

Leahy class cruisers were a class of guided missile cruisers built for the United States Navy. They were originally designated as Destroyer Leaders (DLG), but in the 1975 cruiser realignment, they were reclassified as guided missile cruisers (CG).

They were a new "double-ender" class fitted with Terrier (later Standard ER) missile launchers fore and aft, and the first and only frigate class designed without a main gun battery for shore bombardment or ship-vs.-ship engagements—the gun armament was reduced in order to carry a larger missile load. One of the principal missions of these ships, like their predecessors the Farragut class, was to form part of the anti-air and antisubmarine screen for carrier task forces, while also controlling aircraft from the carrier by providing vectors to assigned targets.

The ships carried over the propulsion plant of the Farragut class, fitted into a longer hull designed with a knuckled “hurricane” bow that reduced plunging in a rough sea, thus keeping the forecastle dry as needed to operate the forward missile launcher. Other features included an expanded electrical plant and increased endurance. A major design innovation was the use of "macks"—combined masts and stacks—on which the radars could be mounted without smoke interference.

Leahy-class cruiser
Class Ship
Type Cruiser
Manufacturer Bath Iron Works
Production Period 1959 - 1962
Origin United States of America
Country Name Origin Year
United States of America 1961
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
United States of America 1962 1996 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Bethlehem Steel 1959 1961 1 View
Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company 1960 1961 1 View
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 1960 1962 1 View
San Francisco Naval Shipyard 1960 1962 1 View
Todd SB & DD Co. of Tacoma 1960 1962 1 View
New York Shipbuilding Corporation 1960 1963 2 View
Bath Iron Works 1959 1962 3 View


Name Pennant Builder Laid Down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Fate
Leahy class conventional cruiser
Leahy CG-16 Bath Iron Works, Bath 3 December 1959 1 July 1961 4 August 1962 1 October 1993 Broken up at Brownsville, 2005
Harry E. Yarnell CG-17 31 May 1960 9 December 1961 2 February 1963 29 October 1993 Broken up at Philadelphia, 2002
Worden CG-18 9 September 1961 2 June 1962 3 August 1963 1 October 1993 Sunk as target, 17 June 2000
Dale CG-19 New York Shipbuilding Corporation,Camden 6 September 1960 28 June 1962 23 November 1963 27 September 1994 Sunk as target, 6 April 2000
Richmond K. Turner CG-20 9 January 1961 6 April 1963 13 June 1964 13 April 1995 Sunk as target, 9 August 1998
Gridley CG-21 Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, Seattle 15 July 1960 31 July 1961 25 May 1963 21 January 1994 Broken up at Brownsville, 2005
England CG-22 Todd Shipyards, San Pedro 4 October 1960 6 March 1962 7 December 1963 21 January 1994 Broken up at Brownsville, 2004
Halsey CG-23 San Francisco Naval Shipyard 26 August 1960 15 January 1962 20 July 1963 28 January 1994 Broken up at Brownsville, 2003
Reeves CG-24 Puget Sound Naval Shipyard,Bremerton 1 July 1960 12 May 1962 15 May 1964 12 November 1993 Sunk as target, 1 June 2001
Bainbridge class nuclear powered cruiser
Bainbridge CGN-25 Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Quincy 5 May 1959 15 April 1961 6 October 1962 13 September 1996 Disposed of through Ship-Submarine Recycling Programat Bremerton, 1999

Name: Leahy class destroyer leader / cruiser
Builders: Several
Operators: United States Navy
Preceded by: Albany-class cruiser
Succeeded by: Belknap-class cruiser
Subclasses: Bainbridge-class cruiser
Built: 1959–1964
In commission: 1962–1995
Completed: 9
Active: 0
Retired: 9
General characteristics
Type: Guided missile cruiser
Displacement: 7,800 tons (full load)
Propulsion: 2 × steam turbines providing 85,000 shp (63 MW); 2 shafts
4 × boilers
Speed: 32 knots
Range: 8,000 nm @ 20 knots
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-39 followed by AN/SPS-483D air search radar
AN/SPS-43 followed by AN/SPS-492D air search radar
AN/SPS-10 surface search radar
AN/SPG-55 missile fire control radar
AN/SQS-23 bow mounted sonar
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
AN/SLQ-32
Mark 36 SRBOC
Armament: 2 × Mark 10 Terrier SAM
1 × ASROC ASW system
4 × 3 in(76 mm)guns (replaced byHarpoon missiles during 1980s)
6 × 12.75 in(324 mm)ASW TT
2 x Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft carried: None

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