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UNITED STATES NAVY (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)

CRUISERS

BAINBRIDGE nuclear powered missile cruiser (1962)

Bainbridge 1970

Bainbridge 1979

Bainbridge 1987

Bainbridge 1990

No Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
DLGN25, 7/1975- CGN25 Bainbridge 1677 Bethlehem, Quincy 15/5/1959 15/4/1961 6/10/1962 stricken 9/1996
  

Displacement standard, t

7250

Displacement full, t

7982

Length, m

164.6 wl 172.3 oa

Breadth, m

17.0

Draught, m

5.90

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 sets geared steam turbines, 2 D2G reactors

Power, h. p.

60000

Max speed, kts

30

Fuel, t

nuclear

Endurance, nm (kts)

practically unlimited

Armament

2 x 2 Terrier SAM (80 RIM-2), 1 x 8 ASROC ASuR (8 RUR-5A), 2 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33, 2 x 3 - 324 Mk 32 TT (12), helicopter deck

Sensors

SPS-37, SPS-39, SPS-10F, 4x SPG-55, 2x Mk 35 radars, SQS-23 sonar, WLR-1, WLR-3 ECM suites, 2x Mk 28 decoy RL

Complement

459

Ship project history: Bainbridge was essentially a nuclear-powered equivalent of the Leahy class, built as the prototype nuclear fast task force escort. At the time she represented the minimum platform for a two-reactor power plant which could be expected to attain destroyer speed; a fast submarine plant, such as that in the large Triton, was rejected because it weighed too much for the power it produced to propel a destroyer with a worthwhile payload at an acceptable speed. Destroyer nuclear propulsion was given high priority from about 1956 onwards because destroyer endurance, not carrier endurance, was a limiting factor in carrier task force operations.

Modernizations: 9/1976: - 2 x 2 Terrier SAM (80 RIM-2), 4x SPG-55 radars; + 2 x 2 - Standard SM-1MR SAM (80 RIM-66), LN-66, SPS-43, SPG-55B radars

1978: - 2 x 2 - 76/50, 2x Mk 35 radars; + 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10

1979: - 2 x 1 - 20/70; + 2 x 4 Harpoon SSM (8 RGM-84A), NTDS CCS

4/1985: - 2 x 2 Standard SM-1MR SAM (80 RIM-66), SPS-37, SPS-39, SPS-43, SPS-10F radars, SQS-23 sonar, WLR-1, WLR-3 ECM suites, 2x Mk 28 decoy RL; + 2 x 2 Standard SM-2ER SAM (80 RIM-67), 2 x 6 -20/76 Mk 15 Phalanx, 4 x 1 - 12.7/90, SPS-48C, SPS-49, SPS-67 radars, 2x Mk 90 radars, SQQ-23A PAIR sonar, SLQ-32(v)3 ECM suite, 4 Mk 36 SRBOC decoy RL, T-Mk 6 Fanfare torpedo decoy; ASROC ASuR was deactivated

Naval service: No significant events.

 

Bainbridge 1/1983

Ivan Gogin, 2015