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BAINBRIDGE nuclear powered missile cruiser (1962)


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  Bainbridge 1.1983

Ships


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


Technical data


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

Electronic equipmentSPS-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



Standard scale images


<i>Bainbridge </i>1990
Bainbridge 1990
<i>Bainbridge </i>1979
Bainbridge 1979
<i>Bainbridge </i>1970
Bainbridge 1970
<i>Bainbridge </i>1987
Bainbridge 1987


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  <i>Bainbridge</i> 1.1983
  Bainbridge 1.1983


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.