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UNITED STATES NAVY (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)

CRUISERS

LEAHY missile cruisers (1962 - 1964)

Leahy 1970

Leahy 1979

Leahy 1981

Dale 1988

Leahy 1990

No Name Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
DLG16, 7/1975- CG16 Leahy Bath Iron Wks 3/12/1959 1/7/1961 4/8/1962 stricken 10/1993
DLG17, 6/1975- CG17 Harry E. Yarnell Bath Iron Wks 31/5/1960 9/12/1961 2/2/1963 stricken 10/1993
DLG18, 6/1975- CG18 Worden Bath Iron Wks 19/9/1960 2/6/1962 3/8/1963 stricken 10/1993
DLG19, 6/1975- CG19 Dale New York SB, Camden 6/9/1960 28/7/1962 23/11/1963 stricken 9/1994
DLG20, 6/1975- CG20 Richmond K. Turner New York SB, Camden 9/1/1961 6/4/1963 13/6/1964 stricken 9/1994
DLG21, 6/1975- CG21 Gridley Puget Sound N Yd 15/7/1960 31/7/1961 25/5/1963 stricken 1/1994
DLG22, 6/1975- CG22 England Todd, Los Angeles 4/10/1960 6/3/1962 7/12/1963 stricken 1/1994
DLG23, 6/1975- CG23 Halsey Mare Island N Yd 26/8/1960 15/1/1962 20/7/1963 stricken 1/1994
DLG24, 6/1975- CG24 Reeves Puget Sound N Yd 1/7/1960 12/5/1962 15/5/1964 stricken 11/1993
  

Displacement standard, t

5146

Displacement full, t

7590

Length, m

155.5 wl 162.5 oa

Breadth, m

16.3

Draught, m

5.80

No of shafts

2

Machinery

DLG16 - 18: General Electric geared steam turbines, 4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers

DLG19, 20: De Laval geared steam turbines, 4 Foster Wheeler boilers

DLG21, 22: De Laval geared steam turbines, 4 Foster Wheeler boilers

DLG23, 24: Allis-Chalmers geared steam turbines, 4 Foster Wheeler boilers

Power, h. p.

85000

Max speed, kts

32

Fuel, t

oil 1800

Endurance, nm (kts)

8000(20)

Armament

2 x 2 Terrier SAM launchers (80 RIM-2), 1 x 8 ASROC ASW rocket launcher (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-10, 4x SPG-55 radars, SQS-23 sonar

Complement

377

Ship project history: In these ships guided missile was finally made paramount, with guns little more than an afterthought. The need for large numbers of missiles to protect the Fleet against a mounting air threat and the relatively slow rate of new construction led to a decision that new missile ships be double-ended. It had previously been objected that missile mounts in the bow would be so subject to sea damage as to be useless; in the Leahy class special efforts were to protect forward launcher, including the knuckling of the hull, which was uncharacteristic of previous US practice The decision to adopt a forecastle type of hull reflects the explosive growth of space (rather than weight) requirements, a characteristic of modern warship development. As in the Farraguts, ASW was a distinctly secondary consideration, but Leahys were designed to incorporate ASROC (without reloads) and had a bow dome for their SQS-23 sonars.

As in the case of earlier Terrier ships, the Leahy class suffered from limited effectiveness as built, and was subject to extensive modernization.

Modernizations: 1967, Leahy; 1968, Harry E. Yarnell, Worden, Gridley, England, Reeves; 1972, Dale, Richmond K. Turner, Halsey: - 2 x 2 Terrier SAM (80 RIM-2), 4x SPG-55 radars; + 2 x 2 - Standard SM-1MR SAM (80 RIM-66), SPS-43, SPG-55B radars, NTDS CCS

late 1970s, Harry E. Yarnell, Richmond K. Turner, Gridley, Halsey, Reeves; early 1980s, Leahy, Worden, Dale, England: - 2 x 2 - 76/50; + 2 x 4 Harpoon SSM (8 RGM-84)

late 1970s, Leahy, Worden, Dale, England; early 1980s, Harry E. Yarnell, Richmond K. Turner, Gridley, Halsey, Reeves: + 2 x 6 -20/76 Mk 15 Phalanx CIWS, 2x Mk 90 radars

early 1980s, all: - 2 x 2 Standard SM-1MR SAM (80 RIM-66); + 2 x 2 Standard SM-2ER SAM (80 RIM-67)

1980s, Harry E. Yarnell: - SQS-23 sonar; + SQQ-23 sonar

1987, England; 1988, Leahy, Harry E. Yarnell, Dale; 1989, Worden, Richmond K. Turner; 1990, Gridley, Halsey: under NTU modernisation - SPS-37, SPS-39, SPS-43, SPS-10, 4x SPG-55B radars; + SPS-48E, SPS-49, SPS-67, 4x SPG-55C radars, SLQ-32 ECM suite, 4 Mk 36 SRBOC decoy launchers

Naval service: No significant events.

 

Richmond K. Turner 1981

Ivan Gogin, 2015