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USS Long Beach (CGN-9)

The USS Long Beach was the first nuclear powered surface warship in the world and the first large combatant in the US Navy with its main battery consisting of guided missiles.  Launced in 1961, the Long Beach was decomissioned in 1995.  The hull is currently stored and waits disposal in Bremerton, Washington.

In addition to being the first nuclear powered surface warship, Long Beach was also the first American cruiser since the end of World War II to built entirely new from the keel up and boasted the highest bridge in the world when built.  The Long Beach was the last warship to be fitted with teakwood decks.

Designation:  Nuclear Powered Surface Combatant, United States 
Originally ordered as CLGN-160 and reclassified as CGN-160 in early 1957 and again as CGN-9 later the same year.
Similar in design to the conventionally powered USS Chicago (CA-136)

Class: CGN 9 - Cruiser, Guided Missile, Nuclear
Builder: Bethlehem Steel
Delivery Date: 09/01/1961 
Award Date: 10/15/1956 
Age (since delivery): 41.2 years 
Keel Date: 12/02/1957  Commission Date: 09/09/1961 
Launch Date: 07/14/1959  Decommission Date: 05/01/1995 
Age (since launch) 43.3 years 
Years from Commission to Decommission: 33.6 
Stricken Date: 05/01/1995 

Propulsion system: 2 - Westinghouse C1W nuclear reactors, 2 geared turbines 
Propellers: two 
Length: 721 feet (219.8 meters) 
Beam: 73 feet (22.3 meters) 
Draft: 30.8 feet (9.4 meters) 
Displacement: approx. 17,500 tons 
Accommodations:  Officers: 55  Enlisted:  770
Armament: two 5-inch/38 caliber Mk 30 guns, two Mk 10 missile launchers Standard missiles (ER), two Mk 141 Harpoon missile launchers, one Mk 16 ASROC missile launcher, Mk 46 torpedoes from two Mk 32 triple mounts, two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, two armored box launchers for Tomahawk cruise missiles

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