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Belknap-class Guided Guided Missile Cruiser

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The Belknap-class guided missile cruiser was a class of single-ended guided missile cruisers (their missile armament was installed only forward, unlike "double-ended" missile cruisers with missile armament installed both forward and aft) built for the United States Navy during the 1960s. They were originally designated as DLG frigates (destroyer leaders; the USN use of the term frigate from 1950 to 1975 was intended to evoke the power of the sailing frigates of old), but in the 1975 fleet realignment, they were reclassified as guided missile cruisers (CG).

Specifications[edit]

Original Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Guided Missile Cruiser (Hull designation symbol CG)
  • Service Period: 1964-1996 (USN)
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 547 feet (166.73 meters)
    • Beam: 55 feet (16.77 meters)
    • Draft: 29 feet (8.84 meters)
    • Displacement: 7,930 tons (8,057 metric tons)
  • Crew: 477 (27 officers and 450 enlisted)
  • Propulsion: four 1200 psi (8300 kPa) boilers, two geared steam turbines, two shafts. 85,000 shp (63,384 kW)
  • Range:
  • Speed: 32 knots (59.27 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • AN/SPS-10 surface search RADAR
    • AN/SPS-48 3D air search radar
    • AN/SPS-49 2D air search radar
    • AN/SPG-55 Terrier missile fire control radar x 2
    • AN/SQS-26 SONAR
  • Countermeasures
    • AN/SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo countermeasures suite
    • AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare Suite
    • Mk.36 SBROC
    • NATO Seagnat
  • Armament
    • 1 x Mk.42 5"/54-caliber lightweight naval gun
    • 2 x Mk.22 3"/50-caliber dual purpose naval gun
    • 1 x Mk.10 Mod 7 Terrier Missile Launcher (fires RIM-2 Terrier SAMs, later fires RIM-66 Standard-1 and RIM-67 Standard-2 SAMs)
    • 2 x Mk.141 Harpoon SSM Launchers
    • 2 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
    • 2 x Mk.32 12.75" triple fire torpedo tubes

New Threat Upgrade[edit]

  • Type: Guided Missile Cruiser
  • Service Period: 1964-1996 (USN)
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 547 feet (166.73 meters)
    • Beam: 55 feet (16.77 meters)
    • Draft: 29 feet (8.84 meters)
    • Displacement: 7,930 tons (8,057 metric tons)
  • Crew: 477 (27 officers and 450 enlisted)
  • Propulsion: 4 x 1200 psi (8300 kPa) boilers, 2 x geared steam turbines, 2 x shafts (85,000 shp (63,384 kW))
  • Speed: 32 knots (59.264 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite
    • AN/SYR-1 Communications Tracking Set
    • AN/SYS-2(V)1 Integrated Automatic Detection and Tracking System
    • AN/SPQ-9B Fire Control Radar
    • AN/SPS-48E 3D Air Search Radar
    • AN/SPS-49(V)5 2D Air Search Radar
    • AN/SPG-53F Gun Fire Control Radar
    • AN/SPG-55B Missile Fire Control Radar
    • Mk.14 Weapons Direction System
    • Advanced Combat Direction System
    • Radar Environmental Simulator System
  • Countermeasures:
    • AN/SLQ-25 Nixie Torpedo Countermeasures Suite
    • AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare Suite
    • AN/SLQ-49 Chaff Buoy Decoy System
    • Mk.36 SBROC
    • Seagnat
  • Armament
    • 1 x Mk.45 5"/54-caliber lightweight naval gun
    • 1 x Mk.16 ASROC Missile Launcher
    • 1 x Mk.26 Twin-Arm Missile Launcher (fires RIM-66 SM-1 and RIM-67 SM-2ER)
    • 1 x Mk.141 Harpoon SSM Launcher
    • 2 x Mk.32 12.75" triple fire torpedo tubes
    • 1 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
  • Aircraft Carried: 1 x Kaman SH-2F Seasprite

Unit Run[edit]

Keel laid Launched Commissioned Decommissioned Notes
USS Belknap (CG-26) February 5, 1962 July 20, 1963 November 7, 1964 February 15, 1995
USS Josephus Daniels (CG-27) April 23, 1962 December 2, 1963 May 8, 1965 January 21, 1994
USS Wainwright (CG-28) July 2, 1962 April 25, 1965 January 8, 1966 November 15, 1993
USS Jouett (CG-29) September 25, 1962 June 30, 1964 December 3, 1966 January 28, 1994
USS Horne (CG-30) November 12, 1962 October 30, 1964 April 15, 1967 February 4, 1994
USS Sterett (CG-31) September 25, 1962 June 30, 1964 April 8, 1967 March 24, 1994
USS William H. Standley (CG-32) July 29, 1963 December 19, 1964 July 9, 1966 February 11, 1994
USS Fox (CG-33) January 15, 1963 November 21, 1964 May 8, 1966 April 15, 1994
USS Biddle (CG-34) December 9, 1963 July 2, 1965 January 10, 1967 November 3, 1993
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