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USS CANBERRA (CA 70/CAG 2)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Bravo - Lima - Sierra

CLASS - BALTIMORE
Displacement 13,600 Tons, Dimensions, 673' 5" (oa) x 70' 10" x 26' 10" (Max)
Armament 9 x 8"/55, 12 x 5"/38AA, 48 x 40mm, 24 x 20mm, 4 Aircraft
Armor, 6" Belt, 8" Turrets, 2 1/2" Deck, 6 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 120,000 SHP; G. E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 2000.
Operational and Building Data
Launched 19 APR 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA
Commissioned 14 OCT 1943
Decommissioned 7 MAR 1947
Reclassified CAG 2 4 JAN 1952
Commissioned 15 JUN 1956
Reclassified CA 70 1 MAY 1968
Decommissioned 16 FEB 1970
Stricken 31 JUL 1978
Fate: Sold for scrap to National Metal 31 JUL 1980

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

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CANBERRA As Heavy Gun Cruiser CA 70
(1943 - 1952)(1968 -1978)
Canberra 77k Sliding down the ways, 19 April 1943 at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, Mass. USN
Canberra 101k

USS Canberra (CA 70) Launching, at the Bethlehem Steel Company's Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, 19 April 1943. Courtesy of James Russell, 1972.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 75596.

USNHC
Canberra 268k Oct 14, 1943. In Boston harbor. KC Minick
Canberra 134k

USS Canberra (CA 70) Underway in Boston harbor, Massachusetts, 14 October 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98383.

USNHC
Canberra 147k

USS Canberra (CA 70) Underway in Boston harbor, Massachusetts, 14 October 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98384.

USNHC
Canberra 155k

USS Canberra (CA 70) Underway in Boston harbor, Massachusetts, 14 October 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98385.

USNHC
Canberra 131k

USS Canberra (CA 70) Underway in Boston harbor, Massachusetts, 14 October 1943. Note the ship's two aircraft cranes, stern 40mm quad gun mount offset somewhat to port and arrangement of 8"/55, 5"/38 and 40mm guns aft and amidships.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98386.

USNHC
Canberra 210k Port side view underway, 26 Nov 1943. KC Minick
Canberra 64k

USS Canberra (CA 70) Underway, circa late 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 45505.

USNHC
Canberra 34k 1944 image at sea. USN
Canberra 89k USS Canberra (CA 70), photo taken by USS Lexington CV-16, 28 April 1944. KC Minick
Canberra
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134k USS Canberra (CA 70), photographed somewhere in the Central Pacific during mid 1944 from the deck of USS Yorktown (CV-10), by Photographer’s Mate 3/C Paul D. Guttman. Robert Guttman
Canberra 118k

USS Canberra (CA 70) Operating with Task Force 38 in the Western Pacific, 10 October 1944, three days before she was torpedoed off Formosa. Her camouflage is Design 18a in the Measure 31-32-33 series.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #G-80-284472.

National Archives
Canberra 103k

USS Canberra (CA 70) Under tow toward Ulithi Atoll after she was torpedoed while operating off Okinawa. USS Houston (CL 81), also torpedoed and under tow, is in the right background. Canberra was hit amidships on 13 October 1944. Houston was torpedoed twice, amidships on 14 October and aft on 16 October. The tugs may be USS Munsee (ATF 107), which towed Canberra, and USS Pawnee (ATF 74).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98343.

USNHC
Canberra 129k

USS Claxton (DD 571), at left, USS Canberra (CA 70), center, and USS Killen (DD 593), right Undergoing battle damage repairs in the floating drydock ABSD-2 at Manus, Admiralty Islands, 2 December 1944.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #G-80-304088.

National Archives
Canberra 130k

USS Killen (DD 593), at left, USS Canberra (CA 70), right, and USS Claxton (DD 571), beyond Canberra's bow Undergoing battle damage repairs in the floating drydock ABSD-2 at Manus, Admiralty Islands, 2 December 1944. Note men crowding the rails on Canberra, and her two forward 8"/55 triple gun turrets.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-304096.

National Archives
Canberra 89k USS Canberra (CA 70) entering Boston Harbor for Quincy Navy Yard and repairs from torpedoing in the Pacific. 16 Feb 1945. KC Minick
Canberra
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183k

Underway off Boston during sea trials on 16 Oct 1945. She had just completed repairs from damage sustained off Formosa on 13 Oct 1944.

U.S. Navy photo #4944-45

David Buell
Canberra 229k USS Canberra (CA 70) clearing the Fore River Bridge, date unknown. KC Minick
Canberra 137k USS Canberra (CA 70) Underway circa 1968-1969, following reclassification from guided missile heavy cruiser (CAG 2) to heavy cruiser (CA 70) to reflect the outdated nature of her "Terrier" guided missile system. Though still present in this photograph, the missile launchers and radars of that system were removed during March-July 1969. The original print was received by "All Hands" magazine on 29 September 1969. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98395. USNHC
Canberra 112k

USS Canberra (CA 70) En route to the San Francisco Naval Shipyard for inactivation, circa 1 October 1969. Several automobiles are parked on her after deck. Note the absence of her guided missile launchers and guidance radars, removed during March-July 1969.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #KN-18496.

National Archives
Canberra 86k

USS Canberra (CA 70) Steams toward the San Francisco Naval Shipyard to begin inactivation work, circa 1 October 1969. The San Francisco Bay Bridge is in the background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #KN-18495.

National Archives
Canberra 109k Picture taken in February, 1971 showing Canberra after the terrier missiles were removed and the ship was reclassified CA 70. Both the Canberra and Boston were so reclassified and finished their careers as "gun" cruisers, as they were originally designed, but missing #3 turret. USN
CANBERRA As Converted Into Guided Missile Cruiser CAG 2
(1952 - 1968)
Canberra
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87k Port bow view, underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
Boston
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488k Moored in New York, probably sometime soon after commissioning in 1956. Al Holenko
Boston
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489k Moored in New York, probably sometime soon after commissioning in 1956. Al Holenko
Canberra 59k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) Steaming down the Delaware River after leaving the New York Shipbuilding Company shipyard at Camden, New Jersey, for builder's trials, 14 May 1956. She had just completed conversion to carry a battery of "Terrier" guided missiles.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98388.

USNHC
Canberra 92k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) Steaming down the Delaware River after leaving the New York Shipbuilding Company shipyard at Camden, New Jersey, for builder's trials, 14 May 1956. She had just completed conversion to a guided-missile cruiser. Note the ship's two launchers for "Terrier" guided missiles and her extensive suite of radar antennas.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98387.

USNHC
Canberra 157k Starboard bow view, underway, June 1956. KC Minick
Canberra 85k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) Fires a "Terrier" guided missile during a training exercise in the Atlantic, February 1957. The photograph was released on 15 March 1957.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. NH#98398

KC Minick
Canberra 106k

President Dwight D. Eisenhower (wearing ball cap) Uses binoculars to observe operations, while on board USS Canberra (CAG 2) en route to Bermuda for a conference, 14 March 1957. The cruiser's two SPQ-5 guided missile guidance radars are visible in the center and left-center, with "Terrier" missiles on their launchers further aft. Note that the President's sports shirt is decorated with elephant figures.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 68553.

USNHC
Canberra 116k

President Dwight D. Eisenhower (left, front) Tours the galley on board USS Canberra (CAG 2), while en route to Bermuda for a conference, 14 March 1957.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 68551.

USNHC
Canberra 93k

President Dwight D. Eisenhower practicing his golf game, while on board USS Canberra (CAG 2) en route to Bermuda for a conference, 14 March 1957. The driving target and protective netting has been rigged on the main deck, just to starboard of the ship's Number Two eight-inch gun turret.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 68555.

USNHC
Canberra 81k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) Steams past a line of foreign warships, while serving as reviewing ship during the International Naval Review in Hampton Roads, Virginia, 12 June 1957. She is followed by USS Boston (CAG 1) and USS Northampton (CLC 1). Taken by Photographer's Mate First Class Castiglia, of Naval Air Station Norfolk, Va.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98388.

USNHC
Canberra 117k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) Moves into position for the International Naval Review, in Hampton Roads, Virginia, 12 June 1957. The harbor tugs USS Segwarusa (YTB-365) and USS Ganadoga (YTB-390) are assisting her. Photographed by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Castiglia, of Naval Air Station Norfolk, Va.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98389.

USNHC
Canberra
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104k (NY32-OCT.22) 'SHOWING THE FLAG' IN TURKISH HARBOR-With sailors and marines lining her decks, the U.S. missile cruiser Canberra anchors in the harbor of Izmir, Turkey, on Saturday . The Cruiser, part of the Unites States Sixth fleet, arrived as tensions increased over Russian and Syrian claims that turkey and the United States were plotting aginst Syria. (APWirephoto)gww3225lrm)57 Ron Reeves
Canberra 177k

USS Boston (CAG 1) (right) and USS Canberra (CAG 2) Nested together at Pier 5, Norfolk Naval Base, during change of command ceremonies in which Rear Admiral Charles B. Martell relieved Rear Admiral Charles L. Melson as Commander Cruiser Division FOUR. This photograph accompanied a Commander Cruiser Force, Atlantic Fleet, press release dated 14 April 1958. Note the different guided missile guidance radars fitted to these "sister" ships, with Boston having a pair of Mark 25 Mod 7 types, while Canberra has two of the later, and larger, SPQ-5 types. USS Intrepid (CVA 11) is on the other side of the pier.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98288.

USNHC
Canberra 161k

USS Boston (CAG 1) (left) and USS Canberra (CAG 2) Steam alongside each other, as they practice high-line operations for the transfer of the World War II Unknown Soldier, 22 April 1958. Photographed by Naval Air Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98289.

USNHC
Canberra 119k

Hospitalman William R. Charette, who received the Medal of Honor for Korean War heroism, selects the Unknown Serviceman of World War II, during ceremonies on board USS Canberra (CAG 2) off the Virginia Capes on 26 May 1958. The other World War II Unknown Serviceman candidate's casket is at left, with the Unknown Serviceman of the Korean War in the middle. After completion of the selection ceremonies, the World War II and Korean War Unknown Servicemen were carried to Washington, D.C., for burial at Arlington Cemetery. The other World War II Unknown was buried at sea.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 54118.

USN
Canberra
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229k Canberra, Med-Moored with Italian Destroyer Indomito moored alongside in an unknown Italian port in the early 1960's. John Hummel
Canberra 118k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) Underway on 9 January 1961.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #KN-1526.

National Archives
Canberra 147k Port bow view, underway, 14 JAN 61. KC Minick
Canberra 171k Portside view, underway, 19 JAN 61. KC Minick
Canberra 169k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) Operating at Sea with a Commander Second Fleet Task Force, 19 January 1961. Taken by Chief Photographer's Mate C.A. Berntsen.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98390.

USNHC
Canberra 245k Starboard bow view, underway, February 1961. KC Minick
Canberra
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257k

Starboard bow view while underway on 3 March 1961, location unknown.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #USN 1053411.

David Buell
Canberra 54k Starboard side view, anchored in an unknown port, January 1962. Picture taken form the liberty launch. KC Minick
Canberra
04010259
227k View of the Fantail while Med-Moored in Genoa, Italy, 13 May 1962. Note the addition of the Helo pad above the main deck. Carlo Martinelli
Canberra
04010265
134k USS Canaberra (CAG 2) & USS Enterprise (CVAN 65) & another CVA Carrier picture taken from USS Boston CAG-1 in Pollenca Bay, Mallorica, Spain - 19 Aug 1962. Roy Williams
Canberra
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141k USS Canaberra CAG-2 taken from USS Boston CAG-1 in Pollenca Bay, Mallorica, Spain - 19 Aug 1962 Roy Williams
Canberra 138k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) Underway at sea during the Cuban Missile Crisis, 28 October 1962. Taken by Photographer's Mate First Class C.C. Fulps.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98391.

USNHC
Canberra
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645k

A painting of USS Canberra (CAG 2) leaving San Diego Bay, in 1963 by artist Wayne Scarpaci. The painting is titled "Silvergate Departure"

Wayne Scarpaci
Canberra 52k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) Fires a "Terrier" guided missile during First Fleet demonstrations for Secretary of the Navy Paul H. Nitze, off the U.S. West Coast in December 1963.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #KN-8743.

National Archives
Canberra
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  Port quarter view while underway in 1964, location unknown. Robert Hurst
Canberra 60k 3 FEB 64, off of San Clamete Island Gunnery Range. KC Minick
Canberra 105k Canberra as a missile cruiser, The forward half unchanged from when she was built, The aft end all new including Terrier Missile System. Circa 1965 (Caption updated by Bob Hirst). USN
Canberra 97k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) Returns to San Diego, California, from the Western Pacific, at the end of her first Vietnam War deployment, 7 July 1965. Taken by Photographer's Mate Second Class W.L. Larson.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98392.

USNHC
Canberra
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127k April 1966, during her 2nd Vietnam deployment. BMCS Richard Miller USN (Ret.)
Canberra
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101k April 1966, during her 2nd Vietnam deployment. BMCS Richard Miller USN (Ret.)
Canberra
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56k USS Cambera (CAG 2) off the coast of South Vietnam, circa 1966 taken from USS Washoe County (LST 1165). Rich Kerbs
Canberra
04010251
15k Port side view while underway in San Diego harbor, 1966. Rich Miller
Canberra
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33k Port bow view while moored in San Diego, August 1966. USS Galveston (CLG 3) is moored across the pier (left). Larry Backus
Canberra 146k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) Regunning operations for the cruiser's forward 8"/55 triple gun turret, at the U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility, Subic Bay, Philippines, 1967. USS Kennebec (AO 36) is one of the ship's in the background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #USN 1142872.

National Archives
Canberra 219k Port bow view, underway, Melbourne, Australia, 1967. KC Minick
Canberra 105k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) Fires a six-gun salvo of eight-inch shells from off the coast of Vietnam, while bombarding an enemy stronghold during Operation "Deckhouse V". The photograph was released by Commander Seventh Fleet on 7 January 1967.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98396.

USNHC
Canberra 154k Starboard side view, underway, February 1967. KC Minick
Canberra
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826k

Looking aft at the two forward 8"/55 turrets during Operation Sea Dragon (logistics interdiction) in the Tonkin Gulf. Photo taken by JOC R.D. Moeser - VNT no 15124.

Charles Lamm
Canberra 105k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) Crewman closes the main battery firing circuits, during bombardment operations off Vietnam, March 1967. Photographed by Chief Journalist R.D. Moeser, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #USN 1142158.

National Archives
Canberra 105k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) Eight-inch guns of Turret # 2 firing, during a Vietnam War gunfire support mission, March 1967. Note the two outgoing projectiles in the upper right corner. Photographed by Chief Journalist R.D. Moeser, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #USN 1142159.

National Archives
Canberra 102k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) Crewmen "sponge out" a 8"/55 gun of Turret # 2, following Vietnam War bombardment operations, March 1967. Photographed by Chief Journalist R.D. Moeser, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #USN 1122618.

National Archives
Canberra 63k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) A three-gun salvo from the cruiser's forward 8"/55 turret pierces the Gulf of Tonkin darkness, during bombardment of targets ashore in North Vietnam, March 1967. Photographed by Chief Journalist R.D. Moeser, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #USN 1121549.

National Archives
Canberra 111k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) A shell from a North Vietnamese shore battery falls near the ship, while she was conducting a bombardment mission in the South China Sea, March 1967. Photographed by Chief Journalist R.D. Moeser.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98397.

USNHC
Canberra 151k Starboard bow view, underway, April 1967. KC Minick
Canberra 221k USS Canberra (CAG 2) alongside USS Ponchatoula (AO 148) while in the Tonkin Gulf, 1967. Note the Gunners Mates cleaning the barrels of the guns on Turret #2. Barry Litchfield
Canberra 335k USS Canberra (CAG 2) alongside USS Ponchatoula (AO 148) while in the Tonkin Gulf, 1967. Barry Litchfield
Canberra 104k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) Underway off the coast of Point Loma, near San Diego, California, 1 June 1967. Taken by Photographer's Mate Third Class L.D. Keller.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98393.

USNHC
Canberra 223k

USS Canberra (CAG 2) Overhead view taken circa 1967-1968, shortly before the ship was redesignated CA 70.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98394.

USNHC
Canberra 120k Starboard side view, underway, 25 MAR 68. KC Minick
Canberra 136k Port side view, underway, Off Hospital Point, Hawaii, 28 SEP 68. KC Minick
Canberra
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76k Hunter's Point NSY S.F., 1970, during Decomm process. Ron Jensen
Canberra
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84k Hunter's Point NSY S.F., 1970, during Decomm process. Ron Jensen
Canberra
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76k Hunter's Point NSY S.F., 1970, during Decomm process. Ron Jensen
Canberra
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89k Hunter's Point NSY S.F., 1970, during Decomm process. Ron Jensen
Canberra
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85k Hunter's Point NSY S.F., 1970, during Decomm process. Ron Jensen
Canberra
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46k Ship's bell from her CAG 2 era on display at the National Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney, Australia. The bell, along with the Truck Light Control were donated to the Museum by the U.S. Navy after scrapping of the Canberra to commemorate the combined defense efforts of the Royal Australian and the U.S. Navy against Japan during WW II. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
Canberra
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49k Ship's Truck Light Control on display at the National Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney, Australia. The Truck Light Control along with the Ship's Bell were donated to the Museum by the U.S. Navy after scrapping of the Canberra to commemorate the combined defense efforts of the Royal Australian and the U.S. Navy against Japan during WW II. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Early, Alexander Rieman, CAPT RADM 10/14/43 - 02/25/45
Levin, Richard Benjamin., CDR   02/25/45 - 07/17/45
Ihrig, Russell Million, CAPT RADM 07/17/45 - 05/18/46
Quarles, Stanley F., CDR   05/18/46 - 12/04/46
Lowndes, William R., CDR   12/04/46 - 03/07/47
Decommissioned   03/07/47 - 06/15/56
Mauro Jr., Charles Thomas, CAPT   05/15/56 - 08/08/57
Brumby Jr., Frank Hardeman, CAPT   08/08/57 - 06/04/58
Smith, Charles Hubert, CAPT RADM 06/04/58 - 07/29/59
Savidge, Paul Sheppard, CAPT RADM 07/29/59 - 02/12/60
Baumberger, Walter Harlen, CAPT VADM 02/12/60 - 11/07/60
Reich, Eli Thomas, CAPT VADM 11/07/60 - 12/01/61
Irvine, Robert Klink (Rab), CAPT   12/01/61 - 01/19/63
Soballe, Verner Jensen, CAPT   01/19/63 - 02/01/64
Carrison, Daniel Jordan, CAPT   02/01/64 - 12/11/64
Woods, Mark William, CAPT RADM 12/11/64 - 06/18/66
Rosenberg, Edwin Miller, CAPT RADM 06/18/66 - 08/09/67
Compton, Oliver Doty, CAPT   08/09/67 - 11/23/68
Bagley, Worth Harrington, CAPT ADM 11/23/68 - 09/20/69
Wettroth, John Richard, CDR   09/20/69 - 10/02/69

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)


USS CANBERRA CA 70 / CAG 2 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
CAAG-70 - CAG 2 - CA 70

Contact Name: Mr. Ken Minick
Address: PO Box 130, Belpre, OH 45714
Phone: 740-423-8976
E-mail: crewservices@usscanberra.com


Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
USS Canberra Reunion Association

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