Please Report Any Broken Links Or Trouble You Might Come Across To The Webmaster
Please Take A Moment To Let Us Know So That We Can Correct Any Problems And Make Your Visit As Enjoyable And As Informative As Possible.


NavSource Online: Cruiser Photo Archive

USS PROVIDENCE (CL 82/CLG 6/CG 6)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Uniform - Kilo - Lima


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
CLASS - CLEVELAND
Displacement 10,000 Tons, Dimensions, 610' 1" (oa) x 66' 4" x 25' (Max)
Armament 12 x 6"/47, 12 x 5"/38AA, 28 x 40mm, 10 x 20mm, 4 Aircraft
Armor, 5" Belt, 6" Turrets, 2" Deck, 5" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 32.5 Knots, Crew 1255.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 27 July 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA
Launched 28 DEC 1944
Commissioned 15 MAY 1945
Decommissioned 14 JUN 1949
Reclassified CLG 6 23 MAY 1957
Commissioned 17 SEP 1959
Decommissioned AUG 1973
Reclassified CG 6 1 JUL 1975
Stricken 31 JUL 1978
Fate: Sold for scrap on 31 JUL 1980

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

Click On Image
For Full Size Image
Size Image Description Contributed
By And/Or Copyright
PROVIDENCE As Light Gun Cruiser CL-82
(1945 - 1957)
Providence 120k As completed, Good detail image. Undated. USN
Providence
0408208
391k Starboard Bow view, location unknow, probably taken in 1945. Note the presence of the 20mm gun tub in the bow. David Buell
Providence
0408209
33k Port side midships, August 1945. Pieter Bakels
Providence
0408210
36k Starboard side midships, August 1945 Pieter Bakels
Providence 112k

USS Fargo (CL 106) Firing salutes on 15 June 1946, upon her arrival at Gibraltar for a tour of duty in the Mediterranean Sea. Photographed from USS Providence (CL 82). Note floater nets stowed on top of Providence's Number Two 6"/47 gun turret.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-343425.

National Archives
Providence
0408211
131k

Photo Caption: "(NY1-March 30)--U.S. CRUISER ARRIVES AT MALTA--The USS Providence, cruiser flagship of Read Adm. George C. Dyer, enters Valetta Grandharbor, Malta, after participating in exercises off Malta with other U.S. warchips."

Tommy Trampp
Portsmouth
0410211
164k

Photo of the Midway Battlegroup during her first Med deployment. There are three Cleveland-Class cruisers shown. From front to back; USS Portsmouth (CL 102), USS Providence (CL 82), and either USS Little Rock (CL 92) or USS Manchester (CL 83). Two destroyers are also visible. From the collection of Charles J. Beggy, Jr., ET2, USN (Ret.)

Robert Hurst
Vogelgesang
0586263
78k USS Midway (CVB 41) during a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea from 29 October 1947 to 11 March 1948 anchored at Augusta Bay, Sicily, Italy. Nearest to the camera is the Gearing-class destroyer USS Vogelgesang (DD-862) with a Cleveland-class light cruisers visible behind, either USS Manchester (CL 83) or USS Providence (CL-82). From the collection of Charles J. Beggy, Jr., ET2, USN (Ret.) Robert Hurst
Providence 63k

USS Providence (CL 82) Underway in the Mediterranean Sea, circa September 1948 - January 1949.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-343435.

National Archives
Providence 81k

USS Providence (CL-82); USS Little Rock (CL 92); and USS Portsmouth (CL 102) (listed left to right) At San Juan, Puerto Rico, 15 May 1948. Note the differing radar antenna rigs, and other details of these three Cleveland class light cruisers, each ten numbers apart in the cruiser hull number series.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-343434.

National Archives
Providence 122k

USS Providence (CL 82) with USS Chewaucan (AOG 50) coming alongside at Gibraltar, circa late September 1948, as seen from USS Albany (CA 123). Sixth Task Fleet destroyers are moored in the right distance. Photo released for publication 4 October 1948. It was taken as Albany relieved USS Fargo (CL 106) as flagship of the Sixth Task Fleet, operating in the Mediterranean Sea. Two other cruisers and ten destroyers were among the units relieved in line with Navy policy of rotating ships on duty in the Mediterranean approximately every four months. The presence of a number of British Navy ships, among them the battleship Vanguard, resulted in the largest concentration of U.S. and British ships at Gibraltar since World War II.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98532.

USNHC
Providence 114k

Sixth Task Fleet ships silhouetted by the evening sun, while anchored in Phaleron Bay off Piraeus, Greece, 17 October 1948. The ships are (from left to right): USS Little Rock (CL 92); USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB 42); USS Providence (CL-82); and USS Albany (CA 123).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-706506.

National Archives
Providence 97k

USS Providence (CL 82) At Livorno (Leghorn), Italy, 4 December 1948.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-343440.

National Archives
PROVIDENCE As Converted Into Guided Missile Cruiser CLG 6
(1959 - 1978)
Providence 87k Good detail image, showing Providence in her single ended Missile conversion cruising off the coast of California. USN
Providence
04010624
386k

Undated starboard bow view while underway. The crew appears to be at quarters.

U.S. Navy photo.

Robert M. Cieri
Providence 51k Nice Starboard side view. USN
Providence
04010625
74k

Starboard bow view while moored, date and location unknown.

U.S. Navy photo.

David Buell
Providence 85k

USS Providence (CLG 6) Undergoes an inclining experiment, 5 December 1959, shortly after completion of her conversion to a guided-missile cruiser. Probably taken at the Boston Naval Shipyard, Massachusetts.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98534.

USNHC
Providence 321k Page one of a USS Providence (CLG-6) brochure provided to dignitaries and shipboard visitors at the ports of Houston, TX; Veracruz, Mexico; Rodman Naval Station, Canal Zone; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Acapulco, Mexico; and Long Beach, CA during July 1960. After shakedown and training in the Caribbean, Providence was transferred from the Atlantic Fleet and was to become one of the flagships of the United States Navy's 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific, alternating with her sister-ship, USS Oklahoma City (CLG 5). CTRC Donald J. Wagner, USN (Ret.)
Providence 212k Page two of a USS Providence (CLG 6) brochure provided to dignitaries and shipboard visitors at the ports of Houston, TX; Veracruz, Mexico; Rodman Naval Station, Canal Zone; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Acapulco, Mexico; and Long Beach, CA during July 1960. After shakedown and training in the Caribbean, Providence was transferred from the Atlantic Fleet and was to become one of the flagships of the United States Navy's 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific, alternating with her sister-ship, USS Oklahoma City (CLG 5). CTRC Donald J. Wagner, USN (Ret.)
Providence 129k Page three of a USS Providence (CLG 6) brochure provided to dignitaries and shipboard visitors at the ports of Houston, TX; Veracruz, Mexico; Rodman Naval Station, Canal Zone; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Acapulco, Mexico; and Long Beach, CA during July 1960. After shakedown and training in the Caribbean, Providence was transferred from the Atlantic Fleet and was to become one of the flagships of the United States Navy's 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific, alternating with her sister-ship, USS Oklahoma City (CLG 5). CTRC Donald J. Wagner, USN (Ret.)
Providence 257k Page four of a USS Providence (CLG 6) brochure provided to dignitaries and shipboard visitors at the ports of Houston, TX; Veracruz, Mexico; Rodman Naval Station, Canal Zone; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Acapulco, Mexico; and Long Beach, CA during July 1960. After shakedown and training in the Caribbean, Providence was transferred from the Atlantic Fleet and was to become one of the flagships of the United States Navy's 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific, alternating with her sister-ship, USS Oklahoma City (CLG 5). CTRC Donald J. Wagner, USN (Ret.)
Providence 130k

USS Providence (CLG 6) View of the ship's forward guns (a triple 6"/47 gun turret and a twin 5"/38 gun mount) and her bridge face, taken during an inclining experiment at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, California, 12 January 1962. Note the underway replenishment gear stowed atop the six-inch gun turret.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98535.

USNHC
Providence 158k

USS Providence (CLG 6) View of the ship's forward superstructure and gun directors, taken during an inclining experiment at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, California, 12 January 1962.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98536.

USNHC
Providence 92k

USS Providence (CLG 6) Ship's Commanding Officer, Captain B.D. Voegelin, points out the "E" award, with one hashmark, on her Mark 9 "Terrier" guided missile launcher, 2 May 1962. Looking on is Rear Admiral K.L. Veth, Commander Mine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander Naval Base Los Angeles. As a Captain, Veth was Providence's first Commanding Officer when she was commissioned in 1959. The hashmark represents the second missile "E" won by Providence in two years of Fleet competition. In her first year she won the Cruiser Battle Efficiency "E" and the Margorie Sterret Battleship Award for the most outstanding cruiser in the Pacific Fleet. Photographed at Long Beach, California.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98548.

USNHC
Providence 126k

USS Oklahoma City (CLG 5) is moved alongside USS Providence (CLG 6) at Yokosuka Naval Station, Japan, 7 July 1964. Vice Admiral Roy L. Johnson, Commander Seventh Fleet, and his flag staff were moving from Providence to Oklahoma City at the conclusion of the former's first tour as fleet flagship. Photographed by PHAN R.L. White, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98674.

USNHC
Providence 126k

Yokosuka Naval Station, Japan - Harbor tugs move USS Oklahoma City (CLG 5) alongside USS Providence (CLG 6) for change of Seventh Fleet flagship, 7 July 1964. Commander Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Roy L. Johnson, transferred his flag and staff from Providence to Oklahoma City at the conclusion of the former's first tour as Fleet flagship. Note LCU 637 and several harbor tugs on the wharf, at left; large dockyard cranes; tunnels in the cliff in the background; and the large number of automobiles on board Oklahoma City.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #USN 1104112.

National Archives
Providence
04010635
123k USS Oklahoma City (CLG 5) and USS Providence (CLG 6) while Commander SEVENTH Fleet shifts his flag to Oklahoma City, Yokosuka Naval Station, Japan, 7 July 1964. John S. Trolinger
Providence
04010634
664k USS PROVIDENCE (CLG 6) homeward bound after 2 years forward deployed to WESTPAC, Long Beach Naval Station, August 1964. Homeward Bound Pennant flying high, all 610 feet of it. John S. Trolinger
Providence
04010631
312k Missile Demo, Change of Command at sea and dependents cruise 31 Oct 1964.
John S. Trolinger
Providence
04010632
193k Advancement in Rate Ceremony, 16 January 1965, Hunters Point Naval Ship Yard. CAPT La Roque (left) RD1 Trolinger (Right) John S. Trolinger
Providence
04010633
193k Advancement in Rate Ceremony, 16 January 1965, Hunters Point Naval Ship Yard. John S. Trolinger
Providence 124k

USS Providence (CLG 6) At the Hunter's Point Division of San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, at the time of an inclining experiment, 24 June 1965. Note her partially painted hull.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98537.

USNHC
Providence 154k

USS Providence (CLG 6) At the Hunter's Point Division of San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, at the time of an inclining experiment, 24 June 1965. Note her partially painted hull.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98538.

USNHC
Providence 155k

USS Providence (CLG 6) View of the ship's foredeck, taken at the Hunter's Point Division of San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard at the time of an inclining experiment, 24 June 1965. Note her forward guns, a twin 5"/38 mount and a triple 6"/47 turret, the latter with underway replenishment gear erected on its top.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98539.

USNHC
Providence 180k

USS Providence (CLG 6) View of the ship's afterdeck, taken at the Hunter's Point Division of San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard at the time of an inclining experiment, 24 June 1965. Note her helicopter landing area and launcher for "Terrier" guided missiles.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98540.

USNHC
Providence 106k

USS Providence (CLG 6) Underway on 6 June 1966. Photographed by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class W.L. Washabaugh, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98541.

USNHC
Providence
04010626
21k Just after I arrived aboard USS Bausell (DD 845), we participated in an exercise off San Diego, called OPERATION RANGEBUSH. I think it was either late November or early December of 1966. Anyway, I took this picture with an unsophisticated box camera. The cruiser is the USS Providence. Now, the real question is.....what's the name of the liberty ship that was expended as a target? If you can identify the Liberty Ship, please send your information here. Larry Backus
Providence
04010627
49k Starboard quarter view while moored at Yokosuka, Japan in April 1967. Photo taken from USS Evans (DE 1023). Darryl Baker
Providence
04010630
1.2m Port bow view while in Wellington Harbor, Wellington, New Zealand, 28 December 1968. From the collection of Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores, Ltd. Chris Howell
Providence
04010628
68k Location Unknown, 1970. Source: NARA San Francisco, Hunter's Point Historic Shipyard Photographic Collection 1904-1974 Tracy White
Providence 92k

USS Providence (CLG 6) At the Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard while undergoing an inclining experiment, 12 July 1970. USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) is in the background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98542.

USNHC
Providence 150k

USS Providence (CLG 6) View of the ship forward and amidships, taken at the Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard while she was undergoing an inclining experiment, 12 July 1970. Note Sailor sentry, armed with an M1 rifle, on deck by the ship's 6"/47 gun turret.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98543.

USNHC
Providence 116k

USS Providence (CLG 6) View amidships, looking forward, taken at the Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard while she was undergoing an inclining experiment, 12 July 1970. Note radar antennas and other electronic gear on the cruiser's three masts.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98544.

USNHC
Providence 180k

USS Providence (CLG 6) View amidships, looking aft, taken at the Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard while she was undergoing an inclining experiment, 12 July 1970. Note radar antennas and other electronic gear, boats and boat-handling equipment. The carrier USS Ranger (CVA 61) is partially visible in the drydock at the top center of the photograph.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98545.

USNHC
Providence 134k

USS Providence (CLG 6) View aft, taken at the Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard while she was undergoing an inclining experiment, 12 July 1970. Note Mark 9 twin-arm launcher for "Terrier" guided missiles and the pair of missile guidance radars, satellite communications antenna, and stowed underway replenishment gear. The large blocks on the main deck edges are weights used during the inclining experiment.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98546.

USNHC
Providence 122k

USS Providence (CLG 6) Underway in Puget Sound after her visit to Seattle, Washington, for the Seafair, August 1971.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #USN 1149442.

National Archives
Providence 88k

USS Providence (CLG 6) Framed by the U.S. Ensign while underway in a harbor, circa the early 1970s. The original print was received in 1973.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98547.

USNHC
Providence
04010629
654k Ex-Providence heading up the Mare Island channel to the Reserve Fleet berthing area on 23 February 1974. She is assisted by Orono (YTB-190), Yuma (YTM 748) and Satanta (YTM 270) Darryl Baker

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Jackson Jr., William Bennett, CAPT   05/15/1945 - 02/23/1946
Ryan Jr., Thomas John, CAPT RADM 02/23/1946 - 10/03/1946
Robertson, Armand James, CAPT RADM 10/03/1946 - 08/08/1947
Riggs Jr., Whitaker Forcha, CAPT   08/08/1947 - 06/30/1948
Krick, Harold David, CAPT   06/30/1948 - 06/14/1949
Decommissioned   06/14/1949 - 07/17/1949
Veth, Kenneth Leroy, CAPT RADM 09/17/1959 - 09/02/1960
Kefauver, Russell, CAPT   09/02/1960 - 08/26/1961
Voegelin, Byron Dorland, CAPT   08/26/1961- 10/13/1962
Shupper, Burton Herbert, CAPT RADM 10/12/1962 - 10/16/1963
Walley, Marion Chambliss, CAPT   10/16/1963 - 10/31/1964
La Roque, Gene Robert, CAPT RADM 10/31/1964 - 10/15/1965
Tisdale Jr., Charles Henry, CAPT RADM 10/15/1965 - 02/13/1967
Aubrey Jr., Norbert Eugene, CAPT   02/13/1967 - 08/03/1968
Hollyfield Jr., Ernest Edward, CAPT   08/03/1968 - 10/28/1969
McWethy, Robert Devore, CAPT RADM 10/28/1969 - 02/03/1971
Morgan, Henry Sturgis, CAPT   02/03/1971 - 06/22/1971
Haynes, Kenneth George, CAPT RADM 06/22/1971 - 06/17/1972
Gibbons Jr., Paul Coy, CAPT RADM 06/17/1972 - 06/15/1973
Nelson, Herbert Franklin, CAPT   06/15/1973 - 08/31/1973

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


USS PROVIDENCE (CL 82/CLG 6/CG 6) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Sam Villa
Address: PO Box 161182 San Diego, CA 92176
Phone: (619) 299-8531
E-mail: villasam@hotmail.com


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
USS Providence CL-82/CLG-6 Website

Back To The Main Photo Index Back To The Cruiser Photo Index Page

Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster

This Page Is Created And Maintained By Paul R. Yarnall
All Pages Copyright © 1996 - 2014 NavSource Naval History. All Rights Reserved.
Last updated on 04/05/2014