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USS LONG BEACH (CLGN 160/CGN 160/CGN 9)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Zulu - Xray - Bravo


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
CLASS - LONG BEACH
Displacement 14,200 Tons, Dimensions, 721' 3" (oa) x 73' 3" x 31' (Max)
Armament 1 Talos 1 x 2, (52 Missiles) 2 Terrier 2x2, (120 Missiles) 2 x 5"/38,
ASROC (20 Missiles) 6 x12.75" TT.
Machinery, 80,000 SHP; 2 Westinghouse Reactors (C1W), G.E. Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Crew 1100.
Operational and Building Data
Reclassified CGN 160 06 DEC 1956 Keel laid on 02 DEC 1957 at Bethlehem Steel Co., Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, MA
Reclassified CGN 9 01 JUL 1958
Launched 14 JUL 1959
Commissioned 09 SEP 1961
Decommissioned 01 MAY 1995
Stricken 01 May 1995
Fate: Stricken - Superstructure and Nuclear Reactor recycled at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 25 September 2002.
Hull auctioned for scrap to Tacoma Metals on 12 July 2012 for around $900,000..

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)- Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (6) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal
Fourth Row - Humanatarian Service Medal - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Coast Guard Special Operations Service Medal
Fifth Row - Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudia Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


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Long Beach is about to receive her bow at Quincy, MA in May 1959.

From the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum

Darryl Baker
Long Beach
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Attendees at the ship's launching, at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, 14 July 1959. Those resent are (from left to right):

Captain Francis A. Burke, Chaplain, First Naval District;
Vice Admiral Wallace M. Beakley, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations;
Captain Fred L. Ruhlman, Commandant, Boston Naval Shipyard;
Vice Admiral Hyman G. Rickover;
Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, Chief of Naval Operations;
Mrs. Craig Hosmer, ship's Sponsor;
Rear Admiral Ralph K. James, Chief, Bureau of Ships;
Rear Admiral Carl F. Espe, Commandant, First Naval District; and
Captain Edgar H. Batcheller, Supervisor of Shipbuilding at the Quincy shipyard.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 51358.

Bill Gonyo
Long Beach
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Caption:

"(BX7) QUINCY, MASS., July 14---FIRST NUCLEAR POWERED CRUISER---The first fighting ship of its kind in American naval history--a nuclear powered, rocket firing, plane and submarine hunting ceuiser--was floated at high tide after christened the USS Long Beach, here today. Mrs. Craig Hosmer, wife of U.S. Rep. Hosmer of Long Beach, Calif., shattered the traditional bottle of champagne on the A-cruiser's bow, as a croud of some 10,000 persons watched. (AP WIREPHOTO) (wcc31815usn)"

Tommy Trampp
Long Beach
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USS Long Beach CGN-9
entering Boston Harbor Early Sept 1961 prior to Commissioning on Sept 9, 1961. Picture taken from USS Boston CAG-1 tie up at South Boston Annex Jetty.
Roy Williams
Long Beach
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USS Long Beach CGN-9 entering Boston Harbor Early Sept 1961 prior to Commissioning on Sept 9, 1961. Picture taken from USS Boston CAG-1 tie up at South Boston Annex Jetty.
Roy Williams
Long Beach
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124k USS Long Beach CGN-9 entering Boston Harbor Early Sept 1961 prior to Commissioning on Sept 9, 1961. Picture taken from USS Boston CAG-1 tie up at South Boston Annex Jetty. Roy Williams
Long Beach
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149k USS Long Beach CGN-9 approaching pier at South Boston annex Early Sept 1961 prior to Commissioning on Sept 9, 1961. Picture taken from USS Boston CAG-1 tie up at South Boston Annex Jetty. Roy Williams
Long Beach 120K Commissioning Invitation. Robert M. Cieri
Long Beach 426K Commissioning Booklet, 09 SEPT 1961 Robert M. Cieri
Long Beach
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156k Commissioning Postal Cover for the cruiser USS Long Beach (CGN 9), postmarked aboard ship on 9 Sept 1961 at Bethlehem Steel Company in Quincy, MA.
 
Long Beach 23k Seen here in a high speed turn. USN
Long Beach 126k Port side view. USN
Long Beach 65k 3 generations of USN cruisers, Long Beach moored outboard, A Cleveland Class Gun cruiser in the middle and a Balitmore class missile conversion moored inside. USN
Long Beach 172k Underway, Port bow. USN
Long Beach 140k Overhead, showing details. USN
Long Beach 152k Undated port bow view. USN
Long Beach 198k Good view of missile system. USN
Long Beach 178k Excellent overhead image. USN
Long Beach 105k Undated stern view. USN
Long Beach 89k Undated port bow view. Allen Kirkpatrick
OSC USN-RET
Long Beach 97k Starboard side view at anchor in the Med. Date unknown. Manolo Budiño
Long Beach 95k Undated port bow view. Robert Hirsh
Long Beach 240k Undated starboard bow view. Robert M. Cieri
Long Beach 407k Undated port bow view. Robert M. Cieri
Long Beach 318K Starboard bow view while underway. Not the AN/SPS-49 radar antenna on the platform mast aft. This was most likely added during her Mid-Life Conversion Phase II which was performed from 6 OCT 1980 to 26 MAR 1983. Robert M. Cieri
Long Beach
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84k The two 5-Inch/38 gun mounts which were installed midships as directed my President Kennedy.  
Long Beach 62k South Boston, November 1960. Richard Leonhardt
Long Beach
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USS Long Beach (CGN 9) underway in Boston Harbor in the summer of 1961.

U.S. Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11827

Stephen P. Carlson
Long Beach
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Assisted by the tug Coatopa (YTB-382), USS Long Beach (CGN 9) is maneuvered in Dry Dock 3 at the South Boston Annex of Boston Naval Shipyard on 7 July 1961.

U.S. Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11830

Stephen P. Carlson
Long Beach
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Assisted by the tug Coatopa (YTB-382), USS Long Beach (CGN 9) is maneuvered in Dry Dock 3 at the South Boston Annex of Boston Naval Shipyard on 7 July 1961.

U.S. Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11830

Stephen P. Carlson
Long Beach
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Port bow Aerial view while underway in Massachusetts Bay on her first Builder's Sea Trials from Bethlehem Steel Corporation Shipyard at Quincy, 7 July 1961. Note that the AN/SPS-33 antennas have not yet been installed on the superstructure, the ASROC launcher has not yet been placed midships.

U.S. Navy photo #USN-1056851

Robert M. Cieri
Long Beach 65k The Talos missile launcher, 18 JUL 1961. USN
Long Beach
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View of the 9 September 1961 commissioning ceremony for USS Long Beach (CGN 9) at the West Jetty of the South Boston Annex of Boston Naval Shipyard.

U.S. Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11838

Stephen P. Carlson
Long Beach
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View of the commissioning ceremonies of USS Long Beach (CGN 9) at Quincy, Mass on 9 September 1961.

From the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.

Darryl Baker
Long Beach 84k

USS Long Beach firing a Terrier missile, OCT 1961.

National Archives photo- KN 6935.

National Archives
Long Beach 57k South Boston Naval Annex, November 1961. Richard Leonhardt
Long Beach 84k

USS Enterprise (CVAN 65) underway in formation with USS Long Beach (CGN 9), center, and USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25), at top, probably in the Mediterranean Sea in June-July 1964. Members of Enterprise's crew are in a flight deck formation spelling out Albert Einstein's equation for nuclear energy. Planes on her flight deck include 9 A-5, 22 A-4; 10 F-4; 14 F-8 and 2 E-1 types. Those aft are parked in an arrowhead arrangement. The photograph was released for publication on 30 July 1964, upon the commencement of Operation "Sea Orbit", the circumnavigation of the World by Task Force One, made up of the Navy's first three nuclear-powered surface ships.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH98108.

USNHC
Long Beach 113k Operation "Sea Orbit" — On July 31, 1964, USS Enterprise (CVAN 65) (bottom), USS Long Beach (CGN 9) (center) and USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) (top) formed "Task Force One", the first nuclear-powered Task Force, and were sent on a 30,565-mile, 65-day voyage around the world, reminiscent of that of the 16 battleships of the "Great White Fleet" in 1907-09. Accomplished without a single refueling or replenishment, Operation "Sea Orbit" demonstrated the capability of nuclear-powered surface ships to operate in remote areas at high speeds without logistic support. (Several people have contributed this info. Thanks to Dave Dandrea; LCDR Tom Davis, USN (Ret) ; David Powell; and Chas Folcik). USN Photo
Long Beach 78k

Task Group of Nuclear-Powered Surface Ships operating in formation in the Mediterranean Sea, 18 June 1964. The ships are the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVAN 65), at left; the guided-missile cruiser USS Long Beach (CGN 9), in center; and the guided-missile frigate USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25), at right. Enterprise crewmembers are spelling out Albert Einstein's equation for nuclear energy on the flight deck.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# KN-9027).

Scott Dyben
CVAN-65 Enterprise
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United States Ships Enterprise, Long Beach, Bainbridge. Commander Carrier Division Two. Nuclear Task Force One. Around the World Cruise, 1964.

Operation Sea Orbit.

Richard Allen, crew member May 1963 to October 1967
Long Beach
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223k Port side view while at anchor in Subic Bay in 1966. Lee Noland STGC(SW)
USN (Ret.)
Long Beach
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¾ overhead view of the USS Long Beach (CGN-9) just before entering Pearl Harbor Channel, Oahu, Hawaii, 17 June 1966. Photographer: PH1/AC – W.P. Lyons. From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex CV 9).

U.S. Navy #1117428

Chris Stanley
Long Beach
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42k Highlining between USS Long Beach and USS Allen M. Sumner (DD 692) while on PIRAZ (Positive Identification Radar Advisory Zone) station off Viet Nam between 24 March and 5 April 1967. Kelly Brown
Long Beach
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42k Highlining between USS Long Beach and USS Allen M. Sumner (DD 692) while on PIRAZ (Positive Identification Radar Advisory Zone) station off Viet Nam between 24 March and 5 April 1967. Kelly Brown
Long Beach
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44k Highlining between USS Long Beach and USS Allen M. Sumner (DD 692) while on PIRAZ (Positive Identification Radar Advisory Zone) station off Viet Nam between 24 March and 5 April 1967. Kelly Brown
Long Beach
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50k Highlining between USS Long Beach and USS Allen M. Sumner (DD 692) while on PIRAZ (Positive Identification Radar Advisory Zone) station off Viet Nam between 24 March and 5 April 1967. Kelly Brown
Long Beach
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44k Highlining between USS Long Beach and USS Allen M. Sumner (DD 692) while on PIRAZ (Positive Identification Radar Advisory Zone) station off Viet Nam between 24 March and 5 April 1967. Kelly Brown
Long Beach
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52k Highlining between USS Long Beach and USS Allen M. Sumner (DD 692) while on PIRAZ (Positive Identification Radar Advisory Zone) station off Viet Nam between 24 March and 5 April 1967. Kelly Brown
Long Beach
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42k Highlining between USS Long Beach and USS Allen M. Sumner (DD 692) while on PIRAZ (Positive Identification Radar Advisory Zone) station off Viet Nam between 24 March and 5 April 1967. Kelly Brown
Long Beach
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  The USS Long Beach (CG-9) and the USS Intrepid (CVS 11) at Subic Bay in June 1967. Photo taken from USS Evans (DE 1023). Darryl Baker
Long Beach
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272k USS Long Beach (CGN 9) following an underway replenishment with the USS Niagara Falls (AFS 3) off the coast of Vietnam in 1969. Taken from the Niagara Falls by William P. Jones, M.D. former Medical Officer USS Niagara Falls. William P. Jones, M.D.
Long Beach
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USS Long beach (CGN 9) is about to enter Mare Island Channel on 11 March 1970. She was at the shipyard for a refueling overhaul. Note the Volkswagon and other vehicle on the 01 deck midships.

From the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum

Darryl Baker
Long Beach 359k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1973. Robert M. Cieri
Long Beach 372k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1974. Robert M. Cieri
Long Beach 300k Port bow view while underway off Catalina Island, CA, 27 JUN 1976 Robert M. Cieri
Long Beach
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289k USS Chicago (CG 11) (left) and USS Long Beach (CGN-9) (right) late 1978 or early 1979 in San Diego. John Slaughter, Webmaster, USS Ranger History & Memorial Site
Long Beach 179k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1979. Robert M. Cieri
Long Beach 220k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1980. Robert M. Cieri
Long Beach
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42k Starboard quarter view while underway, January 1980, location unknown. Note that the Talos launcher has been replaced by Harpoon launchers. Robert Hurst
Long Beach 78k

USS Nautilus (SSN 571), and USS Long Beach (CGN 9) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 31 Jan 1980. Nautilus was at the shipyard for inactivation.

US Navy photo #MSA 163841-1-80.

Darryl Baker
Long Beach
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3.2m Starboard side view while at anchor in Singapore, 11 February 1980. From the collection of Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores, Ltd. Chris Howell
Long Beach 312k A painting of USS Long Beach by T. Jones. Note that the Talos launchers have been removed. Darryl Baker
Chandler
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San Diego, CA, 9 April 1983 - Aerial port bow view of the nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser USS Long Beach (CGN 9) moored to a pier at Naval Air Station North Island, with the guided-missile destroyer USS Chandler (DDG 996) nested outboard.

U.S. Navy photo #DN-ST-86-01900 by: PHC L. Foster.

Robert M. Cieri
Long Beach 134k The USS Long Beach (CGN 9) as seen through the periscope of the USS Plunger (SSN 595). Photo taken during Plunger's 1986 WESTPAC cruise. Darryl Baker
Long Beach 107k Heading out for local ops in Southern California. Shot taken in Feb of 1987 from the USS Coronado (AGF 11) while pierside at North Island. Lacy Lee, RM1 Ret.
Long Beach 116k Docked at Hobart, Australia during Christmas 1987. Viewed looking from the bow to aft with two twin Mk-10 Terrier SAM launchers and two SPG-55 missile fire control radars. Long Beach is the only nuclear powered vessel ever allowed to dock at the Hobart wharves. All others have anchored mid-river. Nick Jansen
Long Beach 103k Mk-10 Terrier missile launcher and two SPG-55 fire control radars. Docked at Hobart, Australia during Christmas 1987. Nick Jansen
Long Beach 98k Starboard view, looking forward at the after end of the forward superstructure while docked at Hobart, Australia during Christmas 1987. Nick Jansen
Long Beach 199k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1988. Robert M. Cieri
Long Beach 78k USS Missouri (BB 63) in company with the USS Long Beach and others just prior to RIMPAC 88. Larry Lee
Long Beach 483k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1991. Robert M. Cieri
Long Beach 113k Port bow view while moored in Subic Bay, Philippines in October 1991. Rick Rowan
Long Beach 110k Port quarter view while moored in Subic Bay, Philippines in October 1991. Note the Armored Box Launchers on the fantail. Rick Rowan
Long Beach 128k Starboard bow view, underway, date unknown. Erich Utecht
Long Beach 154k The USS Long Beach (CGN 9) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, date unknown. Darryl Baker
Long Beach
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85k Port side view while underway in San Diego Harbor, 1992. David Buell
Long Beach 215k Deactivation Booklet, 03 JUL 1994. Robert M. Cieri
Long Beach 151k The ex USS Long Beach and some friends - namely the ex-USS Narwhal (SSN 671), ex-USS Drum (SSN 677) and beyond ex-USS Midway (CV 41) - Shot taken January of 2003 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard just a few months prior to the move of the Midway to San Diego. Also in the mix are some Spruance Class destroyers and the ex-USS Ranger (CV 61) on the far side but out of sight here. Larry Lee
Long Beach
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37k Ex- Long Beach (CGN 9), pretty much gutted and now just a hulk with a number. Note the decommissioned SSN and SSBN hulls alongside to port. March 2008. CDR Pete Leenhouts, USN (Ret.)
Long Beach
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177k Ex- Long Beach (CGN 9), still moored at the Puget Sount Naval Shipyard in early 2009. Scott Roche

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Wilkinson, Eugene Patrick, CAPT VADM 09/09/1961 - 09/11/1963
Price Jr., Frank Hoblitzel, CAPT VADM 09/11/1963 - 08/23/1966
Wallace, Kenneth Carroll, CAPT RADM 08/23/1966 - 06/15/1968
Spencer, William Allen, CAPT   06/15/1968 - 09/25/1972
Fahland, Frank Richard, CAPT RADM 09/25/1972 - 10/24/1975
Schrader Jr., Harry Christian, CAPT VADM 10/24/1975 - 07/18/1978
Bossart Jr., Edmund Belfour, CAPT   07/18/1978 - 02/1982
Triggs III, Frederick, CAPT   02/27/1982 - 02/23/1985
Weniger, Marvin Joseph, CAPT   02/1985 - 09/1987
Pollock III, John C., CAPT   09/1987 - 11/29/1990
Burns Jr., William Robert, CAPT   11/'29/1990 - 04/14/1993
Bersticker, Keith Paul, CAPT   04/14/1993 - 05/01/1995

(Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri, Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)


USS LONG BEACH (CLGN 160/CGN 160/CGN 9) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Don Shade
Address:299 Kiantone Road Jamestown, NY 14701
Phone: 866-3LB-CGN9
E-mail: LBCGN9@aol.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 Long Beach Reunion Association

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