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USS LEAHY (DLG/CG 16)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


From commissioning to 1967

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

From 1968 to decommissioning

       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Whiskey - Delta - Lima


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
CLASS - LEAHY
Displacement 5,600 Tons, Dimensions, 533' (oa) x 53' 6" x 25' 3" (Max)
Armament 2 Terrier 2x2, (80 Missiles) 4 x 3"/50, ASROC (8 Missiles) 6 x12.75" TT.
Machinery, 85,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 34 Knots, Crew 377.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 3 DEC 1959 by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, ME
Launched 01 JUL 1961
Commissioned 04 AUG 1962
Decommissioned 18 FEB 1967
Commissioned 1969
Reclassified CG 16 1 JUL 1975
Decommissioned 01 OCT 1993
Stricken on 01 OCT 1993
Fate: Sold for scrap to International Shipbreaking Limited, Brownsville, TX

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

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Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy, USN (1875-1959) --
7th Chief of Naval Operations, 2 January 1937 - 1 August 1939;
Senior Member of the World War II Joint Chiefs of Staff

William Daniel Leahy was born in Hampton, Iowa, on 6 May 1875. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1897 and was assigned to the battleship Oregon, serving in her through the Spanish-American War. In 1899, Ensign Leahy was sent to the Asiatic Station, where he participated in the supression of the Philippine Insurrection and of the Boxer Rebellion in China. In the decade following his return to the United States in 1904, he served in the cruisers Boston and California, was an instructor at the Naval Academy and chief of staff to the commander of U.S. forces in Nicaragua.

In 1915-16, Leahy was Commanding Officer of the gunboat Dolphin in the Caribbean area. He was next the Executive Officer of battleship Nevada, and, during the First World War, commanded the transport Princess Matoika. During the first half of the 1920s, Captain Leahy commanded the cruiser Saint Louis and battleship New Mexico. Promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in 1927, he served as Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, was Commander of the Scouting Force's destroyers and was Chief of the Bureau of Navigation. In 1935 he became Commander, Battleships, Battle Force, with the rank of Vice Admiral and then flew his four-star flag as Commander, Battle Force.

In January 1937, Admiral Leahy became Chief of Naval Operations, serving for more than two years during a period marked by increasing tensions in the Far East and Europe and by a gradual expansion of the Navy. During this time he frequently had additional duty as Acting Secretary of the Navy. Following retirement in August 1939, Leahy was appointed Governor of Puerto Rico. In late 1940, he became the United States Ambassador to France, serving in that very demanding position until April 1942.

Upon his return home, Admiral Leahy was recalled to Navy service as Aide to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and as Senior Member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As such, he played a critical role in the strategy, diplomacy and execution of the Second World War. In recognition of these accomplishments, he received promotion to the rank of Fleet Admiral in December 1944. After Roosevelt's death in April 1945, Leahy continued in his posts, assisting President Harry S. Truman in bringing about final victory against Germany and Japan and then helping to guide the Nation in the early post-war years. Though he retired in 1949, Fleet Admiral Leahy technically remained on active duty until his death on 20 July 1959.

USS Leahy (DLG-16, later cg 16) was named in honor of Fleet Admiral Leahy.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photo #NH 49841

Bill Gonyo
Leahy 220k Bows on view, underway for sea trials - in the Kennebec River in 1961. Official Bath Iron Works Image
Leahy 220k Stern view, underway for sea trials - in the Kennebec River in 1961. Official Bath Iron Works Image
Leahy 26k Port view. (Small image) USN
Leahy 183k Underway, Starboard view from waterline. USN
Leahy 191k Detailed image of the forward missile launcher, The ASROC launcher can be seen at the bottom of the superstructure. USN
Leahy 155k Stern View, underway. USN
Leahy 220k Excellent stern view. Note that the 3"/50's are still present. USN Photo. David Smith
Leahy 131k The Leahy at speed at sea,showing her clean futuristic lines. Terrier missiles are mounted fore and aft and her masts and stacks are combined into "macks". USN
Leahy 210k Port bow overhead view. Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Toro
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The Toro (SS 422) moored dockside at Pier 8, West of the Boston Naval Shipyard in 1963. The ship on the opposite side of Pier 8 is USS Leahy (DLG 16).

U.S. Navy photo # 14452-1

Stephen P. Carlson
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177K Port bow view while Med-Moored in Genoa, Italy on 04 August 1964. Carlo Martinelli
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183K Starboard bow view while Med-Moored in Genoa, Italy on 04 August 1964. Carlo Martinelli
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214k Port bow view while Med-Moored in Genoa, Italy on 04 August 1964. Carlo Martinelli
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88k Starboard bow view while underway in 1966, location unknown. Robert Hurst
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109k Leahy mooring at Pier 88 in New Your City during a Midshipman's Cruise, 10 JUN 1966. Robert M. Cieri
Leahy 101k June 1, 1968 photo of the Leahy emerging from the Philadelphia Navy Yard after her AAW modernization. Major improvements included installation of NTDS (Naval Tactical Data System) housed in a new amidships deckhouse, communication antennas on her bow, foremast mounted SPS-48 radar, and missile fire control systems and guidance radars mounted fore and aft. USN
Leahy 66k Firing Missile off Newport, June 29 1970. © Richard Leonhardt
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66k Somewhere in the Carribean, 1974. Jerry L. Gayre
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493k Virginian-Pilot news article.  
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50k At anchor off Portsmouth, England, 1975 Jerry L. Gayre
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70k First day in Leningrad, Russia, May 1975. USS Tattnall (DDG 19) is outboard of Leahy. Jerry L. Gayre
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84k Guests coming on board, Leningrad, Russia, May 1975. Jerry L. Gayre
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51k Leahy and USS Luce (DLG 7) in Palma, Spain, 1975. Jerry L. Gayre
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75k At anchor, Finale Ligure, Italy, 1975. Jerry L. Gayre
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44k At anchor, Istanbul, Turkey, 1975. Jerry L. Gayre
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59k At anchor in Monaco. Jerry L. Gayre
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53k A nice day in the Caribbean, November 1975 Jerry L. Gayre
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Missile shot off the aft launcher, December 1975.

Photo taken by GMM2 C. Ray.

Jerry L. Gayre
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75k Starboard side view while underway, 21 JAN 1976. Robert M. Cieri
Leahy 96k Port bow view departing San Diego, May 1978. CAPT Dallas Bethea, USN (Ret.)
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Oblique port bow view of (front to back) the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64), USS Niagara Falls (AFS 3) and the guided missile cruiser USS Leahy (CG 16) underway, December 1979.

US Navy photo (DVIC id: DNST8511030).

Defense Visual Information Center
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106k The combat stores ship USS Niagara Falls (AFS 3), alongside the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64) and the guided missile cruiser USS Leahy (CG 16), underway in the South China Sea whilst part of Carrier Task Force 77.7. Defense Visual Information Center
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USS Mispillion (AO-105) refueling USS Leahy (CG-16) and USS Sample (FF-1048), 1 December 1980.

Defenseimagery.mil photo # VIRIN: DN-SC-84-02652. a US Navy photo now in the collections of Defense Imagery.

Robert Hurst
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45k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1983. Robert M. Cieri
Leahy 220k Apr 1, 1983 -- Pacific Ocean: A view of an RGM-84 surface-to-surface Harpoon missile, immediately after leaving a canister launcher aboard the cruiser USS Leahy (CG 16), near the Pacific Missile Test Center, Calif. USN Photo. Fred Weiss
Leahy 79k Starboard bow view, anchored in Singapore harbor about 1987. OS1 (SW) Goss, USN (Ret.)
Leahy 96k Taken after her New Threat Upgrade (NTU). I guess the best way (most obvious way) to tell the difference between NTU and her "previous" days is the presence of the URN-25 TACAN on the forward mack.Photo 1990 -91. Ozzie Monge.
Leahy 79k Moored, Starboard side to, Hong Kong harbor, August 1991. Outboard of USS Leahy is USS Rentz (FFG 46). Also visible are the Hong Kong fleet ships P239 Peacock and P240 Plover. William Chiu
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45k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1993. Robert M. Cieri
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84k Starboard side view while underway, 1993. Robert M. Cieri

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Baughan Jr., Robert Louis, CAPT RADM 08/04/1962 - 07/08/1964
Anastasion, Steven Nicholas, CAPT   07/08/1964 - 02/04/1967
Bauman Jr., Charles Joseph, CDR   02/04/1967 - 02/18/1967
Gooch Jr., Floyd Warne, CAPT   02/18/1967 - 05/04/1968
Murray Jr., William Booth, CAPT   05/04/1968 - 07/23/1969
Putman, Orlin Neil, CAPT   07/23/1969 - 02/20/1971
Hoffmann, Roy Francis, CAPT RADM 02/20/1971 - 09/12/1972
Jordan Jr., Watt William, CAPT   09/12/1972 - 08/01/1974
Sinclair, Alexander Malcolm, CAPT RADM 08/01/1974 - 10/23/1976
Pearlman, Samuel Saul, CAPT   10/23/1976 - 11/12/1978
Ulrich, Charles Henry, CAPT   11/12/1978 - 03/15/1981
Salmon Jr., Walter William., CAPT   03/15/1981 - 07/23/1983
Bailey, Fred Wilkin, CAPT   07/23/1983 - 07/25/1985
Anderson, Gerald Duane, CAPT   07/25/1985 - 07/18/1987
Stark, James Reynolds, CAPT RADM 07/18/1987 - 11/01/1989
West, Richard D., CAPT RADM 11/01/1989 - 11/23/1991
Smith, William Harold, CAPT   11/23/1991 - 06/19/1993
Jaszkowski, Mark Thomas, LCDR   06/19/1993 - 10/01/1993

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


USS LEAHY (DLG/CG 16) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Robert Jefferies
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E-mail: bljeffries@embarqmail.com
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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.


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Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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