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USS RICHMOND K. TURNER (DLG/CG 20)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Romeo - Kilo - Tango


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 09 JAN 1961 by New York Shipbuilding Corp. Camden, NJ
Launched 06 APR 1963
Commissioned 13 JUN 1964
Reclassified CG 20 on 30 JUN 1975
Decommissioned 31 MAR 1995
Stricken 31 MAR 1995
Fate Sunk as target 09 AUG 1998 near Puerto Rico.

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Richmond K Turner
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ADM (RADM in this photo) Richmond Kelly Turner (ship's namesake) on the bridge of USS Rocky Mount AGC 3 enroute to Kwajalein, January 1944.

National Archives photo #80-G-227738.

Robert M. Cieri
Richmond K Turner 04012008 471k Commissioning booklet, 13 June 1964. Robert M. Cieri
Richmond K Turner 84k Undated, Port view. USN
Richmond K Turner 108k Undated, Starboard view. USN
Richmond K Turner 160k

Undated port bow view.

U.S. Navy Photo.

Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Kennedy
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USS Richmond K. Turner (CG 20) and behind her with the yellow crane is the decommissioned USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr (DD 850), obviously being stripped of material.

Navy Photo CTR--K-101613.

Ed Zajkowski
Richmond K Turner
04012009
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Starboard side view, underway off Cape Henry, Virginia 13 May 1975. Photo taken by PH2 Friedman.

US Navy Photo #K-107527

Robert M. Cieri
Richmond K Turner 67k In the North Atlantic, refuling from the USS Kalamazoo (AOR 6), October 1975. Richard Leonhardt
Richmond K Turner 67k Med-moored at Barcelona, Spain, on July 11, 1979, alongside the Farragut-class guided missile destroyer USS King (DDG 41). Though they looked quite different, both were built as guided missile "frigates" (DLG) -- the Leahys being, in fact, the immediate successors to the Farraguts. On June 30, 1975, the Leahys were reclassified as "cruisers", while the Farraguts became "destroyers". Note Richmond K. Turner was fitted with Harpoon launchers aft, replacing 3"/50 twin gun mounts. Fabio Peņa
Richmond K Turner 79k The forward superstructure had an impressive appearance. This photo (taken at Barcelona, Spain, on Nov. 29, 1980) shows the ASROC launcher, the forward pair of SPG-55B missile guidance radars (one of them partially hidden by a SATCOM antenna), the SPS-48 3D radar, and a set of ESM/ECM antennas, some of them covered under radomes, some uncovered, and some cantilevered out from the ship's structure. Fabio Peņa
Richmond K Turner 76k This view (29 November 1980) shows the aft missile launcher and missile guidance radars. Note the TACAN and 2D air search radar on the after "mack", and a quad Harpoon canister in place of a twin 3"/50 gun mount. Phalanx had not yet been installed. Fabio Peņa
Richmond K Turner
04012010
36k Starboard bow view while underway on 27 September 1981, location unknown. Robert Hurst

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Plate, Douglas Caufield, CAPT VADM 06/19/1964 - 08/14/1965
McLane III, Alpine William, CAPT   08/14/1965 - 05/1967
Smith, Floyd Earnest, CAPT   05/1967 - 12/1968
Worley, Carson Robert, CAPT   12/1968 - 08/1970
Haynes, Kenneth George, CAPT RADM 08/1970 - 05/05/1971
Capone Jr., Lucien, CAPT RADM 05/25/1972 - 03/16/1974
Lyons Jr., James Aloysius (Ace), CAPT ADM 03/16/1974 - 06/06/1975
Sullivan, William Wesley, CAPT   06/06/1975 - 08/1977
Simon, Roger Oscar, CAPT RADM 08/1977 - 01/1980
Gneckow, Gerald Eugene (Jerry), CAPT RADM 01/11/1980 - 01/19/1983
Robinson, David Brooks, CAPT VADM 01/19/1983 - 07/16/1984
Morrison, Vance H., CAPT   07/16/1984 - 02/26/1986
Luke, John Davidson, CAPT   02/26/1986 - 03/25/1988
Lassiter, Ronald Lawrence, CAPT   03/25/1988 - 05/31/1990
Burke, James L., CAPT   05/31/1990 - 06/12/1992
Allin, John W., CAPT   06/12/1992 - 04/13/1995

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


USS RICHMOND K. TURNER (DLG/CG 20) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Phil Habib
Address: 117 Elaine St., Goose Creek, SC 29445-3171
Phone: 843-569-0981
E-mail: phil@rkturner.net
Date: 2007, possibly October
Location: Branson, MO


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.
Richmond K. Turner website

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