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USS BAINBRIDGE (DLGN/CGN 25)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


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


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
CLASS - BAINBRIDGE
Displacement 7,800 Tons, Dimensions, 565' (oa) x 57' 8" x 29' (Max)
Armament 2 Terrier SAM, (80 Missiles) 2 x 3"/50, ASROC (8 Missiles) 6 x12.75" TT.
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; 2 G.E. Reactors (D2G), Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Crew 475.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 05 MAY 1959 at Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, MA
Launched 15 APR 1961
Commissioned 06 OCT 1962
Decommissioned 13 SEP 1996
Stricken 13 SEP 1996
Fate: Disposed - Hulk recycling completed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 30 OCT 1999

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Service Award
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5)
Third Row - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (2) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (9) - Southwest Asia Service Medal (2) - Humanitarian Service Medal
Fifth Row - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (17) - Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


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Bainbridge
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79k Commodore William Bainbridge, ships namesake. USNHC
Bainbridge
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128k Bainbridge was sponsored by Susan Bainbridge Goodale, a decendant of the ship's namesake. Ron Reeves
Bainbridge
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91k Bainbridge was sponsored by Susan Bainbridge Goodale, a decendant of the ship's namesake. Dale Hargrave
Bainbridge 159k Bainbridge (DLGN 25) enters the water for the first time, as she is launched at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, 15 April 1961.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98110.

USNHC
Bainbridge
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470k Aerial view of launch, 15 April 1961. Dale Hargrave
Bainbridge 207k First Day Postal Cover for the launching of Bainbridge. Robert M. Cieri
Bainbridge
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266k Commissioning program, 06 October 1962. Dale Hargrave
Bainbridge 156k USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) commissioning ceremonies, at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, 6 October 1962.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98111.

USNHC
Bainbridge 129k USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) - View on the ship's after deck during her commissioning ceremonies, 6 October 1962. Terrier guided missiles are in the foreground. The ceremonies were held at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98112.

USNHC
Bainbridge 28k (Small) Port view. USN
Bainbridge 75k Undated starboard bow view. Robert Hirst
Bainbridge
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38k Starboard bow view while in a high speed turn to port. Date and location unknown. Robert Hirst
Bainbridge 73k Close up of the superstructure of the Bainbridge as seen in 1962. The prominent crane on the bridge face is for ASROC replenishment while her foremast is equipped with her diesel emergency exhaust stack. Both the foremast and lattice mainmast are loaded with radars, missile guidance controls, IFF units and radio direction finders. USN
Bainbridge 284k

Starboard bow view while underway in 1962.

U.S. Navy photo.

Robert M. Cieri
Bainbridge 122k USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) Underway during her sea trials, 2-3 September 1962. Photographed by Areostatico.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98103.

Fred Weiss
Bainbridge 231k First Day Postal Cover for the Sea Trials of USS Bainbridge. Robert M. Cieri
Bainbridge 165k

USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) underway at sea, 20 September 1962.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98104.

Fred Weiss
Bainbridge 389k

USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) Underway 20 September 1962

U.S. Navy photo.

Robert M. Cieri
Bainbridge 74k USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) fires a Terrier guided missile from her forward launcher, during sea trials, probably circa November 1962.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98114.

USNHC
Bainbridge
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70k

USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) underway in January 1963. Photographed by PH1 B.L. Bennett. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center.

USNHC Photograph #NH 98105

Robert Hurst
Bainbridge 45k USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) - ASROC missile leaves its launcher, during an anti-submarine warfare/fire power demonstration, 15 August 1963.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98116.

USNHC
Bainbridge 75k USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) - Terrier BW-1 guided missile just after leaving the ship's after launcher, and just prior to boost phase blast, during an anti-submarine warfare/fire power demonstration, 15 August 1963. This missile made a direct hit on the drone target seconds after this picture was taken.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98113.

USNHC
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
Bainbridge 133k USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) in drydock #5, Charleston Naval Shipyard, in 1964. U.S. Navy Photo. Robert Hall
CVAN-65 Enterprise
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53k

Carrier Division Three, First Nuclear Powered Task Group in Combat, Vietnam, 2 December 1965. USS Enterprise (CVAN 65), with Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9); USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25); USS Barry (DD 933); USS Samuel B. Roberts (DD 823).

[On 2 December 1965] "Enterprise became the first nuclear powered warship to engage in combat operations when aircraft of Attack Carrier Air Wing NINE launched 118 sorties against the Viet Cong in South Vietnam. For the rest of the month, the Big E carried out a relentless campaign against the enemy, primarily in North Vietnam, blasting military facilities, transportation networks, military storage areas, and barges and junks carrying supplies to the Communist forces in South Vietnam." Quoted from the ship's Command History for 1965.

Richard Allen, crew member May 1963 to October 1967
Bainbridge
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235k Welcome Aboard booklet, cover, circa 1966 - 1969. Darryl Baker
Bainbridge
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305l Welcome Aboard booklet, page 2, circa 1966 - 1969. Darryl Baker
Bainbridge
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339k Welcome Aboard booklet, page 3, circa 1966 - 1969. Darryl Baker
Bainbridge
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169k Welcome Aboard booklet, page 4, circa 1966 - 1969. Darryl Baker
Bainbridge 80k Subic Bay Philippines Islands, March 1966. Richard Leonhardt.
Bainbridge
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581k 23 November 1966, leaving Pearl Harbor, HI.  
Bainbridge 56k November 1966. Bows on view. Craig Hubbard.
Bainbridge
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706k Attached is another photo from the Bob Young collection, given to him by the ship's photographer while he was on Ticonderoga 1968-69.
Carol Edgemon Hipperson
Bainbridge 176 Seen here in September, 1968 cruising in the Pacific, the Bainbridge was the prototype U. S. Navy nuclear frigate. USN
Bainbridge 56k 1969 in the South China Sea. Port side veiw. William P. Jones, M.D.
Bainbridge 56k 1969 in the South China Sea. Stern veiw. William P. Jones, M.D.
Bainbridge 78k 1969 in the South China Sea. Stern quarter veiw. William P. Jones, M.D.
Bainbridge 124k

USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) underway in the Pacific Ocean, 23 March 1971.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #USN 1147515.

Fred Weiss
Bainbridge 210k Port side view, off the coast of Long Beach, April 1971 CAPT Dallas Bethea, USN (Ret.)
Bainbridge
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264k USS Bainbridge alongside USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63) in December, 1973, en route to the Philippines from Long Beach, CA. Dallas Bethea
Captain, U.S. Navy Retired
Bainbridge 217k Post July 1975 bumpersticker. Robert M. Cieri
Bainbridge 260k Welcome Aboard Booklet, Circa 1977. Robert M. Cieri
Bainbridge
04012554
103k

USS Bainbridge (CGN 25), running post-modernization acceptance trials, April 1977.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph. Photo #: USN 1170202

Robert Hurst
Bainbridge
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884k Starboard side view while underway during post-modernization acceptance trials, April 1977 (caption updated by Robert Hurst) Charles Lamm
Bainbridge 147k April, 1977 photo of the Bainbridge off the California coast following her rebuilding. USN
Bainbridge
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176k At anchor, three miles off Pusan (now Busan), Korea, in early 1978. David Palmbeck
Bainbridge
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128k Flight Ops in the Sea of Japan, 1978. David Palmbeck
Bainbridge
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139k

USS Bainbridge (CGN 25), Makes a high speed turn while operating in the Pacific, March 1979. Note that she has been fitted with quadruple Harpoon guided missile canisters by her after superstructure. The starboard canisters point aft.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph. Photo #: USN 1174727

Robert Hurst
Bainbridge 108k

Seen in April, 1979, off the coast of California, the newly modernized Bainbridge is equipped with the NTDS broadband HF antenna at her bow. She carries an SPS-48 three dimensional radar on her foremast and her new mainmast carries a LAMPS data link antenna and a UHF/DF array at its peak. She is now equipped to operate LAMPS helicopters. Her original twin 3"/50s have been replaced by quadruple Harpoon missile launchers and an erected underway replenishment tripod crane sits atop her after missile magazine.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #USN 1174728.

USN
Bainbridge 241k 1 October 1980 Robert M. Cieri
Bainbridge 339k Welcome Aboard Booklet, Circa 1982. Robert M. Cieri
Bainbridge 122k USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) Alongside USS Iowa (BB 61) at Norfolk, VA, Aug 1985. Rick Rowan
Bainbridge 95k USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) Alongside USS Iowa (BB 61) at Norfolk, VA, Aug 1985. Rick Rowan
Bainbridge 64k USS Bainbridge (CGN 25) fires a Standard guided missile during operations at sea, circa the 1980s or early 1990s.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 98115-KN.

USNHC
Bainbridge 131k

USS Bainbridge (CGN 25) underway in the Suez Canal on 27 February 1992, while en route to the Mediterranean Sea with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) battle group. Photographed by CWO2 A.A. Alleyne, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Cente #NH 98107-KNr.

Fred Weiss
Bainbridge 400k Deactivation Booklet, 6 October 1995 Robert M. Cieri
Bainbridge
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129k Engineering department patch. David Palmbeck

Public Affairs Officer History 1959 - 1966: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12 (from Darryl Baker)

WestPac 1969 Command History: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4 (from Darryl Baker)

Abbreviated Command History 1962 - : Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8 (from Robert M. Cieri)


Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Peet, Raymond Edward, CAPT VADM 10/06/62 - 07/27/64
Castle, Hal Cushman, CAPT   07/27/64 - 12/17/66
Doyle Jr., James Henry, CAPT VADM 12/17/66 - 08/30/70
Sheridan, William Raymond, CAPT   08/30/70 - 02/09/74
Newell, Byron Bruce, CAPT RADM 02/09/74 - 03/26/77
Almstedt Jr., Theodore Adalbert, CAPT RADM 03/26/77 - 05/20/80
Shaw, John Frederick, CAPT RADM 05/20/80 - 06/24/83
Reason, John Paul, CAPT VADM 06/24/83 - 06/28/86
Gilmartin, John Thomas, CAPT   06/28/86 - 06/23/89
Bergen Jr., Laurence Michael., CAPT   06/23/89 - 12/23/91
Ziller Jr., Gary Marion, CAPT   12/23/91 - 11/24/93
Brown, James Michael, CAPT   11/24/93 - 09/13/96

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


USS BAINBRIDGE (DLGN/CGN 25) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Dave LaFave
Address: PO Box 11439, Bainbridge Island,WA 98110
Phone: (206) 473-7839
E-mail: dave_marlenelafave@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 Bainbridge Reunion Association
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