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USS BELKNAP (DLG/CG 26)

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CLASS - BELKNAP
Displacement 8,957 Tons, Dimensions, 547' (oa) x 54' 10" x 29' (Max)
Armament 1 Terrier/ASROC (60 Missiles) 1 x 5"/54RF, 2 x 3"/50, 6 x12.75" TT.
Machinery, 85,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 34 Knots, Crew 400.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 05 FEB 1962 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME
Launched 20 July, 1963
Commissioned 07 NOV 1964
Reclassified CG 26 on 30 JUN 1975
Collided with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) on 22 NOV 1975 in the Ionian Sea.
Seven crew members were killed and 47 injured.
Decommissioned 20 DEC 1975
Commissioned MAY 1980
Decommissioned 15 FEB 1995
Stricken 15 FEB 1995
Fate Sunk as target on 24 SEP 1998
036° 31' 00.3" North
071° 58' 00.5" West
2050 fathoms

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USS Belknap (DLG 26) was named to honor two naval officers, Rear Admiral George E. Belknap, USN and his son Rear Admiral Reginald R. Belknap, USN.

George Eugene Belknap was born on 22 January 1832 at Newport, New Hampshire and was appointed Midshipman on 7 October 1847, at the age of 15. During 1856-1857 he served with the East India Squadron, taking a prominent part in engagements with the Barrier Forts at Canton, China in November 1856. During the Civil War, he reported aboard the sloop St. Louis and commanded the ship's boats which reinforced Fort Picken Florida, in April 1861. Lieutenant Belknap was then assigned to the screw-steamer Huron and blockaded the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia from February to June of 1862. He participated in the intense bombardment of Charleston during April 1863. He commanded the single turret Iron Clad Canonicus in attacks at Fort Fisher, North Carolina on 24-25 December 1864 and 13-15 January 1865 which occasioned its surrender. He then also joined in the final firing against the Charleston defenses prior to their collapse. He cruised with the practice squadron of the U.S. Naval Academy, before being assigned to the screw-sloop Shenandoah, in the later part of 1865. He transited to the Far East, where in 1867, he became the commanding officer of the screw-sloop Hartford, the flagship of the Asiatic Squadron and led the expedition against Formosa. During 1873-1874 he performed internationally acclaimed coastal and deep ocean surveys work in the Pacific. Promoted to Captain in January 1875, he assumed the role of commanding officer of the receiving ship Ohio at Boston. He was promoted to commodore in June 1885 and was later served as the Commander-in-Chief of the Asiatic Station from 1889-1892. Before he accepted mandatory retirement on 22 January 1894, he was promoted to the rank of rear admiral and finished his active duty as president, Board of Inspection and Survey. He had served 47 years of active service. He died at Key West Florida on 7 April 1903, at age 71.

Reginald Rowan Belknap was born on 26 June 1871 at Malden, Massachusetts, the son of Rear Admiral and Mrs. George Eugene Belknap. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1891. From 1891 to 1907 he served on the USS Chicago, USS Baltimore, USS Monocacy, USS Yorktown, USS Newport, USS Indiana, USS Badger, USS Ranger, USS Maine and USS Kearsarge. From 1907 to 1910 he served simultaneously as Naval Attache to Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy. In 1909, after the destructive earthquake which destroyed much of the Sicilian city of Messina, he planned and supervised the American relief effort in that city. He was made an Honorary Citizen of Messina by its grateful city government. In 1910 he reported aboard the USS North Dakota as Executive Officer. On 12 December 1914, Captain Belknap assumed command of the USS San Francisco. On 3 July 1915 he was designated Commander, Mining and Mine Sweeping Division, Atlantic Fleet. During World War I , as a captain, he was ordered to duty in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations to plan and prepare for planting of an antisubmarine barrage of naval defense mines across the North Sea from the Orkney Islands to the coast of Norway. Such an antisubmarine barrage had been made possible by the development of a superior naval mine, the Mark VI. All plans and preparatory work being completed in the spring of 1918, Captain Belknap took command of Mine Squadron ONE, Atlantic Fleet, now consisting of ten large ships with a total capacity of six thousand Mark VI mines. In May 1918, the Squadron proceeded to its Scottish bases at Inverness and Iver Gordon on the east coast of Scotland. On 2 June1918, Captain Belknap conducted the Squadron in its first mining excursion into the North Sea. He commanded the Squadron on the nine other excursions required to complete the antisubmarine barrage, the last excursion being in late October 1918. The barrage was a success. Captain Belknap was advanced to Rear Admiral by a special act of Congress and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the President. After serving on the Naval War College staff from May to July of 1920, he assumed command of the USS Delaware and in 1929 he took command of the Navy's newest battleship USS Colorado, as her first commanding officer. Rear Admiral Belknap died on 30 March 1959, at age 87 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Robert M. Cieri
Belknap 398k USS Josephus Daniels and USS Belknap under construction at Bath Iron Works in 1964. Official © Bath Iron Works Image
Belknap 33k (Small) Starboard view, underway. USN
Belknap 84k Stern view, good detail. USN
Belknap 104k Undated port side view while anchoring in Augusta Bay, Sicily. Note the SH-2F Seasprite on the flight deck aft. Robert Hirst
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98k Port quarter view, date and location unknown. Robert M. Cieri
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ASW aircraft carrier USS Intrepid (CVS 11) and the guided missile destroyer leader USS Belknap (DLG 26) refuel from USS Severn (AO 61). 9 June 1968. This photo was taken at the beginning of Intrepid´s last deployment to Vietnam as an attack carrier, from 4 June 1968 to 8 February 1969.

US Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo # 1996.488.244.054

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Belknap 127k Newport Rhode Island, July 25, 1970. Richard Leonhardt
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USS Belknap in the Kithira Strait off of Greece on October 1975. View from the Soviet ship Krasny Krim ( Kashin class DDG). This photo was taken about 1 month before her collision.

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101k USS Belknap in the Kithira Strait off of Greece on October 1975. View from the Soviet ship Krasny Krim ( Kashin class DDG). This photo was taken about 1 month before her collision. Eugene Ivkin
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146k USS Belknap in the Kithira Strait off of Greece on October 1975. View from the Soviet ship Krasny Krim ( Kashin class DDG). This photo was taken about 1 month before her collision. Eugene Ivkin
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153k USS Belknap in the Kithira Strait off of Greece on October 1975. View from the Soviet ship Krasny Krim ( Kashin class DDG). This photo was taken about 1 month before her collision. Eugene Ivkin
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153k USS Belknap in the Kithira Strait off of Greece on October 1975. View from the Soviet ship Krasny Krim ( Kashin class DDG). This photo was taken about 1 month before her collision. Eugene Ivkin
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153k USS Belknap in the Kithira Strait off of Greece on October 1975. View from the Soviet ship Krasny Krim ( Kashin class DDG). This photo was taken about 1 month before her collision. Eugene Ivkin
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153k USS Belknap in the Kithira Strait off of Greece on October 1975. View from the Soviet ship Krasny Krim ( Kashin class DDG). This photo was taken about 1 month before her collision. Eugene Ivkin
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153k View of the starboard bridge of the USS Belknap in the Kithira Strait off of Greece on October 1975. View from the Soviet ship Krasny Krim ( Kashin class DDG). This photo was taken about 1 month before her collision. Eugene Ivkin
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153k View of the starboard signal bridge of the USS Belknap in the Kithira Strait off of Greece on October 1975. View from the Soviet ship Krasny Krim ( Kashin class DDG). This photo was taken about 1 month before her collision. Eugene Ivkin
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141k USS Belknap in the Kithira Strait off of Greece on October 1975. View from the Soviet ship Krasny Krim ( Kashin class DDG). This photo was taken about 1 month before her collision. Eugene Ivkin
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IONIAN SEA, 22 November 1975 - Firefighters aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Claude V. Ricketts (DDG 5) direct spray from their hoses onto a fire aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Belknap (CG 26). The Belknap was heavily damaged and caught fire when it collided with the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) during night operations.

U.S. Navy photo #DN-SN-87-07336

Robert M. Cieri
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IONIAN SEA, 22 November 1975 - Firefighters aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Claude V. Ricketts (DDG 5) direct spray from their hoses onto a fire aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Belknap (CG-26). The Belknap was heavily damaged and caught fire when it collided with the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) during night operations.

U.S. Navy photo #DN-SN-87-07337

Robert M. Cieri
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IONIAN SEA, 23 November 1975 - An overhead amidships view of the damaged superstructure of the guided-missile cruiser USS Belknap (CG 26) the day after it collided with the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) during night operations.

U.S. Navy photo #DN-SN-87-07295

Robert M. Cieri
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137k The morning of 22 November 1975, the Ionian Sea, near Sicily. The USS Belknap after collision. View from the Soviet ship Nakhodchivy (SAM Kotlin class DDG), while she shadowed the USS J.F.Kennedy (CV 67). Eugene Ivkin
Belknap 59k Official USN photo taken on 23 November 1975, the day after her collision with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). Though essentially intact up to the weather deck, her aluminum superstructure burned and melted; this significantly influenced the decision to build the Arleigh Burke-class DDGs with steel superstructures. Fabio Peña
Belknap 40k Starbord side view of USS Belknap, moored at the Philadelphia navy yard after colliding with the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). John Hummel
Belknap 55k A view from the deck of USS Belknap, moored at the Philadelphia navy yard after colliding with the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). John Hummel
Belknap 48k Port side view of USS Belknap, moored at the Philadelphia navy yard after colliding with the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). John Hummel
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128k Commissioning booklet, 10 May 1980. Robert M. Cieri
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38k 10 May 1980, Commissioning Day for Belknap after her extensive repairs from the USS John F. Kennedy collision. Dale Hargrave
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98k 10 May 1980, Commissioning Day for Belknap after her extensive repairs from the USS John F. Kennedy collision. Dale Hargrave
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87k 10 May 1980, Commissioning Day for Belknap after her extensive repairs from the USS John F. Kennedy collision. Dale Hargrave
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88k 10 May 1980, Commissioning Day for Belknap after her extensive repairs from the USS John F. Kennedy collision. Dale Hargrave
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73k 10 May 1980, Commissioning Day for Belknap after her extensive repairs from the USS John F. Kennedy collision. Dale Hargrave
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73k 10 May 1980, Commissioning Day for Belknap after her extensive repairs from the USS John F. Kennedy collision. Dale Hargrave
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80k 10 May 1980, Commissioning Day for Belknap after her extensive repairs from the USS John F. Kennedy collision. Mrs. Emelia Belknap Cresswell speaking to the audience during the Commissioning ceremony. Dale Hargrave
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70k 10 May 1980, Commissioning Day for Belknap after her extensive repairs from the USS John F. Kennedy collision. Here is a view of the cake at the Commissioning reception . Dale Hargrave
Belknap 65k Close up view of the superstructure, as rebuilt after her collision with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), but prior to her conversion to a flagship. Visible in this photo (taken at Barcelona, Spain, on 27 February 1982) are some of the updated systems Belknap received during her rehabilitation: the SLQ-32(v)3 EW suite on the port bridge wing, SPS-49 air search radar on the after mack, the port Phalanx CIWS mount alongside the hangar, and quad Harpoon canisters to port and starboard. Fabio Peña
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Port bow view, location unknown, 1983.

U.S. Navy photo.

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Belknap 89k Another view of USS Belknap's superstructure, after her collision with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and before her conversion to a flagship, which I took at Barcelona, Spain, on July 16, 1983. Fabio Peña
Belknap 68k Belknap taken sometime in 1985. After her collision with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), she was rebuilt then selected to serve as flagship for Commander Sixth Fleet. This is the flagship configuration. Note the added deck house in front of the superstructure. Demetrius J. C. Carter
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Port bow view, location unknown, 1986.

U.S. Navy photo.

Robert M. Cieri
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137k DN-ST-90-02384. A port bow view of the guided missile cruiser USS Belknap (CG 26) and the guided missile destroyer USS Conyngham (DDG 17) moored at a pier, with the city of Gaeta in the background. Photo by JO1 Burke, November 1 1989. Bill Gonyo
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153k USS Belknap (CG 26) mored at Dique del Oeste harbor, Palma de Mallorca, Spain in 1992. Pedro Vidal
Belknap 229k Moored in Toulon, France 10 NOV 1992. Photo taken by Guy Schaeffer Paolo Marsan

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Law, John Townley, CAPT   11/07/1964 - 07/19/1966
Hipp Jr., Ernest Calhoun, CAPT   07/19/1966 - 12/08/1967
Aldrich, James Hunter, CAPT   12/08/1967 - 12/12/1969
Allen Jr., Charles Douglas, CAPT   12/12/1969 - 01/15/1971
Field, Francis Edward, CAPT   01/15/1971 - 08/04/1972
Walters, Robert Levi, CAPT VADM 08/04/1972 - 05/18/1974
Shafer, Walter Richard, CAPT   05/18/1974 - 12/20/1975
Hatch, Ross Riepert, CAPT   05/10/1980 - 02/08/1982
Alexander Jr., Edward Eugene, CAPT   02/08/1982 - 01/19/1984
Sherman, John E., CAPT   01/19/1984 - 08/08/1986
Krekich, Alexander Joseph, CAPT VADM 08/08/1986 - 04/15/1988
Gehman Jr., Harold Webster, CAPT ADM 04/15/1988 - 05/19/1989
Sigler, John Fleet, CAPT RADM 05/19/1989 - 03/22/1991
Doran, Walter Francis, CAPT ADM 03/22/1991 - 02/20/1993
Moeller, Robert Thomas, CDR VADM 02/20/1993 - 02/15/1995

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


USS BELKNAP (DLG/CG 26) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Chuck Taylor
Address:
Phone:
E-mail: CTaylor77083@Yahoo.com
Date: Oct. 29-31, 2008
Location: Mobile, AL


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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