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USS VIRGINIA (DLGN/CGN 38)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Victor - Yankee - Alpha


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
CLASS - VIRGINIA
Displacement 11,000 Tons (full), Dimensions, 585' (oa) x 63' x 31' (Max)
Armament 2 Standard SAM/ASW (66 Missiles) 2 x 5"/54RF, 6 x12.75" TT.
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; 2 G.E. Reactors (D2G), Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Crew 500.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 19 AUG 1972 at Newport News Shipyard, Newport News, VA
Launched 14 DEC 1974
Reclassified CGN 38 on 30 June 1975
Commissioned 11 SEP 1976
Decommissioned 10 NOV 1994
Stricken 10 NOV 1994
Fate: Stricken - Hulk currently undergoing recycling at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4)
Third Row - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (3) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon


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Virginia 119k Keel laying postal cover, 19 AUG 1972. Robert M. Cieri
Virginia 153k Launching Booklet, 14 DEC 1974. Robert M. Cieri
Virginia
04013824
333k Virginia Warner christening Virginia CGN 38 in December, 1974, She is the daughter of John Warner, former Secretary of the Navy and later U. S. senator from Virginia. At the time of the launching, he was head of the Bicentennial Commission.
Dale Hargrave
Virginia 31k Launch photo, December 14 1974. USN
Virginia 377k Commissioning Booklet, 11 SEP 1976. Robert M. Cieri
Virginia
04013817
51k Commissioning, Norfolk Naval Station, 11 September 1976. Dale Hargrave
Virginia
04013818
72k Commissioning, Norfolk Naval Station, 11 September 1976. Dale Hargrave
Virginia
04013819
72k Commissioning, Norfolk Naval Station, 11 September 1976. Note the original 1775 Contentional Navy Jack being flown (as all Navy ships were directed to fly in 1975 & 1976 to celebrate the nations's Bi-Centennial) Dale Hargrave
Virginia
04013820
61k Commissioning, Norfolk Naval Station, 11 September 1976. Dale Hargrave
Virginia
04013821
97k Commissioning, Norfolk Naval Station, 11 September 1976. Dale Hargrave
Virginia
04013822
92k Commissioning, Norfolk Naval Station, 11 September 1976. The commissioning pennant being raised. Dale Hargrave
Virginia
04013823
74k Commissioning, Norfolk Naval Station, 11 September 1976. The ship's bell. Dale Hargrave
Virginia 29k Bow on view. USN
Virginia 369k Undated starboard bow view.

Photo © Atlantic Fleet Sales

Robert M. Cieri
Virginia
04013815
  Starboard bow view while underway in Lisbon, Portugal, date unknown. Peter Lienau
Virginia
04013816
  Starboard quarter view while underway in Lisbon, Portugal, date unknown. Peter Lienau
Virginia 116k Mayport Florida, April, 1978. Richard Leonhardt
Virginia
04013814
290k

26 October 1980 - A port bow view of the nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser USS Virginia (CGN 38) underway.

U.S. Navy photo #DN-SN-87-06488 by: PH2 C. Youmans.

Robert M. Cieri
Virginia
04013813
170k

HAMPTON ROADS, VA, 22 December 1980 - Aerial bow view of the nuclear-powered cruiser USS Virginia (CGN 38) being assisted by Navy tugs. The nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS South Carolina (CGN 37) and nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) are close astern, as they enter port after an Indian Ocean deployment.

U.S. Navy photo #DN-ST-84-00318 by: PH2 Colin E. Fritz.

Robert M. Cieri
Virginia
04013811
 

A port bow view of the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS VIRGINIA (CGN 38) underway, 17 July 1981.

DOD Photo #DN-SC-87-01444

Steve Dietrich
Virginia
04013812
41k

An aerial starboard bow view of six nuclear-powered guided missile cruisers underway in formation during exercise READEX 1-81. The ships are, from left to right: USS TEXAS (CGN 39), USS MISSISSIPPI (CGN 40), USS CALIFORNIA (CGN 36), USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN 37), USS VIRGINIA (CGN 38) and USS ARKANSAS (CGN 41). Photo taken 26 February 1981 by PH1 Anthony Alleyne.

DOD Photo #DN-SC-87-08333

Steve Dietrich
Virginia 463k Anchored at Athens, Greece, 18 JUN 1983. Robert M. Cieri
Virginia
280k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1993. Robert M. Cieri
Moosbrugger
0598021
101k

A bow on view of the nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser USS Virginia (CGN 38) berthed at the pier of Port Everglades, Florida and the destroyer USS Moosbrugger (DD 980) nested outboard, during a port call. Both ships are currently serving with NATO's Standing Naval Force Atlantic.

U.S. Navy Photo #DN-SC-93-02765 taken by OS2 John Bouvia on 2 March 1993.

Robert M. Cieri
Virginia 310k Deactivation Booklet, 26 FEB 1994. Robert M. Cieri

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Davis Jr., George Wilmot, CAPT VADM 09/11/76 - 08/78
Ailes, Robert Heber, CAPT RADM 08/78 - 10/81
King, Joseph H., CAPT   10/81 - 12/84
Sheridan, Thomas Russell, CAPT   12/84 - 01/88
Voorheis, Gary Martin, CAPT   01/88 - 05/91
Lipfert, Ralph Hall, CAPT   05/91 - 11/10/94

(Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri, Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves)


USS VIRGINIA (DLGN/CGN 38) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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