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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Tango - Echo - Xray

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

Displacement 11,000 Tons (full), Dimensions, 585' (oa) x 63' x 31' (Max)
Armament 2 MK-26 SAM/ASW (68 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 18 AUG 1973 at Newport News Shipyard, Newport News, VA
Reclassified CGN 39 on 30 June 1975
Launched 09 AUG 1975
Commissioned 10 SEP 1977
Decommissioned 16 JUL 1993
Stricken 10 NOV 1994
Fate: Disposed - Hulk recycled at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 20 OCT 2001
Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row- Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (2) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Third Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal (1) - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (6) - Kwuait Liberation Medal (Kwuait)

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396k Mrs. Dolph Briscoe, wife of then governor of Texas, christening Texas CGN 39 on 09 August 1975. Dale Hargrave
Texas 94k August 1975, launch ceremony at Newport News USN
86k Commissioning at Norfolk Naval Station, 10 September 1977. Dale Hargrave
54k Commissioning at Norfolk Naval Station, 10 September 1977. Dale Hargrave
81k Commissioning at Norfolk Naval Station, 10 September 1977. Admiral Hyman Rickover speaking. Dale Hargrave
90k Commissioning at Norfolk Naval Station, 10 September 1977. Mrs. Dolph Briscoe, the ship's sponsor. Dale Hargrave
91k Commissioning at Norfolk Naval Station, 10 September 1977. Texas governor Dolph Briscoe presenting a silver service to the ship. Dale Hargrave
59k Commissioning at Norfolk Naval Station, 10 September 1977. Dale Hargrave
72k Commissioning at Norfolk Naval Station, 10 September 1977. Dale Hargrave
Texas 25k Starboard bow view, (Poor) USN
Texas 18k (Very small) Port bow view. USN
Texas 23k Starboard bow view, (poor) USN
Texas 80k Two views of the Virginia class nuclear powered cruiser. White marking on the bow is a target for underway replenishment helicopters. Equipped with a helicopter pad aft, there is also a hanger in the fantail, reminiscent of her WW2 predecessors. The door/elevator reportedly leaked badly and were not liked by her crews. USN
Texas 67k See above. USN
Texas 113k Undated starboard bow view Newport News Shipbuilding

Undated port side view.

U.S. Navy Photo

Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
138k Undated port side photo of USS Arkansas (CGN 41), USS Mississippi (CGN 40), and USS Texas (CGN 39) (bottom to top). Robert Hirsh

Port bow view, date and location unknown.

U.S. Navy photo.

David Buell
342k Port quarter view while underway in the Chesapeake Bay, 6 July 1977. Robert M. Cieri
Texas 50k Starboard side view from USS California (CGN 36) while underway in the Indian Ocean January 1980. Michael Boyd

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

Six nuclear powered cruisers sailing together on 28 February 1981. The United States had operated nuclear powered cruisers for over three decades. USS Long Beach (CGN 9) entered service in 1961 while the final cruisers, the California class were decommissioned in 1999 (The Virginia class, the final class designed and built, were decommissioned in 1998). First row, front to back:

USS Virginia (CGN 38)
USS South Carolina (CGN 37)
USS California (CGN 36)

Second row, front to back:

USS Arkansas (CGN 41)
USS Mississippi (CGN 40)
USS Texas (CGN 39)

U.S. Navy
Mississippi 98k Aerial stern view of (left to right) the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), the nuclear-powered guided missile cruisers USS Mississippi (CGN 40) and USS Texas (CGN 39), and the guided missile cruiser USS Biddle (CG 34), underway in the Mediterranean Sea, August 1981.

On 19 August 1981 two F-14A Tomcats from VF-41 "Black Aces," based on Nimitz, used Sidewinder missiles to shoot down two Lybian, Soviet-built SU-22 Fitters over the Gulf of Sidra, after one of the Lybian jets fired an Atoll heat-seeking missile. This incident marked the first Navy air combat confrontation since the Vietnam War and the first ever for the F-14A Tomcat.

US Navy photo by PH3 Cruz (DVIC id.: DNSC8501964).

Defense Visual Information Center

1 August 1981 - An aerial starboard beam view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and the nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser USS Texas (CGN 39) underway.

U.S. Navy photo #DN-SC-85-01960 by: PH3 Cruz.

Robert M. Cieri
258k Departing La Spezia, Italy, 15 December 1981. Carlo Martinelli
120k Moored in Waitemata Harbour, 5 August 1983, Auckland NZ. Chris Howell
328k Moored in Waitemata Harbour, 7 August 1983, Auckland NZ. Chris Howell
392k Starboard quarter view while underway in the Gulf of Alaska, 1987 Robert M. Cieri
96k Moored in Pearl Harbor, July 1988. Robert M. Cieri

1 July 1988 - Crewmen work on the foc'sle of the nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser USS Texas (CGN 39) during deployment.

U.S. Navy photo #DN-SC-92-04473 by: OS2 John Bouvia.

Robert M. Cieri

Soviet Meridian-class SigInt (Signal Intelligence) collection ship Kareliya (SSV 535) steaming alongside the U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser USS Texas (CGN 39). Texas was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) for a deployment in the Western Pacific from 15 June to 16 December 1988.

Official U.S. Navy photograph from the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) 1988 cruise book.

Robert Hurst

  USS Texas (DLGN/CGN 39) collectibles and documents page  

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Fiedler Jr., Peter Bernard, CAPT     09/10/77 - 01/27/79
Owens, Ramon Ronald, CAPT     01/27/79 - 03/19/82
Andress Jr., William Dozier, CAPT     03/19/82 - 07/0585
Miller III, George Morley, CAPT     07/0585 - 08/06/88
Gautier, William Kirten, CAPT 1967   08/06/88 - 06/26/91
Brennan, Neil Maxwell, CAPT 1966   06/26/91 - 07/16/93

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

View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: USS TEXAS Veterans Association
Address: P. O. Box 25, Golden, TX 75444
Reunion Date:
Reunion Location:

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.

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