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USS TEXAS (DLGN/CGN 39)


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


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

CLASS - VIRGINIA
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

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Texas
04013911
335k Launch Booklet, 09 AUG 1975 Robert M. Cieri
Texas
04013929
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
Texas
04013910
218k Commissioning Booklet, 10 SEP 1977 Tom Langford
Texas
04013922
86k Commissioning at Norfolk Naval Station, 10 September 1977. Dale Hargrave
Texas
04013923
54k Commissioning at Norfolk Naval Station, 10 September 1977. Dale Hargrave
Texas
04013924
81k Commissioning at Norfolk Naval Station, 10 September 1977. Admiral Hyman Rickover speaking. Dale Hargrave
Texas
04013925
90k Commissioning at Norfolk Naval Station, 10 September 1977. Mrs. Dolph Briscoe, the ship's sponsor. Dale Hargrave
Texas
04013926
91k Commissioning at Norfolk Naval Station, 10 September 1977. Texas governor Dolph Briscoe presenting a silver service to the ship. Dale Hargrave
Texas
04013927
59k Commissioning at Norfolk Naval Station, 10 September 1977. Dale Hargrave
Texas
04013928
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
Texas
04013909
143k

Undated port side view.

U.S. Navy Photo

Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
Arkansas
04014108
138k Undated port side photo of USS Arkansas (CGN 41), USS Mississippi (CGN 40), and USS Texas (CGN 39) (bottom to top). Robert Hirsh
Arkansas
04013919
51k

Port bow view, date and location unknown.

U.S. Navy photo.

David Buell
Texas
04013915
342k Port quarter view while underway in the Chesapeake Bay, 6 JUL 1977. Robert M. Cieri
Texas
04013913
293k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1979 Robert M. Cieri
Texas 50k Starboard side view from USS California (CGN 36) while underway in the Indian Ocean Jan 1980. Michael Boyd
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
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 August 19, 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
Texas
04013920
215k

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
Texas
04013932
258k Departing La Spezia, Italy, 15 December 1981. Carlo Martinelli
Texas
04013930
120k Moored in Waitemata Harbour, 5 August 1983, Auckland NZ. Chris Howell
Texas
04013931
328k Moored in Waitemata Harbour, 7 August 1983, Auckland NZ. Chris Howell
Texas
04013917
196k Ship's PAO handout. Note the Tomahawk Armored Box Launchers on the fantail which indicate that this drawing was made after the 1987 overhaul. Robert M. Cieri
Texas
04013916
392k Starboard quarter view while underway in the Gulf of Alaska, 1987 Robert M. Cieri
Texas
04012912
319k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1988 Robert M. Cieri
Texas
04013918
96k Moored in Pearl Harbor, July 1988. Robert M. Cieri
Texas
04013921
94k

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

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank 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 M., CAPT   07/0585 - 08/06/88
Gautier, William K., CAPT   08/06/88 - 06/26/91
Brennan, Neil Maxwell, CAPT   06/26/91 - 07/16/93

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


USS TEXAS (DLGN/CGN 39) History
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
Phone:
E-mail: usstexasveterans@yahoo.com
Reunion Date: October 3-5, 2003
Reunion Location: Hotel Galvez, Galveston, Texas


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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