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USS VALLEY FORGE (CG 50)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Victor - Foxtrot - Papa

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - ROAD AGENT


CLASS - TICONDEROGA
Displacement 9,589 (FL) Tons, Dimensions, 565' 10" (oa) x 55' x 31' 6" (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54RF, 2 Twin Missile Launchers, (88 Missiles) 8 Harpoon SSM 4x2,
2 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS, 2 x 25mm Bushmaster mg. 6 x12.75" TT. 2 LAMPS Helos.
Machinery, 80,000 SHP; G.E. Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Crew 370.

Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 14 APR 1983 at Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, MS
Launched 23 JUN 1984
Commissioned 18 JAN 1986
Decommissioned 30 AUG 2004
Stricken 30 AUG 2004
Fate: Sunk as target off Kauai, Hawaii on 2 NOV 2006 - 23:00.7N 159:53.8W 2570 Fathoms.

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

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Valley Forge
040150pro
325k Ship's profile, as built, courtesy of John R. Barrett.. ©John R. Barrett
Navy Yard Associates
Valley Forge
04015008
451k Christening Booklet, 29 SEP 1984. Robert M. Cieri
Valley Forge
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436k Commissioning Booklet, 18 JAN 1986. Robert M. Cieri
Valley Forge 42k Port bow view. USN
Valley Forge 53k Passing the Arizona memorial, Pearl Harbor Hawaii. USN
Valley Forge 108k Port bow view. USN
Valley Forge
04015012
336k Starboard bow view while underway in 1986. Robert M. Cieri
Valley Forge 86k USS Valley Forge in San Diego, pierside at North Island. Feb 1987. Lacy Lee, RM1 USN Ret.
Valley Forge
04015015
366k 15 July 1990, location unknown Chris Howell
Valley Forge 76k Port side view, anchored in Hong Kong Harbor, May 1991. William Chiu
Valley Forge
04015010
395k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1993. Robert M. Cieri
Valley Forge
04015011
224k Chamge of Command booklet, 25 JUN 1993 Robert M. Cieri
Valley Forge 63k The guided missile cruiser USS Valley Forge (CG 50) heads out of San Diego bay to begin their regularly scheduled six-month deployment after pulling away from the pier at Naval station 32nd street. November 2, 2002 Steven A. Cardali
Valley Forge 55k The guided missile cruiser USS Valley Forge (CG 50) heads out of San Diego bay to begin their regularly scheduled six-month deployment after pulling away from the pier at Naval station 32nd street. November 2, 2002 Steven A. Cardali
Bunker Hill
04015013
74k

Naval Station San Diego, CA, 2 June 2003 - USS Valley Forge (CG 50) is assisted toward the pier by tugs at Naval Station, San Diego as the guided missile cruiser returns from a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. USS Bataan (LHD 5) is seen in the background.

U.S. Navy photo #030602-N-6132R-008 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Louis Rojas.

Robert M. Cieri
Bunker Hill
04015210
76k

October 2003 - Ships belonging to the USS Constellation (CV-64) Battle Group parade their colors during an a airshow on board Constellation. From front to rear: USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), USS Valley Forge (CG-50), USS Milius (DDG-69), and USS Thach (FFG-43). The carrier was decommissioned in August 2003.

U.S. Navy photo #030529-N-9076B-010 by PHC Donald Bray

Bill Gonyo
Bunker Hill
04015014
87k ex-Valley Forge, listing to port during her SINKEX on 02 November 2006. Eric Bentz

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Lockhart, Theodore C. (Ted), CAPT RADM 01/18/1986 - 05/27/1988
Bozzelli, Philip Anthony, CAPT   05/27/1988 - 05/12/1990
Tedeschi Jr., Ernest Francis, CAPT RADM 05/12/1990 - 09/14/1991
Cornett II, Billy, CAPT   09/14/1991 - 06/25/1993
Abbott, Robert James, CAPT   06/25/1993 - 03/29/1996
Kear, William James (Jim), CDR   03/29/1996 - 11/07/1997
Hoker, William Patrick, CDR   11/07/1997 - 07/14/1999
Goodwin, Thomas David, CDR   07/14/1999 - 01/19/2001
Arbter, John Scott, CAPT   01/19/2001 - 07/03/2002
Rabun, Patrick Coffier, CDR   07/03/2002 - 08/30/2004

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


USS VALLEY FORGE (DDG/CG 50) History
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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.

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