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USS NORTHAMPTON
(CA 125/CLC 1/CC 1)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Tango - Bravo - Xray
Voice Call Sign: Sea Ruler

CLASS - OREGON CITY
Displacement 13,700 Tons, Dimensions, 674' 11" (oa) x 70' 10" x 26' 6" (Max)
Armament 9 x 8"/55, 12 x 5"/38AA, 48 x 40mm, 24 x 20mm, 4 Aircraft
Armor, 6" Belt, 8" Turrets, 2 1/2" Deck, 6" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 120,000 SHP; G. E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 2000.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 31 AUG 1944 by the Fore River Yard, Bethlehem Steel Corp., Quincy, MA as CA 125
Construction suspended between 11 AUG 1945 and 1 JUL 1948
Launched as CLC 1 27 JAN 1951
Commissioned 07 MAR 1953
Redesignated CC 1 15 APR 1961
Decommissioned 08 APR 1970
Stricken 01 DEC 1977
Fate: Sold for scrap in DEC 1977. Scrapping completed 01 MAR 1980

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Her keel was originally laid as the 4th of the Oregon City Class but construction was stopped on 12 August 1945, when 56.2% complete. Construction was resumed under a new design, 1 July 1948. Capable of acting as either a fleet flagship or an amphibious force flagship, she had an extra deck added to her hull for command and control spaces. She was converted into a National Emergency Command Post Afloat (NECPA) in 1961.
NORTHAMPTON As Command and Control ship CLC-1
1951 - 1961
Northampton 73k Seen here as completed. USN
Northampton 65k Starboard bow view, date unknown. Edward C. Shaw, USN (Ret.)
Northampton 68k Starboard side view while at anchor, date unknown. Edward C. Shaw, USN (Ret.)
Northampton
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141k Starboard side view while underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
Northampton
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68k

Excellent port bow view while underway, date and location unknown. Note that the 3"/50RF turrets have been replaced with the 3"/70RF.

U.S. Navy Photo.

David Buell
Northampton 103k Shown off in Boston on 3 March 1954, the full array of radars and antennas are easily seen in these two views. Armed with 5"/54 caliber rapid fire guns and 3"/50 light weight A.A. weapons (until the twin 3"/70 gun was became available), these seem small as they are dwarfed by the massive amount of electronics. All of these height finder, hemispheric-scan, radio and wire radars and antennas are necessary for her command cruiser role. USN
Northampton 116k Shown off Boston on 3 March 1954, the full array of radars and antennas are easily seen in these two views. Armed with 5"/54 caliber rapid fire guns and 3"/50 light weight A.A. weapons (until the twin 3"/70 gun was became available), these seem small as they are dwarfed by the massive amount of electronics. All of these height finder, hemispheric-scan, radio and wire radars and antennas are necessary for her command cruiser role. USN
Northampton 141k Starboard quarter view, rafting on USS Albany (CA 123) which is tied up to pier 5 at Norfolk Unidentified carrier across the pier. USS Wisconson (BB 64) (right) is tied up to pier 7. Summer of 1954. Note that the hull of Northampton is identical to Albany except that it has one more deck added. Also at that time, the foremast on Northampton was the tallest unstayed mast on any ship. Larry Bohn
Northampton
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945k Starboard side view while underway in 1954.
David Upton
Northampton
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857k Ships officers in 1954. David Upton
Northampton
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1.8m First Class Petty Officers in 1954. David Upton
Northampton
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828k Ships Servicemen 1954. David Upton
Northampton
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3.44m Starboard side view while underway, location unknown, mid 1950's. Nice view showing the enclousure of the former Main Deck and the vairous antennas. David Upton
Northampton
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72k Med-moored in Genoa, Italy, 08 July 1956. Carlo Martinelli
Northampton
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572k Welcome aboard pamphlet circa 1957/1958. Thomas Becher
Northampton
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968k Welcome aboard pamphlet circa 1957/1958. Thomas Becher
Northampton
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77k Port quarter view while underway in 1959, location unknown. Robert Hurst
Northampton
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141k Seen here as Task Force Command Ship while underway in1960, location unknown. Robert Hurst
NORTHAMPTON As Command and Control ship CC 1
1961 - 1970
Northampton
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661k

Replentishment at sea between USS Northampton (CC 1) and USS Alstede (AF 48), location unknown, 4 June 1964. Taken by Knapp, C.F., PH1.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #USN 1103939

David Buell
Northampton 174k Seen here in early 1970, shortly before her decommissioning, the Northampton served as a "national emergency command post afloat" (NECPA) from 1961. She was to serve as a command post for the President and his advisors in the event of a nuclear war. Her armament has been reduced to a single 5"/54 turret aft due to the demand for command and control spaces. Her forward superstructure has been enlarged to accommodate these personnel. The NECPA program was expensive and satellites were taking over the long distance communication role, making both the ship and her function obsolete. USN
Springfield
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At Philadelphia Navy Yard, July 1976. Left to right,ex-Albacore (AGSS 569), ex-Robert L. Wilson (DD 847) and ex-Northampton (CC 1).

Ed Zajkowski
Springfield 79k

Philadelphia Naval Base, Pennsylvania - Three stricken cruisers await disposal in the Reserve Basin, October 1978. The ships, whose hull numbers have been painted out, are (from left to right): ex-Newport News (CA 148); ex-Springfield (CG 7); and ex-Northampton (CC 1).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #K-121961.

National Archives
Northampton
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319k Photo of the ex-Northampton awaiting the cutters torch along with a short news article anout her and Federal Shipyards in Kearney, NJ. Len Glaser, LTJG, USNR (Ret.)

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Irvin, William Davis, CAPT RADM 03/07/1953 - 10/02/1954
Weakley, Charles Enright, CAPT VADM 10/02/1954 - 10/06/1955
Holmes, Ephraim Paul, CAPT ADM 10/06/1955 - 10/19/1956
Renken, Henry Algernon, CAPT RADM 10/19/1956 - 11/05/1957
Bryan, Louis Allen, CAPT RADM 11/05/1957 - 10/10/1958
Lee, John Marshall, CAPT VADM 10/10/1958 - 08/20/1959
Bowen Jr., Harold Gardiner, CAPT VADM 08/20/1959 - 10/05/1960
Cutter, Slade Deville, CAPT   10/05/1960 - 08/04/1961
Hahn, Harry Barrett, CAPT   08/04/1961 - 08/20/1963
Conrad, Edward Everett, CAPT   08/20/1963 - 10/01/1964
Kuntz, William Edward, CAPT RADM 10/01/1964 - 08/06/1965
Hemley, Eugene Adams, CAPT   08/06/1965 - 10/17/1966
Farrell, Eugene Harrison, CAPT RADM 10/17/1966 - 04/17/1968
Short, James Woodleigh, CAPT   04/17/1968 - 08/08/1969
Poe, Donald T., CAPT RADM 08/08/1969 - 04/08/1970

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


USS NORTHAMPTON (CA 125/CLC 1/CC 1) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Len Shults
Reunion Planner/Treasurer
Address: 3708 Duquesne Dr. Montgomery, AL 36209
Phone: (334) 273-9804
E-mail: nortnsailor1@att.net
Date: 17-21 Sept. 2009
Location: Norfolk, VA


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