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USS NEWPORT NEWS (CA 148)


Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - India - Quebec - Quebec
Voice Call Sign: Thunder


Patch image contributed by George Klos
CLASS - DES MOINES
Displacement 17,000 Tons, Dimensions, 716' 6" (oa) x 76' 4" x 26' (Max)
Armament 9 x 8"/55, 12 x 5"/38AA, 24 x 3"/50, 24 x 20mm, 4 Aircraft
Armor, 6" Belt, 8" Turrets, 3 1/2" Deck, 6 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 120,000 SHP; G. E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 1799.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 1 NOV 1945 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA
Launched 06 MAR 1948
Commissioned 29 JAN 1949
Decommissioned 27 JUN 1975
Stricken 31 JUL 1978
Fate: Sold for scrap to Southern Scrap Material Co., Ltd, New Orleans 25 FEB 1993

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons






Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row - Navy Unit Citation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Expeditionary Medal
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


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Newport News 227k The last Heavy Cruiser built for the U.S. Navy, CA 148, was named for the city in which she was built, Newport News, Virginia. Her keel was laid at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. on 1 October 1945. This picture was taken 4 days later. George Klos
Newport News 124k Progress view of the 716½ foot long cruiser in her building dock on 3 March 1947, three days before launching. George Klos
Newport News 183k The Newport News on launching day, 6 March 1947. George Klos
Newport News 142k Turret three on the fantail was the focus of activity when the ship was commissioned 29 January 1949. This shot was taken during the playing of the National Anthem. George Klos
Newport News 355k The completed ship rides high on Commissioning Day because she is not yet fully loaded. In addition to three triple 8-inch turrets, the new cruiser had 12 5-inch guns, 24 three-inch guns, and 12 20-mm guns. The 20-mm guns were removed almost immediately after commissioning. The ship's full-load displacement was 21,500 tons. George Klos
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Port side view while underway, date and location unknown.

U.S. Navy photo.

David Buell
Newport News 342k Starboard side view, date unknown. Robert M. Cieri
Newport News 98k Starboard bow view, underway, date unknown. Note the 3"/50 gunmount still on the bow. George Klos
Newport News 190k Port bow view, underway, date unknown. Note MT31 (3"/50) in the bows. This was removed in 1955. George Klos
Newport News 435k Undated port bow photo. George Klos
Newport News 238k

Undated starboard bow view.

Photo © Atlantic Fleet Sales

Robert M. Cieri

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Photo (dated 18 August but unknown year) of action in 8" turret two. This would be prior to the explosion that occured on 1 October 1972. Ron Reeves
Newport News 174k Crew inspection while the ship is at anchor in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, June 1949, during her shakedown cruise. George Klos
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334k Crew inspection while the ship is at anchor in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, June 1949, during her shakedown cruise. Robert M. Cieri
Newport News
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700k Burial at sea, April 1949 David Upton
Newport News
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1m Starboard quarter view while at anchor somewhere in the Caribbean, May 1949. David Upton
Newport News
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3.2m Starboard bow view while at anchor somewhere in the Caribbean, June 1949. Note the Movie screen erected on the fantail. David Upton
Newport News
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720k Admiral Blandy disembarking from Sikorski HO3S-1 helicopter Aug. 6 1949 David Upton
Newport News
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681k August 7, 1949, L to R- Capt. Custer, Capt. Gregg, RADM Clark, ADM Blandy, and Capt. Smoot., USS Newport News David Upton
Newport News 133k Ice-encrusted 3-inch mount 31 when she crossed the Arctic Circle in November 1949 as Flagship of the Second Task Fleet. George Klos
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707k CAPT Smoot (center), Dec. 30, 1949. USS Winston, (AKA 94), is in the background. David Upton
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700k Vice Admiral John Ballentine, Commander Sixth Fleet, transfered his flag from USS Des Moines during this ceremony on January 6, 1950. A Midway-Class carrier is in the background. The photographer that took the next picture is visible on top of turret #3. David Upton
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773k Vice Admiral John Ballentine, Commander Sixth Fleet, transfered his flag from USS Des Moines during this ceremony on January 6, 1950. A Midway-Class carrier is in the background. David Upton
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160k Christmas card 1949-1950. David Upton
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817k The Queen of Greece, Frederica, on a Sikorski HO3S-1 helicopter. David Upton
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1m King Paul of Greece and wife Queen Frederica David Upton
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994k King and Queen of Greece inspecting the crew of USS Newport News David Upton
Newport News 181k Refueling in the Mediterranean in 1950: Top to bottom - USS Powers (DD 839), USS Newport News (CA 148), USS Salamonie (AO 26), amd USS Hanson (DD 832). The cruiser is carrying an H03S-1 helo on her fantail. When completed, the Newport News had seaplane catapults on her stern, but they were removed shortly after she was commissioned. George Klos
Newport News 125k LT James E. Norton, CHC, is lifted by sling to H03S-1 Helicopter. This permitted sharing him with smaller ships on the Midshipman Cruise. George Klos
Newport News 278k Three classes of cruisers are shown moored to pier at Naples, Italy in February 1951. Left ot right are the USS Newport News (CA 148), USS Roanoke (CL 145), and USS Columbus (CA 74). USN
Newport News 105k Port bow view in Venice, Italy, 12 APR 1950. Robert M. Cieri
Newport News 125k Fifth Division cleans the stack in 1952. This ship was capable of 120,000 SHP and 33 knots. George Klos
Newport News 134k Holystoning with boiler fire bricks and caustic solution was standard method for cleaning the cruisers' wooden decks. George Klos
Newport News 92k Starboard bow view, underway, 1955. Mount 31 and the old life rafts have been removed. The black quarterdeck canvas didn't last much longer and the main mast has some growing to do. George Klos
Newport News 118k Among the Sixth Fleet ships visiting Barcelona, Spain in April 1956 were, from left ot right: USS Cassin Young (DD 793), USS Albany (CA 123), USS Newport News (CA 148), USS Mercury (AKS 20), and USS Mauna Loa (AE 8). The Newport News had just taken over as Flagship for Vice Admiral Harry D. Felt as Commander Sixth Fleet when this photo was taken. The Albany, alongside, belonged to the same generation, although not the same class of U.S. cruisers. The Albany was later converted to a guided-missile cruiser and became Second Fleet flagship when the Newport News concluded her lasts deployment in late 1974. George Klos
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73k Starboard bow view while "Med Moored" in Genoa, Italy on 26 October 1958. Martinelli Carlo
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197k Port side forward view while "Med Moored" in Genoa, Italy on 26 October 1958. Martinelli Carlo
Newport News 47k Nice, early 1960's photo. SFP2 Robert S. Henderson
Newport News 70k Port bow view, 1960's. Robert M. Cieri
Newport News 246k Port bow view while underway in the Med. Early 1960. George Klos
Newport News 104k Photo of the USS Newport News (CA 148) that is out of a visitor pamphlet from 1960. The admiral's barge and captain's gig are on the fantail and there are five vehicles further forward, all covered in canvas. Since there is no red "E" on the stack yet, the ship had to be on the way or just arriving in the Med where the "E" was added. The vehicles were offloaded and traveled mostly by land since they were in the way of a warship's purpose: shooting at things. George Klos
Newport News 25k Venice Italy 1960. George Klos
Newport News 37k Seen here in early 1961. Note that there are four 3"/50 gun tubs on each side. The 2 midships tubs were removed to provide space for the flag offices. USN
Newport News 228k Taken in the Med in 1961 after a severe storm which damaged a forward 3" mount (barrels raised by heavy seas) and damage to bow. George Klos
Newport News 104k Taken in 1961 while anchored in Athens Greece with the submarine USS Shark (SSN 591) tied up alongside. George Klos
Newport News 171k USS Newport News taken in 1961 during a Med Cruise. There are five vehicles and the Admiral's Barge on the fantail and two crew members sun bathing on main deck in front of 5 inch mount 53. George Klos
Newport News 254k USS Newport News (CA 148) refuels from oiler Canisteo (AO 99) during NATO excercise Riptide II in July 1961. George Klos
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68k Starboard bow view, sometime after her 1961-62 modernization. Note the NTDS antenna forward and all the missing 3"/50 gun mounts. David Buell
Newport News 86k Date and location unknown; sometime after after the 1961-1962 modernization. USN
Newport News 154k The modernized Newport News underway in NATO Exercise Riptide III in August 1962. During her overhaul in the winter of 1961-62, the cruiser was given more extensive communications and flagship capabilities. Added were antennas and boxy structures abaft the bridge, which provided additional office space for the Flag staff. George Klos
Newport News 398k As Second Fleet flagship, Newport News is shown transiting the Kiel Canal through a pastoral portion of West Germany in September 1962. The following month she was in the Caribbean as flagship of the U.S. quarantine force off Cuba. George Klos
Newport News 92k Starboard bow view, underway, 1962. Note the expansion of the Superstructure midships to accomodate the Flag Staff and it's communications equipment. George Klos
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Following a 3 1/2 month yard period, during which the communication facilities were extensively revamped and office and berthing spaces were constructed to accommodate Commander Second Fleet and his staff, NEWPORT NEWS assumed her new duties as flagship for Vice Admiral John McNay Taylor.

Shown in August 1962 in the Western Atlantic, she participated in NATO Exercise RIPTIDE III, as flagship of ComStrikFltLant, the NATO role of Commander Second Fleet.

For years afterward this photo was considered her "Official Portrait".

U.S. Navy photo.

Robert M. Cieri
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Port side view as seen from Fort San Felipe del Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico in January 1963 while participating in "Operation Springboard".

U.S. Navy photo. (Caption updated by LCDR Orlando Gallardo)

Robert M. Cieri
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Port quarter view while outbound to the Atlantic Ocean just off Cape Henry on the Chesapeake Bay, 14 May 1963.

Photo © Atlantic Fleet Sales

Bill Gonyo
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This photo shows the world's fastest firing major caliber rapid fire 8-inch, 55-caliber guns of the Newport News as she bombards the target range on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, during FIREX 67; 5 February 1967.

U.S. Navy photo.

Robert M. Cieri
Newport News 213k Shore bombardment of North Vietnam in 1967. George Klos
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646k 11 October 1967, Gulf of Tonkin. Ed Zajkowski
Newport News 125k The main deck strewn with empth 8-inch powder casings in December 1967. These cartridges required no further human handling once they were put into the ammunition hoists from the magazines. Spent casings were ejected from the open port below each gun. George Klos
Newport News 117k A director-controlled 5-inch mount firing. At right is a 3-inch twin mount, the last of which was removed in January 1974. George Klos
Newport News 152k A Gunners Mate makes an adjustment inside one of the 5-inch twin mounts. He is standing between the recoil mechanisms of the two guns. George Klos
Newport News 122k The volume of fire off Vietenam by the 5-inch guns is indicated by these mountains of empty powder tanks awaiting return to the replenishment ship. George Klos
Newport News 169k The daily logistics helo approches the Newport News' faintail in April 1968. George Klos
Newport News 57k A picture of the Starboard bow while coming alongside the USS Passumpsic (AO 107) off the coast of Vietnam. Ralph W. Turner
Newport News 69k Newport Rhode Island, October 18 1970. © Richard Leonhardt
Newport News 556k Welcome aboard booklet, circa 1972. Robert M. Cieri
Newport News 62k Eight inch/55 caliber guns in action, Picture is prior to 1972. USN
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128k USS Newport News (CA 148) opens fire with her 8"/55 main guns during the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) 1972 Easter Offensive, Department of Defence Photo (USN) 1151898. Robert Hurst
Newport News 509k Off the coast of Vietnam, June 1972. Taken from the USS Myles C. Fox (DD 829). Paul Wieloszynski
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  One of USS Niagara Falls (AFS 3) helos vertreping USS Newport News (CA 148) in Aug/Sept 1972. Photo by CDR Al Cusick USN Ret. (Niagara Falls Gunnery as well as Flight Deck Officer). CDR Al Cusick USN (Ret.)
Newport News 180k At 0110 on the morning of 1 October 1972, while on a fire mission off Vietnam, a faulty 8-inch projectile detonated prematurely in the center barrel of turret two. The shells in the powder train leading up from the magazine burned rapidly and 20 men were killed. This view inside the turret shows the effects of the intense heat. The powder tray extends up the center of the photo and into the breachblock. George Klos
Newport News 211k An exterior view of the gun in which the explosion occurred. The barrel has been blown completely clear of the turret and is connected only by the gun liner. George Klos
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114k Photo caption: "(MLA-2) SUBIC NAVY BASE, PHILIPPINES, Oct. 3--INSPECT WARSHIP'S DAMAGED GUN TURRET--Two members of the U.S. Navy investigating team inspect damaged gun turret Tuesday aboard the cruiser USS Newport News after the vessel's arrival at Subic Navy Base Tuesday. An explosion ripped through the gun mount Sunday, killing 19 seamen and injuring 37. (AP Wirephoto via radio from Manila) (see AP AAA wire story)(pr30919stf/j.tan)1972 EDS: Identification of the men is unavailable." Ron Reeves
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71k bow view while moored at Norfolk Naval Base on 15 June 1974. Dale Hargrave
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82k Port quarter view while moored at Norfolk Naval Base on 15 June 1974. Dale Hargrave
Newport News 179k Newport News prepares to refuel from the USS Savannah (AOR 4) in September 1974. The center of the cruiser's turret two has been plated over because the damaged gun was not replaced after the 1972 explosion. George Klos
Newport News 143k Seen here sometime after 1972, when her #2 turret, center gun exploded. The turret was not restored to service and the remaining 2 guns were fixed in place. Note helo on stern. USN
Newport News 127k Seen here sometime after 1972, when her #2 turret, center gun exploded. The turret was not restored to service and the remaining 2 guns were fixed in place. USN
Newport News 273k The Newport News visiting Oslo, Norway, 27-30 September 1974. George Klos
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90k The quarterdeck while moored at Oostelijke Pier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 27-29 OCT 1974. Robert Ruiter
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76k The quarterdeck while moored at Oostelijke Pier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 27-29 OCT 1974. Robert Ruiter
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51k Stern view (including the garbage chute) while moored at Oostelijke Pier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 27-29 OCT 1974. Robert Ruiter
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76k Moored at Oostelijke Pier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 27-29 OCT 1974. Robert Ruiter
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53k Fantail with SH-2 helicopter, moored at Oostelijke Pier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 27-29 OCT 1974. Robert Ruiter
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73k Stern crane (note the antenna assemble on top), moored at Oostelijke Pier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 27-29 OCT 1974. Robert Ruiter
Newport News 71k The Newport News lies morred in a little-used annex of Norfolk Naval Shipyard while undergoing inactivation in May 1975. Her masts are covered with scaffolding and her hull is splotched with Red Lead as the few remaining crew members prepare her for a trip to the mothball fleet. George Klos
Newport News 299k Decommissioning Booklet. 27 JUN 1975 Robert M. Cieri
Newport News 296k USS Newport News Commanding Officers (From Decommissioning Booklet). Robert M. Cieri
Newport News 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 (CLG 7); and ex-Northampton (CC 1). Official U.S. Navy Photograph #K-121961. USNHC
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83k Photo taken in one of the diesel generator rooms on 30 September 1987 at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA. Ed Zajkowski
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95k Data plate of the diesel generator in the above photo taken on 30 September 1987 at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA. Ed Zajkowski
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61k View aft from the bow. Taken on 30 September 1987 at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA. Note the removed gun on turret 2. Ed Zajkowski
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76k View of one of the starboard side 3"/50 Gun Director's. Taken on 30 September 1987 at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA. Ed Zajkowski
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71k Starboard side view of the stack and 5"/38 Gun Director. Taken on 30 September 1987 at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA. Ed Zajkowski
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60k Starboard side view of the 5"/38 Gun Director and bridge wing. Taken on 30 September 1987 at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA. Ed Zajkowski
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77k Interior view the hanger showing ventilator covers and NTDS antenna (among other items) in storage. Taken on 30 September 1987 at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA. Ed Zajkowski
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66k Interior view the hanger showing the stern crane (among other items) in storage. Taken on 30 September 1987 at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA. Ed Zajkowski
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113k Looking forward from the fantail. Taken on 30 September 1987 at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA. Ed Zajkowski
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130k Starboard side aft view showing superstructure, 5"/38 and 8"/55 turrets. Taken on 30 September 1987 at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA. Ed Zajkowski
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102k Port side aft 5"/38 turret. Taken on 30 September 1987 at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA. Ed Zajkowski
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124k Starboard side forward view showing superstructure, 5"/38 and 8"/55 turrets. Taken on 30 September 1987 at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA. Ed Zajkowski
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168k Open hatches at rear of 8" Turret #3. Taken on 30 September 1987 at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA. Ed Zajkowski
Newport News 116k Apr 1, 1993 - New Orleans, LA: The decommissioned cruiser Newport News (CA 148) stands moored to a pier at the Southern Scrapping Company. Fred Weiss

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Smoot, Roland Nesbit, CAPT VADM 01/29/49 - 11/49
Laidlaw, James S., CAPT   11/49 - 09/50
Parker, Edward Nelson (Butch), CAPT VADM 09/50 - 07/28/51
Cooper, William Goodwin, CAPT   07/28/51 - 06/27/52
Price, Walter H., CAPT RADM 06/27/52 - 08/27/53
Van Swearingen, Earl Kendall, CAPT   08/27/53 - 06/04/54
Davis, Royce P., CAPT   06/04/54 - 10/10/55
Whelchel, David Lee, CAPT RADM 10/10/55 - 01/14/57
Post Jr., William Schuyler, CAPT RADM 01/14/57 - 01/10/58
Hill Jr., Andrew Jewell, CAPT RADM 01/10/58 - 02/12/59
Ferguson, James DuGué, CAPT   02/12/59 - 07/18/59
Smith, John Victor, CAPT VADM 07/18/59 07/15/60
Bennett, Fred Groch, CAPT VADM 07/15/60 - 07/1761
Kimmel, Thomas Kincaid, CAPT   07/17/61 - 07/13/62
Bowers, Richard Harwood, CAPT   07/13/62 - 09/28/63
DuBois, Raymond Francis, CAPT RADM 09/28/63 - 08/01/64
Quinn, Robert Daniel, CAPT   08/01/64 - 08/06/65
Balis, Theodore L., CAPT   08/06/65 - 09/26/66
McCarty, Lindsay Crabbe, CAPT   09/26/66 - 02/07/68
Snyder, Edwin Knowlson (Ted), CAPT VADM 02/07/68 - 08/69
Bonds, Joseph E., CAPT   08/69 - 03/19/71
Zartman, Walter Franklin, CAPT   03/19/71 - 05/21/73
Kelly, Ronald Thomas, CAPT   05/21/73 - 12/13/74
Briner, Robert R., CAPT   12/13/74 - 06/27/75

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


USS NEWPORT NEWS (CA 148) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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