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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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By And/Or Copyright
|451k||Christening Booklet, 29 September 1984.||Robert M. Cieri|
|790k||Valley Forge being christened by her sponsor, Mrs. Julia V. Taft, wife of William H. Taft, III, Deputy Secretary of Defense||
|436k||Commissioning Booklet, 18 January 1986.||Robert M. Cieri|
|42k||Starboard bow view.||USN|
|53k||Passing the Arizona memorial, Pearl Harbor Hawaii.||USN|
|108k||Starboard bow view.||USN|
|336k||Starboard bow view while underway in 1986.||Robert M. Cieri|
|86k||USS Valley Forge in San Diego, pierside at North Island. February 1987.||Lacy Lee, RM1 USN Ret.|
|366k||15 July 1990, location unknown||Chris Howell|
|76k||Port side view, anchored in Hong Kong Harbor, May 1991.||William Chiu|
|395k||Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1993.||Robert M. Cieri|
|224k||Change of Command booklet, 25 June 1993||Robert M. Cieri|
|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. 2 November 2002||Steven A. Cardali|
|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. 2 November 2002||Steven A. Cardali|
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|
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
|87k||ex-Valley Forge, listing to port during her SINKEX on 02 November 2006.||Eric Bentz|
|Lockhart, Theodore C. (Ted), CAPT||RADM||01/18/1986 - 05/27/1988|
|Bozzelli, Philip Anthony, CAPT||1966||05/27/1988 - 05/12/1990|
|Tedeschi Jr., Ernest Francis, CAPT||1965||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||1979||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||1984||07/03/2002 - 08/30/2004|
(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)
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