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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - PRIZE

Displacement 8315 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 540' (oa) x 53' 6" x 19' (Max)
Armament 8 x 3"/50 RF (4x2), 8 x 20mm (4x2), 4 Weapon Alfa ASW Systems, 8 x 21" TT (8x1)
Machinery, 80,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 6000 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 546.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding on September 1 1949.
Launched December 29 1951 and commissioned March 4 1953.
Designed as a Fast Hunter Killer based on Atlanta (CL-51) Hull.
Class proved too costly to produce in large numbers and was canceled.
Norfolk spent her entire career as a test and trials ship.
Stricken November 1 1973.
Fate Sold August 22 1974 and broken up for scrap.

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Norfolk 233kUndated, location unknown.Don Smith
Norfolk 113kFully completed with twin 3"/70 caliber main armament and super-firing Weapon As both fore and aft, the Norfolk heads out to sea. Undated.-
Norfolk 76kUndated, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Norfolk 72kUndated, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Norfolk 109kUSS Norfolk fires deadly ASROC missile at Ket West, Florida during evaluation tests. Navy photo 710735. From the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray (USS Essex CV-9).Chris Stanley
Norfolk 100kAnother view of the ASROC test firing.Tommy Trampp
Norfolk 117kOblique aerial view off the starboard bow of USS Norfolk (DL-1), location unknown. USN Official from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1959-60."Robert Hurst
Norfolk 68kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Norfolk 82kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Norfolk 157kUndated, location unknown.David Way
Norfolk 164kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Norfolk 231kJust prior to launching on Dec 29, 1951.-
Norfolk 160kJust prior to launching on Dec 29, 1951.Dale Hargrave
Norfolk 303kLaunching on Dec 29, 1951.Dale Hargrave
Norfolk 120kSliding down the ways from ALL HANDS magazine of February 1952.Stanley Svec
Norfolk 92k1951 off Camden, NJ. Official US Navy Photograph.Tommy Trampp
Norfolk 92kNewly completed on July 6, 1953 the Norfolk was originally equipped with 3"/50s and twin 20mm guns before receiving the 3"/70s as specified in her design. Her Weapon A anti-submarine mounts are visible but her ASW torpedoes were enclosed in the after superstructure and can't be seen in this photo.-
Norfolk 51kCirca 1954, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Norfolk 31kCirca 1954, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Norfolk 87kUSS Norfolk (DL-1), underway circa 1957, location unknown. Note unidentified US heavy cruiser in background. Photo U.S. Navy, Official.Robert Hurst
Norfolk 56kUSS Norfolk (DL-1) photo by Reginald Vollmer September, 1957 at the pier at Naval School of Mine Warfare, Yorktown, VA.Derick S. Hartshorn
Norfolk 173k1958 photo showing the Norfolk in her test ship role. Here she is carrying the prototype SPS-26 three dimensional radar, mounted abaft her rear stack. An ASW torpedo tube cover is visible as a dark square on her after superstructure, just to the left of the covered boat amidships. -
Norfolk 100kWirephoto dated May 12 1962.Ron Reeves
Norfolk 78kIn Rio in 1963 during UNITAS IV.Gary L. Smith (RM3)
Norfolk 107kUSS Norfolk (DL-1), underway circa 1964, location unknown. Photo courtesy "Our Navy" from the 1964-65 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Norfolk 118k1964 stern view of the USS Norfolk (DL-1), along with Tribal class HMS Tartar (F 133) and Leander class HMS Phoebe (F 42). The ships are all dressed up with flags flying, at an unknown location. Source: Imperial War Museum British Post-1945 Official Classified Print Collection, Photo No. IWM (HU 129948).Mike Green
Norfolk 252kUSS Norfolk (DL-1), Underway with crew at quarters, circa the early or middle 1960s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106794.Robert Hurst
Norfolk 57kCirca 1965, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Norfolk 200kDestroyer Leader USS Norfolk (DL-1) underway, circa 1965. USN official photo.Robert Hurst
Norfolk 176kUSS Norfolk DL-1 underway in Hampton Roads, Va. on June 30 1965. Photographer was PH3 J. S. Stratford.Charles Lamm
Norfolk 89kFremantle, Australia 1968.Graeme D. Fuller
Norfolk 256kUSS Norfolk (DL-1) underway in 1968, location unknown. United States Navy.Robert Hurst
Norfolk 235kUSS Norfolk (DL-1) underway in 1969, location unknown. United States Navy.Robert Hurst
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1974 Sealed Bid Pamphlet
Ed Zajkowski
Norfolk 151kThe ship's bell.Earl Gimlich
Norfolk 54kA series of photos showing the Norfolk's guns as they appeared at the Boca Raton (Florida) Community High School in July 2007.Bill King
Norfolk 90kAs above.Bill King
Norfolk 95kAs above.Bill King
Norfolk 43kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Norfolk 42kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CAPT Clarence Matheson Bowley    Mar 1 1953 - Oct 9 1954

CAPT Carl Arthur Johnson    Oct 9 1954 - Mar 1 1956

CAPT John Raymond Leeds    Mar 1 1956 - Jul 12 1957

CAPT Leon Samuel Kintberger    Jul 12 1957 - Aug 15 1958 (Later RADM)

CAPT Joseph William Koenig    Aug 15 1958 - Aug 10 1959

CAPT Hugh Quinn Murray    Aug 10 1959 - Jun 21 1960

CAPT Richard Rockwell Pratt    Jun 21 1960 - Jun 14 1961 (Later RADM)

CAPT Robert Ernest Odening    Jun 14 1961 - Mar 13 1962

CAPT John Reginald Beardall Jr.    Mar 13 1962 - Jun 1963

CAPT David Michael Rubel    Jun 1963 - Jul 24 1964

CAPT Parker Broadhurst Armstrong    Jul 24 1964 - Jul 2 1965 (Later VADM)

CAPT Vincent Douglass Maynard Jr.    Jul 2 1965 - 1966

CAPT Frank Clyde Dunham Jr.    1966 - 1967

CAPT Robert Hilton Lemmon    1967 - 1968

CAPT Charles Douglas Allen Jr.    1968 - 1969

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Geoff Patterson
Phone: (910)984-1184
Next Reunion: August 8-15, 2020 at New Orleans, Louisiana

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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