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Online Library of Selected Images:
U.S. NAVY SHIPS -- Listed by Hull Number
CAG, CLG and CG -- Guided Missile Cruisers.
In early 1952, as the U.S. Navy was beginning to convert the
heavy cruisers Boston (CA-69) and Canberra (CA-70)
to carry anti-aircraft guided missiles, it also began a new cruiser
hull number series for this new type of warship. Since both retained
some of their original eight-inch guns, they were redesignated
guided missile heavy cruisers (CAG-1 and CAG-2). In 1957, six
light cruisers were similarly redesignated as CLG-3 through CLG-8,
though the first of these briefly retained her original number
(as CLG-93). Similarly, the new construction nuclear-powered guided
missile cruiser Long Beach was initially designated CLGN-160,
then CGN-160, before receiving her definitive designation (CGN-9)
in mid-1957. The next three heavy cruiser conversions, which retained
none of their original guns, became CG-10 through CG-12. Two more
such conversions, CG-13 and CG-14, were cancelled.
In 1975, the Navy's guided missile frigates (DLG) were all
reclassified as either guided missile destroyers (DDG) or guided
missile cruisers (CG). The latter, some of which were still under
construction, retained their original DLG series numbers, becoming
CG-16 through CGN-41. In the process, the hull number CG-15 was
skipped. A short time later, construction of additional nuclear-powered
guided missile cruisers was stopped, resulting in cancellation
of the planned CGN-42.
In 1980 the new DDG-47 class guided missile destroyers were
upgraded to guided missile cruisers, but retained their original
numbers to become the CG-47 class. This reclassification also
required skipping the intervening CG series numbers (CG-43 through
CG-46). Subsequently, more than two dozen new CGs have been built
and are still in service.
This page provides the hull numbers of all U.S. Navy guided
missile cruisers (CAG, CLG and CG), with links
to those ships with photos available in the Online Library.
See the list below to locate photographs of individual guided
missile cruisers numbered in the CAG, CLG and CG series.
If the guided missile cruiser you
want does not have an active link on this page, contact the Photographic Section concerning other research options.
Left Column --
CAG-1 through CG-29:
- CAG-1: Boston (1943-1975),
previously and later CA-69
- CAG-2: Canberra (1943-1980),
previously and later CA-70
- CLG-3: Galveston (1946-1975),
previously CL-93 & CLG-93
- CLG-4: Little Rock (1945-1977),
previously CL-92, later CG-4
- CLG-5: Oklahoma City (1944-1999),
previously CL-91, later CG-5.
- CLG-6: Providence (1945-1980),
previously CL-82, later CG-6
- CLG-7: Springfield (1944-1980),
previously CL-66, later CG-7
- CLG-8: Topeka (1944-1975),
- CGN-9: Long Beach (1961-____).
Originally designated CLGN-160 & CGN-160
- CG-10: Albany (1946-1990),
- CG-11: Chicago (1945-1991),
- CG-12: Columbus (1945-1977),
- CG-13 & CG-14: cancelled conversions of heavy
- CG-15: number not used
- CG-16: Leahy (1962-____),
- CG-17: Harry E. Yarnell (1963-____),
- CG-18: Worden (1963-2000),
- CG-19: Dale (1963-2000),
- CG-20: Richmond K. Turner (1964-1998),
- CG-21: Gridley (1963-____),
- CG-22: England (1963-____),
- CG-23: Halsey (1963-____),
- CG-24: Reeves (1964-2001),
- CGN-25: Bainbridge (1962-1997),
- CG-26: Belknap (1964-1998),
- CG-27: Josephus Daniels (1965-1999),
- CG-28: Wainwright (1966-1999),
- CG-29: Jouett (1966-____),
Right Column --
Guided Missile Cruisers numbered
CG-30 through CG-73:
- CG-30: Horne (1967-____),
- CG-31: Sterett (1967-____),
- CG-32: William H. Standley (1966-____),
- CG-33: Fox (1966-____),
- CG-34: Biddle (1967-____),
- CGN-35: Truxtun (1967-1999),
- CGN-36: California (1974-19__),
- CGN-37: South Carolina (1975-19__),
- CGN-38: Virginia (1976-1999).
Begun as DLGN-38
- CGN-39: Texas (1977-1999).
Begun as DLGN-39
- CGN-40: Mississippi (1978-____).
Begun as DLGN-40
- CGN-41: Arkansas (1980-1997).
Ordered as DLGN-41
- CGN-42: unnamed (construction cancelled 1976)
- CG-43 through CG-46: numbers not used
- CG-47: Ticonderoga (1983-____).
Ordered as DDG-47
- CG-48: Yorktown (1984-____).
Ordered as DDG-48
- CG-49: Vincennes (1985-____)
- CG-50: Valley Forge (1986-____)
- CG-51: Thomas S. Gates (1987-____)
- CG-52: Bunker Hill (1986-____)
- CG-53: Mobile Bay (1987-____)
- CG-54: Antietam (1987-____)
- CG-55: Leyte Gulf (1987-____)
- CG-56: San Jacinto (1988-____)
- CG-57: Lake Champlain (1988-____)
- CG-58: Philippine Sea (1989-____)
- CG-59: Princeton (1989-____)
- CG-60: Normandy (1989-____)
- CG-61: Monterey (1990-____)
- CG-62: Chancellorsville (1989-____)
- CG-63: Cowpens (1991-____)
- CG-64: Gettysburg (1991-____)
- CG-65: Chosin (1991-____)
- CG-66: Hue City (1991-____)
- CG-67: Shiloh (1992-____)
- CG-68: Anzio (1992-____)
- CG-69: Vicksburg (1992-____)
- CG-70: Lake Erie (1993-____)
- CG-71: Cape St. George (1993-____)
- CG-72: Vella Gulf (1993-____)
- CG-73: Port Royal (1994-____)
- CLG-93: Galveston (1946-1975),
previously CL-93. Redesignated CLG-3 in 1957
- CLGN-160: Long Beach (1961-____),
later CGN-160. Completed as CGN-9
NOTES:To the best of our knowledge, the Online Library's pictures
are all in the Public Domain, and can therefore be freely downloaded
and used for any purpose.
Some images linked from this page may bear obsolete credit lines
citing the organization name: "Naval Historical Center".
Effective 1 December 2008 the name should be cited as: "Naval
History and Heritage Command".
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Page made 23 August 2002
Coding updated 23 April 2009