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USS Galveston (CLG-3)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Galveston (CLG-3)

USS Galveston (CL-93) was launched by William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Co., Philadelphia, Pa., 22 April 1945: and sponsored by Mrs. Clark Wallace Thompson. The cruiser's construction was suspended when nearly complete 24 June 1946; and the hull assignedto the Philadelphia Group of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. She was reclassified CLG-93 on 4 February 1956; then reclassified to CLG-3 on 23 May 1957; and commissioned at Philadelphia 28 May 1958, Captain J. B. Colwell in command.

USS Galveston (CL-93) arrived at San Juan, Puerto Rico, 16 January 1959 for training and evaluation operations in waters of the West Indies. She successfully fired the first Talos missile ever shot at sea 24 February 1959. In July 1959 USS Galveston (CL-93) conducted shakedown and acceptance trials in the Virginia Capes area, followed by a refresher training cruise to waters off Cuba and the testing of her radar and communications in war games with the U.S. Air Force.

On 6 January 1961 USS Galveston (CL-93) departed Norfolk for more Bureau of Naval Weapons technical evaluation of her Talos missile systems, including tests of the IV Talos, its capabilities and potentials, in areas off Jacksonville, Fla., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 

USS Galveston (CL-93) departed Philadelphia on 23 July 1962, transited the Panama Canal for San Diego, Calif.; and joined Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla 9, U.S. Pacific Fleet, on 24 August 1962. She operated along the West Coast until October 1963 when she sailed for the Western Pacific as flagship of the flotilla. Following a 4-month overhaul from October 1964 to February 1965, USS Galveston (CL-93) departed San Diego 4 June for operations off the coast of South Vietnam. She touched at Subic Bay, Philippines, 21 June, then sailed to join the 7th Fleet in the South China Sea. 

Resuming operations early in January 1966, USS Galveston (CL-93) operated out of San Diego to the Hawaiian Islands and along the California coast while keeping her crew and equipment in a peak state of readiness. From 31 July to 4 November she underwent modernization overhaul, then she resumed training for the remainder of 1966. Early in 1967 USS Galveston (CL-93) departed San Diego for the East Coast, and at present she is assigned to the Atlantic Fleet for duty in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

For a complete history of USS Galveston (CL-93) please see its DANFS page.