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USS NORTH HAMPTON (CC-1) - a US Navy command light cruiser

In Commission 1953 to 1970

CC-1 Deployments - Major Events

Add a CC-1 Shellback Initiation Add a CC-1 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUN 1944 - Shellback Initiation - 1 JUN 1944 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1944 - Keel Date: 31 AUG 1944
at Bethlehem Steel Corporation Quincy MA
JAN 1951 - Launch Date: 27 JAN 1951
MAR 1953 - Commissioned: 7 MAR 1953
MAR 1953 - APR 1956 Mediterranean
JAN 1958 - MAR 1958 Mediterranean
JAN 1960 - JAN 1961 Radio signal around the world
JUN 1961 - NOV 1961 Cuban Missle Blockade
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 President Kennedy aboard October 1962
JAN 1966 - JAN 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1966 - SEP 1966 North Atlantic
SEP 1966 - SEP 1966 President Johnson on board
JUL 1968 - JUL 1968 Medical escort ship for Pres Johnsons trip to El Salvador
JUL 1968 - JUL 1968 Panama Canal
JUL 1968 - JUL 1968 Transited the Panama Canal
FEB 1970 - FEB 1970 Decommisioning
APR 1970 - Decommissioned: 8 APR 1970

CC-1 General Specifications

Complement: 2000 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 13700 tons

Length: 674 feet 11 inches

Flank Speed: 33 knots

Final Disposition: Scrapped


The third Northampton was laid down as CA-125 31 August 1944 by the Fore River Yard Bethlehem Steel Corp. Quincy Mass. Work suspended between 11 August 1945 and 1 July 1948; she was launched as CLC-1 27 January 1951; sponsored by Mrs. Edmond J . Lampron and commissioned as CLC-1 7 March 1953 Capt. William D. Irvin in command.

Following shakedown Northampton reported for duty to Commander Operational Development Forces Atlantic Fleet. For seven months she conducted extensive tests of her new equipment. Evaluation completed in September 1954 she reverted to the operati onal control of Commander Battleship-Cruiser Force Atlantic Fleet. She next demonstrated her capabilities as a tactical Command Ship by serving as flagship first for Commander Amphibious Force Atlantic Fleet (October-November 1954) and then for Command er 6th Fleet (December 1954-March 1955). Between 1 September and 22 October she served as flagship for Commander Strike Force Atlantic a position she was to hold frequently over the next fifteen years.

On 24 February 1956 Northampton emerged from her first overhaul at the Portsmouth Va. Naval Shipyard and after refresher training off Cuba participated as a unit of the Navy's first guided missile division afloat CruDiv 6 in the first publ ic demonstration of the Terrier missile. In April she steamed east for 6 months with the 6th Fleet and during the summer of 1957 resumed midshipmen training cruises. But between that time and 1961 she returned only infrequently to European waters. D eployed on those occasions for NATO and Fleet exercises and People to People visits the command ship was visited by high government officials of various European countries including King Baudouin of the Belgians and King Olav V of Norway.

Redesignated CC-1 on 15 April 1961 Northampton has remained in the western Atlantic until decommissioning in February 1970. Her cruises ranged from Canadian to Panamanian waters as she extensively tested and evaluated new communications equipment and played host to visiting national and international dignitaries including Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

[Note: The above USS NORTH HAMPTON (CC-1) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS NORTH HAMPTON (CC-1) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]