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U.S.S. ALBANY

(CG-10)

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The USS ALBANY (CG-10), an Oregon City-class heavy cruiser, was commissioned on 15 JUN 1946 as CA-123. USS ALBANY served her country for 34 years, 2 months and 14 days, until decommissioned on 29 AUG 1980. Commissioned after WW II, ALBANY served on the East Cost in the late 1940s and into the 1950s. In 1958 she was placed out of commission and commenced a four year retro-fit to become a guided missile cruiser, CG-11. Exiting the ship yard in November 1962, ALBANY began a second chapter of East Coast service, but this time with periodic deployments to the Mediterranean, Caribbean and North Atlantic until 1975. From 1976 to 1980, USS ALBANY served as the Flag Ship of the 6th Fleet and was homeported in Gaeta, Italy. ALBANY was decommissioned in August 1980 and subsequently sold for dismantling in 1990.

The USS ALBANY (CG-10) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

CG-10 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR1944-Keel Date: 6 MAR 1944
JUN1945-Launch Date: 30 JUN 1945
JUN1946-Commissioned: 15 JUN 1946
MAR1962-Shellback Initiation - 8 MAR 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR1962-Shellback Initiation - 8 MAR 1962 - Indian Ocean
JUL1962-MAY1964Mediterranean
AUG1962- Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC1962-JAN1963Sea Trials
JAN1963-MAR1963Caribbean
AUG1963-SEP1963Guantanamo Bay
NOV1963-APR1964Mediterranean
SEP1964-OCT1964North Atlantic
MAR1965-MAR1965Caribbean
MAY1965-OCT1965Mediterranean
OCT1965-DEC1965Mediterranean
DEC1965-DEC1965Caribbean
JAN1966-FEB1966Caribbean
FEB1966-MAR1966H-bomb retrieval off Palomares Spain (command ship)
MAR1966-OCT1966Mediterranean
APR1966-OCT1966Mediterranean
DEC1966-DEC1966Caribbean
AUG1968-SEP1968Guantanamo Bay
JAN1969-JAN1971Mediterranean
JUL1969-AUG1969Guantanamo Bay
FEB1970-SEP1970Mediterranean
JAN1971-JUL1971Mediterranean
SEP1971-OCT1971Guantanamo Bay
SEP1972-FEB1973North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
SEP1972-FEB1973Mediterranean
JAN1973-JUN1974North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
FEB1973-APR1973West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1975-NOV1975Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
AUG1975-NOV1975North Atlantic
SEP1976-AUG1978Mediterranean
OCT1976-MAR1977Mediterranean
FEB1977-OCT1980Mediterranean
JAN1978-JAN1980Mediterranean
MAY1978- Shellback Initiation - 2 MAY 1978 - Indian Ocean
MAY1978- Shellback Initiation - 2 MAY 1978 - Indian Ocean
SEP1978-Shellback Initiation - 12 SEP 1978 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV1978-NOV1980Mediterranean
NOV1979-JAN1980Mediterranean
AUG1980-Decommissioned: 29 AUG 1980

CG-10 General Specifications

Complement: 1 969 officers and enlisted

Displacement: 13700 tons

Length: 673 feet 5 inches

Beam: 70 feet 10 inches

Draft: 26 feet 4 in

Flank Speed: 32 Knots



USS ALBANY (CG-10)



The fourth Albany (CA-123) was laid down on 6 March 1944 at Quincy, Mass., by the Bethlehem Steel Co.; launched on 30 June 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Elizabeth F. Pinckney; and commissioned on 15 June 1946 at the Boston Navy Yard, Capt. Harold A. Carlisle in command.

Following outfitting and a shakedown cruise in the vicinity of Casco Bay, Maine, Albany began operations along the east coast of the United States punctuated with cruises to the West Indies. During the ensuing months, the cruiser made a number of voyages for the purpose of training naval reservists and NROTC midshipmen. Albany continued to perform such duty until 11 September 1948 when she stood out of Chesapeake Bay for her first tour of duty with the American naval forces operating in the Mediterranean Sea, recently made a permanent establishment as the 6th Fleet. That deployment set the tone for the next decade. The cruiser alternated five assignments to the 6th Fleet with operations along the east coast of the United States and in the West Indies and made three cruises to South American ports. During one of the South American voyages, Albany carried the official United States representative to the inauguration of the President of Brazil in January 1951.

On 30 June 1958, Albany was placed out of commission at the Boston Naval Shipyard to begin conversion to a guided missile cruiser. On 1 November 1958, she was redesignated CG-10. The warship spent the next four years at Boston undergoing very extensive modifications as part of the conversion. The ship was recommissioned at Boston on 3 November 1962, Capt. Ben B. Pickett in command. For almost five years, she again alternated deployments to European waters-both to the Mediterranean Sea and to the North Atlantic-with operations along the east coast and in the West Indies. During that time, the cruiser visited many foreign ports and participated in a number of exercises with units of friendly navies. On 1 March 1967, she was decommissioned at the Boston Naval Shipyard once again to undergo extensive modifications. Some 20 months later, on 9 November 1968, the guided missile cruiser was placed back in commission at Boston, Capt. Robert C. Peniston in command.

However, the warship did not complete her rehabilitation and modernization overhaul until the summer of 1969. On 5 July, she stood out of Boston on her way-via Yorktown, Va., and Norfolk, Va.-to Mayport, Fla., her new home port. After several weeks of preparations, Albany embarked upon her shakedown cruise to the West Indies on 15 September. On 31 October, the guided missile cruiser returned to Mayport to begin operations with the Atlantic Fleet. Late in February 1970, Albany embarked upon her first deployment to European waters since her modernization overhaul. During the next six years, she made three cruises to the Mediterranean and completed one assignment to northern European waters. On 10 August 1976, Albany put to sea from Norfolk, bound for an extended tour of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea. Operating from her overseas home port at Gaeta, Italy, she served as flagship for the Commander, 6th Fleet, for almost four years.

Relieved of that duty at Gaeta by Puget Sound (AD-38) on 28 May 1980, the guided missile cruiser embarked upon the voyage back to the United States on 2 June. After stops at Mallorca, Spain, and Lisbon, Portugal, she arrived in New York City on 20 June. From there, the warship moved south to Hampton Roads, Va. On 29 August 1980, Albany was placed out of commission at Norfolk, Va. She was berthed with the Norfolk Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 30 June 1985. However, as of the beginning of 1987, the ship was still there.

[Note: The above USS ALBANY (CG-10) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS ALBANY (CG-10), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]