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USS LEAHY (CG-16) - a Leahy class cruiser

In Commission 1962 to 1993

CG-16 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1959 - Keel Date: 3 DEC 1959
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
JUL 1961 - Launch Date: 1 JUL 1961
AUG 1962 - Commissioned: 4 AUG 1962
JUL 1964 - DEC 1964 Mediterranean
AUG 1966 - DEC 1966 UNITAS
SEP 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 18 SEP 1966 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1969 - DEC 1969 UNITAS
SEP 1970 - APR 1971 Mediterranean
FEB 1972 - JUL 1972 Mediterranean
APR 1975 - OCT 1975 Visit to Lenningrad USSR
SEP 1976 - JUN 1978 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 15 JAN 1978 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1978 - FEB 1979 West Pac
AUG 1978 - FEB 1979 West Pac
OCT 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 17 OCT 1979 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1983 - SEP 1983 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1984 - MAR 1985 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 10 JAN 1985 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1986 - FEB 1987 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
DEC 1986 - Shellback Initiation - 19 DEC 1986 - Indian Ocean
MAR 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 30 MAR 1987 - Indian Ocean
SEP 1989 - Shellback Initiation - 8 SEP 1989 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1991 - JUL 1991 Desert Storm
NOV 1992 - Shellback Initiation - 17 NOV 1992 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1992 - MAY 1993 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT 1993 - Decommissioned: 1 OCT 1993

CG-16 General Specifications

Class: Leahy class cruiser

Named for: William D. Leahy

Complement: 37 Officers and 408 Enlisted

Displacement: 5912 tons

Length: 533 feet

Beam: 55 feet

Flank Speed: 32 knots

Range: 8 000 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition:Dismantled/Scrapped in Brownsville Texas January 2005 (Completed) by International Shipbreaking Limited


Leahy (DLG-16) was laid down by Bath Iron Works Corp. Bath Maine 3 December 1959; launched 1 July 1961; sponsored by Mrs. Michael J. Mansfield wife of Senator Mansfield Mont. Senate Majority Leader; and commissioned 4 August 1962 Capt. Rober t L. Baughan Jr. in command.

After shakedown in the Caribbean Leahy departed Boston 19 September 1963 and reported to Charleston S.C. where Rear Adm. E. E. Grimm Commander CruiserDestroyer Flotilla 6 selected her as his flagship. She then proceeded to the Jacksonville operating areas for type training and briefly put in to home port in November before returning to the Caribbean to participate in AA warfare exercises.

On 2 January 1964 the DLG was again bound for the Caribbean for missile training which ended 26 February. From 1 to 10 April she joined in an amphibious exercise "Quick Kick V " and on 1 June was permanently assigned to Destroyer Squadron 6.

Leahy departed for duty with the 6th Fleet 17 July as part of a Fast Carrier Task Group which included Forrestal (CVA-59) and participated in a coordinated fleet exercise. "MEDLANDEX-64 " between the Balearic Islands and Sardinia. She then carried out independent training in the eastern Mediterranean before departing Naples Italy 22 September to join in NATO exercise "FALLEX-64." She returned to Naples 26 October and in November participated in another fleetwide exercise "POOPDECK-IV " which brought some 40 ships of T.F. 60 together off the coast of Spain.

Leahy departed Barcelona Spain 2 December for replenishment and on 14 December drew the curtain on 32 750 miles of steaming while deployed with the 6th Fleet. She arrived Charleston 22 December and began a period of restricted availability in preparation for extensive tests to evaluate the Terrier Guidance Missile System. During these tests which were completed in September Leahy was briefly deployed in the Dominican Republic Operation. ; from 28 April to 7 May 1965 as a unit of th e Strike and Covering Force. She departed Charleston 31 November for the Mediterranean and relieved TVilliant V. Pratt (DLG-13) at Polensa Majorca 9 December. During this second deployment with the 6th Fleet she operated throughout the Mediterranean participating In ASW gunnery and AA warfare exercises as well as major fleet tactical operations supporting our NATO Allies.

Leahy returned home to Charleston on 8 April 1966. During June and July she gave some 60 midshipmen from Annapolis valuable at-sea training and visited ports along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean. Following this Leahy conducted exercises with the navies of many South American countries as part of operation UNITAS I'll. She sailed through the Panama Canal in early September thence south and through the Straits of Magellan at the end of October.

The operation was completed on 6 December and the DLG returned to Charleston on the 15th. Leahy then prepared for massive modernization at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard arriving there 27 January 1967 and decommissioning 18 February. For over a year she received new AAW and ASW equipment allowing her to utilize the most recent developments in the technology of naval warfare. She was placed in commission special on 4 May 1968 for the extensive period of testing her updated weapons systems. Leaving Philadelphia on 18 August she arrived at her new home port Norfolk 3 days later and continued the process of sharpening her expanded capabilities into 1 969. She is scheduled to return to a full commission status in mid-1969.

[Note: The above USS LEAHY (CG-16) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS LEAHY (CG-16) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]