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U.S.S. RICHMOND K. TURNER

(CG-20)

The 30 Knot Ghost of the Vietnam Coast

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The USS RICHMOND K. TURNER (CG-20), the fifth Leahy class cruiser, was commissioned on 13 JUN 1964 as guided missile destroyer leader DLG-20. Built at the New York Shipbuilding yard in Camden, New Jersey, USS RICHMOND K. TURNER was called to Vietnam after her shake down training a Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. RICHMOND K. TURNER deployed four times to the waters of Vietnam, then underwent an extensive overhaul in Bath, Maine during 1971-72. USS RICHMOND K. TURNER assumed duty in the Atlantic after overhaul and sailed on Caribbean, North and south Atlantic, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean deployments for the remainder of her service career. USS RICHMOND K. TURNER served her country for 30 years and 10 months, until decommissioned on 13 APR 1995. The hulk of USS RICHMOND K. TURNER was disposed of as a target off Puerto Rico in August 1998.

The USS RICHMOND K. TURNER (CG-20) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

CG-20 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG 1964 - AUG 1964 Guantanamo Bay
SEP 1964 - SEP 1964 Panama Canal
JUN 1965 - DEC 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1966 - APR 1967 West Pac
OCT 1966 - MAR 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1967 - FEB 1968 Dry Dock
JUN 1968 - DEC 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 2 DEC 1968 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 20 DEC 1968 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 6 DEC 1968 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1970 - JUL 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1973 - NOV 1973 UNITAS
NOV 1974 - MAY 1975 Mediterranean
MAR 1979 - OCT 1979 Mediterranean
AUG 1983 - APR 1984 Grenada
AUG 1985 - MAY 1986 Mediterranean
OCT 1987 - MAR 1988 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
DEC 1990 - JUN 1991 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR 1993 - AUG 1993 Mediterranean
AUG 1998 - AUG 1998 Sunk as target off Puerto Rico

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