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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
AUG1964-AUG1964Guantanamo Bay
SEP1964-SEP1964Panama Canal
JUN1965-NOV1965West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN1965- Shellback Initiation - 15 JUN 1965 - Indian Ocean
JUN1965-NOV1965West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN1965-DEC1965West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN1965-DEC1965West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT1966-APR1967West Pac
OCT1966-MAR1967West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL1967-FEB1968Dry Dock
JUN1968-DEC1968West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC1968-Shellback Initiation - 2 DEC 1968 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1968-Shellback Initiation - 20 DEC 1968 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1968-Shellback Initiation - 6 DEC 1968 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1970-JUL1970West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL1973-NOV1973UNITAS
NOV1974-MAY1975Mediterranean
NOV1975-DEC1975Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
NOV1975-DEC1975Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
APR1976-SEP1976Caribbean
APR1976-SEP1976Caribbean
JUL1976-JUL1976Bicentennial New York City
OCT1976-APR1977Mediterranean
SEP1978-SEP1978Panama Canal
MAR1979-OCT1979Mediterranean
AUG1983-APR1984Grenada
AUG1985-MAY1986Mediterranean
OCT1987-MAR1988Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
DEC1990-JUN1991Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR1993-AUG1993Mediterranean
AUG1998-AUG1998Sunk as target off Puerto Rico

CG-20 General Specifications