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U.S.S. BIDDLE

(CG-34)

NEW THREAT NO SWEAT

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The USS BIDDLE (CG-34), a Belknap-class guided missile cruiser, was commissioned on 21 JAN 1967. Built at the Bath Iron works in Bath, Maine, USS BIDDLE spent a full year post commissioning on the East Coast fitting out and undergoing shakedown training. In January 1968 she stood out of Hampton Roads for the Western Pacific and the coast of Vietnam. Returning via the Suez Canal, BIDDLE completed a circumnavigation of the world during her first deployment. A second Vietnam deployment followed in 1969. Overhauled in 1970-71, BIDDLE returned to Vietnam in April - October 1972. From 1973 USS BIDDLE served her country while deploying to the Caribbean, North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean. USS BIDDLE served her country for 26 years, 10 months and 9 days, until decommissioned on 30 NOV 1993. The hulk of the BIDDLE was scrapped in 2001.

The USS BIDDLE (CG-34) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

CG-34 Deployments - Major Events

Add a CG-34 Shellback Initiation Add a CG-34 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC1963-Keel Date: 9 DEC 1963
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
JUL1965-Launch Date: 2 JUL 1965
JAN1967-JAN1967Commisioning
JAN1967-JAN1967Commisioning
JAN1967-Commissioned: 21 JAN 1967
JAN1967-JAN1968Sea Trials
JAN1968-SEP1968orderofmegillan
JAN1968-NOV1968West Pac - Vietnam - Circumnavigation
JAN1968-SEP1968West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1968-JAN1968Panama Canal
JUL1968-Shellback Initiation - 27 JUL 1968 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL1968-Shellback Initiation - 27 JUL 1968 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1968- Shellback Initiation - 17 AUG 1968 - Indian Ocean
AUG1968- Shellback Initiation - 17 AUG 1968 - Indian Ocean
MAY1969-DEC1969West Pac - Vietnam
OCT1971-Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
APR1972-OCT1972West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL1972-JUL1972Attacked by 5 MiGs July 19 1972 while on PIRAZ duty
JUN1974-NOV1974Mediterranean
APR1975-MAR1976Regular Overhaul
MAR1976-APR1976Dry Dock
APR1976-JUN1976Guantanamo Bay
FEB1977-MAR1977Caribbean
JUL1977-DEC1977Deployment
JUL1977-JAN1978Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JUL1977-OCT1977North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
FEB1978-MAR1978Dry dock in Greese
MAR1978-AUG1978Mediterranean
AUG1981-NOV1981Mediterranean
JAN1982-JAN1984North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
MAR1982-JUN1982Mediterranean
MAY1982-DEC1982Mediterranean
MAY1983-AUG1983North Atlantic
MAY1984-NOV1984Mediterranean
OCT1985-MAY1986Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
DEC1985- Shellback Initiation - 10 DEC 1985 - Indian Ocean
DEC1985-Shellback Initiation - 10 DEC 1985 - Indian Ocean
SEP1988-FEB1989Mediterranean
AUG1990-MAR1991Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG1990-MAR1991Desert Storm
JAN1991-DEC1991Desert Shield
MAY1992-NOV1992Mediterranean
FEB1993-Shellback Initiation - 7 FEB 1993 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1993-Shellback Initiation - 3 FEB 1993 - Pacific Ocean
NOV1993-Decommissioned: 30 NOV 1993

CG-34 General Specifications

Class: Belknap-class guided missile cruiser

Named for: Nicholas Biddle

Complement: 27 Officers and 450 Enlisted

Displacement: 7930 tons

Length: 547 feet

Beam: 55 feet

Flank Speed: 32 knots

Final Disposition: Disposed of by scrapping dismantling