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USS 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
DEC 1963 Keel Date: 9 DEC 1963
at Bath Iron Works Bath ME
JUL 1965 Launch Date: 2 JUL 1965
JAN 1967 Commissioned: 21 JAN 1967
JAN 1968 - SEP 1968 orderofmegillan
JAN 1968 - NOV 1968 West Pac - Vietnam - Circumnavigation
JAN 1968 - SEP 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 27 JUL 1968 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 27 JUL 1968 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1969 - DEC 1969 West Pac - Vietnam
APR 1972 - OCT 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1972 - JUL 1972 Attacked by 5 MiGs July 19, 1972 while on PIRAZ duty
JUN 1974 - NOV 1974 Mediterranean
APR 1975 - MAR 1976 Regular Overhaul
MAR 1976 - APR 1976 Dry Dock
APR 1976 - JUN 1976 Guantanamo Bay
FEB 1977 - MAR 1977 Caribbean
JUL 1977 - OCT 1977 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
MAR 1978 - AUG 1978 Mediterranean
AUG 1981 - NOV 1981 Mediterranean
MAR 1982 - JUN 1982 Mediterranean
MAY 1982 - DEC 1982 Mediterranean
MAY 1983 - AUG 1983 North Atlantic
MAY 1984 - NOV 1984 Mediterranean
OCT 1985 - MAY 1986 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
DEC 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 10 DEC 1985 - Indian Ocean
SEP 1988 - FEB 1989 Mediterranean
AUG 1990 - MAR 1991 Desert Storm
AUG 1990 - MAR 1991 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 1993 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