USS TRUXTUN (CGN-35)
The fifth Truxtun (DLGN-35)
was laid down on 17 June 1963 at Camden, N.J., by the New York Shipbuilding
Corp.; launched on 19 December 1964; co-sponsored
by Mrs. Kirby H. Tappan and Mrs. Scott Umstead;
and commissioned on 27 May 1967, Capt. David D. Work in command.
Truxtun cleared Camden on 3 June and headed for the west coast. En route, she visited Yorktown and
Norfolk, Va.; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba;
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Mar del
Plata, Argentina. The guided missile
frigate rounded Cape Horn on 10 July and entered the Pacific Ocean. After port calls at Valparaiso, Chile, and Mazatlan, Mexico, Truxtun reached
Long Beach, her home port, on 29 July. After conducting trials there in late summer and early fall, she
commenced shakedown training in
November. She interrupted shakedown twice: on 10 and 11 November for Operation "Bell Anchor" and again from
27 November to 3 December for
Exercise "Blue Lotus."
The nuclear-powered warship completed her shakedown training and, on 2 January 1968, got underway for the western Pacific. She made an overnight
stop at Pearl Harbor on the 7th and
8th and arrived in Sasebo, Japan, on
the 19th. Five days later, Truxtun and Enterprise (CVAN-65)
departed Sasebo and headed for the Sea
of Japan in response to North Korea's seizure of American environmental
research ship Pueblo (AGEB-2). She operated in the Sea of Japan until 16 February when she headed south for her
first line period off the coast of
Vietnam. After a brief overnight stop
in Subic Bay on the 19th and 20th, the guided
missile frigate set a course for "Yankee Station" in the Gulf
of Tonkin. Truxtun spent the majority of
the remainder of her deployment in the Far East operating off the coast of Vietnam. While in the combat zone, she
conducted search and rescue (SAR) missions, stood guard against North
Vietnamese air attacks as a positive
identification radar zone (PIRAZ) picket ship, and served as plane-guard
ship for carriers Enterprise, Bon Homme
Richard (CVA-31), and Ticonderoga
(CVS-14). Truxtun punctuated
her line periods with calls at Singapore,
Hong Kong, Danang, and Subic Bay.
She departed Subic Bay on 6 July, steamed east toward the United States, and reentered Long Beach on the 19th.
For the next four months,
the warship operated along the west
coast. She acted as plane guard for Ranger (CVA-61), Kitty
Hawk (CVA-63), Enterprise, and Yorktown
(CVS-10) while those carriers conducted landing qualifications for pilots. In mid-November, Truxtun became
an antisubmarine warfare school ship and trained student sailors in the
techniques of hunting submarines. Early in
December, the guided missile frigate returned to Long Beach to prepare
In January 1969, she shifted
to Bremerton, Wash., where she entered the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for refurbishing which lasted until April. The ship
then resumed operations along the
west coast which continued until 23
September when she got underway for
her second deployment with the 7th Fleet.
After a stop at Pearl
Harbor, the guided missile frigate
arrived at Subic Bay on 20 October. Again, she spent much of her
deployment cruising along the coast of
embattled Vietnam, taking time periodically to make port calls at Hong Kong, Singapore, and Subic
Bay. However, in addition to acting
as plane guard for carriers and standing duty as PIRAZ and SAR ship, she also served as a peacetime aerial
reconnaissance protective (PAPRO)
picket in the Sea of Japan and participated
in the Taiwan Strait patrol. Just before departing the Far East, she conducted exercises in the vicinity of Okinawa and then made her final port
visit at Sasebo, Japan, from 6 to 11
Truxtun returned to Long Beach on 23 March and launched into a round of inspections and training cruises. In June, the warship embarked 40 NROTC midshipmen for their summer training cruise. During
the first part of the cruise, she
fired missiles on the Pacific missile
range and visited San Francisco and Seattle.
On 13 July, she departed Seattle for Pearl Harbor to conduct the second part of the training cruise. On 29 July, Truxtun returned to
Long Beach from Hawaii, disembarked
the midshipmen, and resumed normal operations. For the remainder of the summer, she conducted exercises and underwent
various inspections. From 16 to 25
October, she moored alongside Gompers (AD-37) for a tender availability.
Following one more period of exercises
at sea late in October, she entered
the Long Beach Naval Shipyard in preparation for a three-month
restricted availability which began on 2
Truxtun's yard work was completed in mid-January, and
the frigate then conducted type training and ASW exercises before preparing to deploy to the western Pacific once more. She returned to Long Beach on
22 January 1971 and remained there
until 2 February when she got underway for Pearl Harbor.
After a two-day layover in Hawaii, she resumed her voyage to
the Far East on 9 February and reached Subic Bay on the 20th. During
that deployment, Truxtun returned to her familiar routine along the coast of Vietnam, standing PIRAZ picket duty and conducting exercises and
tests. She visited Yokosuka, Japan, several times and made single stops at Hong Kong and Sattahip, Thailand.
In late April, she also patrolled the Taiwan Strait for two days.
On 6 July, she completed
her final line period of the deployment
and left the Gulf of Tonkin. After a visit to Subic Bay, she set a course, on the 10th, for Fre-mantle, Australia, where she spent a week at the
end of July. Following port calls at
Pago Pago, Samoa, and Pearl Harbor, she moored at Long Beach on 17 August and began post-deployment standdown.
Through the end of September, Truxtun received visitors
on board and conducted drills to improve and to test her missile and gunnery marksmanship. During the first week
in October, a Board of Inspection and
Survey inspected Truxtun; and, on the 8th, she began a restricted
availability during which she was modified
to utilize the Light Airborne
Multi-purpose System (LAMPS). From 18
November to 9 December, she conducted post-availability dock trials and type training as well as testing the newly
installed LAMPS system. On 14 December 1971, a team from Naval Air Systems
Command inspected and certified Truxtun's LAMPS
During the first six
months of 1972, Truxtun operated out of her home port in North American
coastal waters. She conducted
exercises, entertained visitors, and underwent several inspections. Following another restricted availability in June, she spent July preparing for
her fourth tour of duty with the 7th
On 13 July, she departed
Long Beach with HMNZS Canterbury, bound for the western Pacific
and for her most eventful series of line periods off Vietnam. She parted company from Canterbury on 18 July
and put into Pearl Harbor the
following day. On the 23d, Truxtun
resumed her voyage to the Orient
and moored at Subic Bay on 4 August.
Four days later, she loaded ammunition
and got underway for her first line period in the Gulf of Tonkin. Over
the next five months, the guided missile
frigate stood both SAR and PIRAZ picket
duty. During these assignments, she evaded at least three typhoons. Her busiest week came between 8 and 15 October,
when her radarmen vectored the combat
air patrol to six MiG kills, three of which occurred on the 15th alone.
By the end of her deployment, she had
teamed up with the combat air patrol to down five more, bringing her
victory tally to 11 MiG's. In October,
November, and January, Truxtun briefly joined the Taiwan Strait patrol. She also made port calls at Sasebo, Singapore, Hong Kong, and
Yokosuka. On 21 January 1973, Reeves (DLG-24) relieved her on the north SAR station, and Truxtun headed,
via the Taiwan Strait, for Japan. She
stopped at Yokosuka from 26 to 30
January before continuing on, via Pearl Harbor, to Long Beach, where she arrived on Lincoln's Birthday.
took up the ensuing month. On 19
March, she moored alongside Piedmont (AD-15) and commenced a
tender availability which lasted until late
April. Truxtun then resumed operations in and out of Long Beach. In May, she conducted type training off the California coast and naval
gunfire support qualifications at San
Clemente Island. On 7 June, the
warship began embarking Naval Academy and NROTC midshipmen for their
summer cruise. For the next two months, she
trained the midshipmen, carrying them to ports along the west coast as
well as to Hawaii.
She debarked the
midshipmen on 27 July and began preparations
for her fifth deployment to the Far East.
On 17 August, Truxtun got underway from Long Beach, bound for the western Pacific. En route, she
stopped at Pearl Harbor and reached
Subic Bay on 5 September. She
punctuated relatively uneventful tours of duty on PIRAZ station in the Gulf of Tonkin with port
visits to Sattahip, Singapore,
Manila, and Yokosuka. Truxtun also
conducted missile exercises and ASW drills. On 9 December, she stood out of Subic Bay, sifted through the San Bernardino Strait, and headed for home.
On Christmas Eve 1973, the guided missile frigate moored at Long Beach and began preparations for her first complex overhaul.
On 25 January 1974, Truxtun
cleared Long Beach for Bremerton, Wash. Four days later, she entered
the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. There, the
warship began a major 18-month
overhaul during which her nuclear reactors
On 30 June 1975, near the end of that repair period, Truxtun was
reclassifled a nuclear-powered guided
missile cruiser and was redesig-nated
CGN-35. On 31 July, she completed the overhaul and all attendant tests and trials and sailed for San Diego. She arrived in her new home port on 4 August
and resumed normal operations in the
southern California area. That schedule occupied her for the following 12 months.
On 30 July 1976, the
guided missile cruiser headed out of San Diego, bound for the western Pacific.
After two weeks of training in the
Hawaiian Islands, she continued her
voyage west on 16 August; and, after a somewhat
circuitous cruise that took her to Wellington in New Zealand and Melbourne in Australia, Truxtun arrived in Subic Bay on 25 September. She
conducted operations in the
Philippines for about a month and then
departed Subic Bay on 28 October, bound for the Indian Ocean and participation in Operation "Midlink 76." She arrived in Karachi, Pakistan, on 9
November for three days of briefings in preparation for the exercise. From 13 to 21 November, the warship joined
in the multinational exercise in the
waters off the coast of Pakistan. She
returned to Karachi at the conclusion of
"Midlink" on the 21st and remained there until the 24th at which time she headed back to Subic Bay. Local operations in the Philippines occupied the
remainder of the year. From 4 to 13 January 1977, Truxtun made
a round-trip voyage to Hong Kong and back. She
completed READEX 1-77 between 15 and 21 January and then again headed for the Indian Ocean in company with Enterprise (CVN-65) and Long
Beach (CGN-9). En route, she and her travelling companions conducted exercise "Merlion III" with
units of the Singapore Armed Forces
on the 25th. Truxtun participated
in Operation "Houdini" in mid-February and visited Port Victoria in
the Seychelle Islands. She returned to
Subic Bay on 13 March and, four days later,
got underway for the United States.
After an 11-day non-stop voyage, she reentered San Diego on 28 March. The guided missile cruiser conducted a four-week restricted availability and
then resumed operations along the
California coast. For six months,
the warship conducted routine independent snip's exercises, gunnery
drills, and antisubmarine warfare training. She spent the month of November at
the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard undergoing repairs to her nuclear power plant
and returned to San Diego on 4 December. For
the remaining three weeks of 1977, Truxtun
operated out of her home port.
The first three months of
1978 were spent in operations off the west coast in preparation for Truxtun's
forthcoming deployment to the western
Pacific. The ship departed San Diego on 4 April and spent the next six months in operations with the 7th Fleet which took
her as far west as the Arabian Sea
and as far south as Perth, Australia.
Truxtun returned to San Diego on 27 October. Local operations out of San Diego, following post-deployment
standdown, concluded the year.
Truxton decommissioned on 11 September 1995, was struck from the Navy list that same day and completed recycling (scrapping) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., on 16 April 1999.
Truxtun was awarded seven battle stars and the Navy Unit Commendation for service in the Vietnam
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