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U.S.S. CALIFORNIA

(CGN-36)

THE GOLDEN GRIZZLY

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The USS CALIFORNIA (CGN-36), a California class nuclear powered cruiser, was commissioned on 16 FEB 1974. USS CALIFORNIA initially served with the Atlantic fleet after commissioning. Her first crossing of the Atlantic was for the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II assuming the throne of England. CALIFORNIA's following "MED" deployments had a destination of the Indian Ocean due to the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The second of these concluded as an around the world cruise. With a change of homeport to Alameda, CA in 1983, CALIFORNIA's deployments took her to the Western Pacific and, often, back to the Indian Ocean. USS CALIFORNIA served her country for 25 years, 4 months and 23 days, until decommissioned on 9 JUL 1999. The hulk of the CALIFORNIA was processing by the Nuclear-Powered Ship-Submarine Recycling Facility at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard was completed in May 2000.

The USS CALIFORNIA (CGN-36) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

CGN-36 Deployments - Major Events

Add a CGN-36 Shellback Initiation Add a CGN-36 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG1944-Shellback Initiation - 21 AUG 1944 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1970-Keel Date: 23 JAN 1970
at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Newport News VA
SEP1971-Launch Date: 22 SEP 1971
SEP1973-DEC1973North Atlantic
FEB1974-Commissioned: 16 FEB 1974
MAR1974-APR1974Sea Trials
JUL1974-AUG1974Guantanamo Bay
MAR1975-APR1975Caribbean
APR1975-MAY1975North Atlantic
JUL1976-FEB1977Mediterranean
JUN1977-AUG1977North Atlantic
SEP1977-FEB1978Mediterranean
SEP1979-MAY1980Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JAN1980-Shellback Initiation - 9 JAN 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR1981-APR1981West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
APR1981-NOV1981Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY1981-Shellback Initiation - 4 MAY 1981 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1981-Shellback Initiation - 18 AUG 1981 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1984-MAY1984Retrieving of Black box from Korean Airline in N. Pac
MAY1985-Shellback Initiation - 20 MAY 1985 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1987-JUL1987World Cruise West
APR1987-Shellback Initiation - 26 APR 1987 - Indian Ocean
OCT1988-MAR1989West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN1989-JAN1989Shellback Initiation - 10 Jan 1989 - Indian Ocean
MAY1990-JAN1991FIRST DEPLOYMENT OUT OF THE YARDS
JUN1994-DEC1994West Pac
MAY1996-OCT1996West Pac
MAY1996-OCT1996West Pac
JUN1996-Shellback Initiation - 25 JUN 1996 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1996-Shellback Initiation - 11 JUL 1996 - Indian Ocean
OCT1996-Shellback Initiation - 30 OCT 1996 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1998-JUL1998RIMPAC
JUL1999-Decommissioned: 9 JUL 1999

CGN-36 General Specifications

Class: California class cruiser

Named for: State of California

Complement: 40 Officers and 544 Enlisted

Displacement: 10643 tons

Length: 181.6 m

Beam: 61 feet

Flank Speed: 30 knots

Range: Unlimited distance

Final Disposition:Nuclear ship recycling 12 May 2000