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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

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN 1970 Keel Date: 23 JAN 1970
at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Newport News VA
SEP 1971 Launch Date: 22 SEP 1971
SEP 1973 - DEC 1973 North Atlantic
FEB 1974 Commissioned: 16 FEB 1974
MAR 1974 - APR 1974 Sea Trials
JUL 1974 - AUG 1974 Guantanamo Bay
MAR 1975 - APR 1975 Caribbean
APR 1975 - MAY 1975 North Atlantic
JUL 1976 - FEB 1977 Mediterranean
JUN 1977 - AUG 1977 North Atlantic
SEP 1977 - FEB 1978 Mediterranean
SEP 1979 - MAY 1980 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JAN 1980 Shellback Initiation - 9 JAN 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1981 - NOV 1981 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1984 - MAY 1984 Retrieving of Black box from Korean Airline in N. Pac
MAY 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 20 MAY 1985 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1987 - JUL 1987 World Cruise West
APR 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 26 APR 1987 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1988 - MAR 1989 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1989 - JAN 1989 Shellback Initiation - 10 Jan 1989 - Indian Ocean
JUN 1994 - DEC 1994 West Pac
MAY 1996 - OCT 1996 West Pac
JUN 1996 Shellback Initiation - 25 JUN 1996 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1996 - Shellback Initiation - 11 JUL 1996 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1996 - Shellback Initiation - 30 OCT 1996 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1998 - JUL 1998 RIMPAC
JUL 1999 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