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U.S.S. SOUTH CAROLINA

(CGN-37)

PREPARED IN MIND AND RESOURCES

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The USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN-37), a California class nuclear powered cruiser, was commissioned on 25 JAN 1975. Her early Mediterranean deployments in the late 1970s extended in the Indian Ocean in the 1980s and 90s as needed. SOUTH CAROLINA over her service career was North of the Arctic Circle and south of the Equator, and traveled the North Atlantic, Caribbean, North Sea, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf. USS SOUTH CAROLINA served her country for 24 years, 6 months and 5 days, until decommissioned on 30 JUL 1999. SOUTH CAROLINA's sole transit of the Panama Canal took place while moving to the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Facility at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard where she was disposed of in March 2000.

The USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN-37) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

CGN-37 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC1970-Keel Date: 1 DEC 1970
at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Newport News VA
JUL1972-Launch Date: 1 JUL 1972
JAN1975-Commissioned: 25 JAN 1975
OCT1975-DEC1975North Atlantic
JUL1976-FEB1977Mediterranean
JUN1977-Shellback Initiation - 19 JUN 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN1977-Shellback Initiation - 17 JUN 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV1977-JUL1978Mediterranean
JAN1979-AUG1979Mediterranean
APR1980- Shellback Initiation - 23 APR 1980 - Indian Ocean
APR1980-DEC1980North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
APR1980-Shellback Initiation - 23 APR 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
APR1980-DEC1980Indian Ocean / Persian Gulf / Staits of Hormutz
SEP1981-Shellback Initiation - 9 SEP 1981 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP1981- Shellback Initiation - 9 SEP 1981 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT1981-NOV1981Caribbean
JAN1982-JUL1982Mediterranean
AUG1982-OCT1982North Atlantic
NOV1982-DEC1982Caribbean
JAN1983-JAN1984Dry Dock
SEP1983-NOV1983Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
DEC1984-SEP1985Mediterranean
JAN1985-MAR1985Caribbean
AUG1986-AUG1986blue nose
AUG1986-OCT1986North Atlantic
DEC1986-JUL1987Mediterranean
AUG1988-OCT1988Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
AUG1988-OCT1988North Atlantic
DEC1988-JUN1989Mediterranean
OCT1990-MAR1991Mediterranean - Indian Ocean - Desert Shield & Storm
OCT1990-MAR1991Desert Storm
AUG1995-FEB1996Mediterranean
SEP1997-MAY1998Mediterranean
JUL1999-Decommissioned: 30 JUL 1999

CGN-37 General Specifications

Class: California class cruiser

Named for: South Carolina

Complement: 40 Officers and 544 Enlisted

Displacement: 10500 tons

Length: 597 feet

Beam: 61 feet

Flank Speed: 30 knots

Final Disposition: Stricken to be disposed of by recycling 30 July 1999



USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN-37)



The fifth South Carolina (DLGN-37), a nuclear-powered guided missile frigate, was laid down on 1 December 1970 by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. at Newport News, Va.; launched on 1 July 1972; sponsored by Mrs. J. Fred Buzhardt; and commissioned on 25 January 1975, Capt. William C. Neel in command.

Upon commissioning, South Carolina steamed to Charleston, S.C., to repeat the traditional post-commissioning visit to the state of South Carolina. There she received a silver service for the wardroom symbolic of the close ties between the frigate and her namesake state. Immediately thereafter, South Carolina joined the Atlantic Fleet nuclear task force, operating out of Norfolk, Va, As of May 1975, she remained so employed.

[Note: The above USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN-37) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN-37), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]