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U.S.S. TEXAS

(CGN-39)

PROUD HERITAGE PROUD PURPOSE

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The USS TEXAS (CGN-39), a Virginia class cruiser, was commissioned on 10 SEP 1977. USS TEXAS was built at Newport News, VA by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. After training, post-commissioning fit out and weapons loading, USS TEXAS deployed to the "Med" and "IO" during the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979. USS TEXAS deployed several times to the Mediterranean as a part of a Carrier Battler Group, then changed homeport to San Diego after a circumnavigation with the USS Carl Vinson Battle group. USS TEXAS finished her service career in the Pacific, deploying repeatedly to the West Pac and IO as the US Navy stationed a standing force in the Persian Gulf. USS TEXAS served her country for 15 years, 10 months and 6 days, until decommissioned on 16 JUL 1993. USS TEXAS was processed from 1999 to 2001 by the Nuclear Ship-Submarine Recycling Program at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington.

The USS TEXAS (CGN-39) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

CGN-39 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG 1973 - Keel Date: 18 AUG 1973
at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Newport News VA
AUG 1975 - Launch Date: 9 AUG 1975
SEP 1977 - Commissioned: 10 SEP 1977
JAN 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 9 JAN 1979 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 1979 - MAR 1980 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JAN 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 9 JAN 1980 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 9 JAN 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1980 - JUN 1984 Caribbean
AUG 1980 - OCT 1980 North Atlantic
AUG 1981 - MAR 1982 Mediterranean
FEB 1982 - MAY 1984 Circumnavigation
MAR 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 21 MAR 1982 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 6 MAR 1982 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 1982 - OCT 1983 Circumnavigation
APR 1983 - DEC 1983 Circumnavigation
APR 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 28 APR 1983 - Indian Ocean
APR 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 28 APR 1983 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1984 - MAY 1985 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
APR 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 1 APR 1985 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 25 JUL 1988 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1988 - DEC 1988 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
APR 1990 - OCT 1990 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT 1990 - AUG 1991 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR 1991 - AUG 1991 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 21 JUL 1991 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 21 JUL 1991 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1992 - Shellback Initiation - 28 APR 1992 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1993 - Decommissioned: 16 JUL 1993

CGN-39 General Specifications

Class: Virginia class cruiser

Named for: The state of Texas

Complement: 39 Officers and 539 Enlisted

Displacement: 11000 tons

Length: 585 feet

Beam: 63 feet

Flank Speed: 30

Range: Unlimited distance

Final Disposition:Nuclear Recycling 30 October 2001



USS TEXAS (CGN-39)



(CGN-39: dp. 11,000 (f.); 1. 585'; b. 63'; dr. 31'; s. 30+ k.; cpl. 476; a. 2 5", 2 Phalanx, ASROC, Harpoon, Standard, 6 Mk.32 tt.; cl. Virginia)

The third Texas (DLGN-39) was laid down as a guided missile frigate on 18 August 1973, at Newport News, Va., by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry-dock Co.; reclassifled as a guided missile cruiser and redesignated CGN-39 on 30 June 1975; launched on 9 August 1975; sponsored by Mrs. Dolph Briscoe, wife of the Governor of Texas; and commissioned on 10 September 1977, Capt. Peter B. Fiedler in command.

Following a nine-week test of the ship's combat systems, Texas loaded out weapons at the Yorktown Naval Weapons station in October and underwent refresher training out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in November. Texas spent the first three months of 1978 conducting at-sea evaluation of her propulsion and weapons systems off the Virginia capes and in the Caribbean. On 28 March, she transited to her building yard at Newport News to commence a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) which was completed on 31 July. The remainder of 1978 was spent in individual ship exercises off the east coast and Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, interspersed with periods in Texas' home port of Norfolk.

[Note: The above USS TEXAS (CGN-39) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS TEXAS (CGN-39), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]