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U.S.S. OKLAHOMA CITY

(CLG-5)

Grey Ghost of the Vietnam Coast

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The USS OKLAHOMA CITY (CLG-5), a Galveston class guided missile cruiser, was commissioned on 22 DEC 1944 as CL-91. She battled the Japanese in 1945 and then served as part of the occupation force of Japan. The situation in the late 1940s no longer required "OK City" and she was placed in reserve in 1947. The late 1950s had USS OKLAHOMA CITY undergoing a extensive conversion to a guided missile cruiser. She was recommissioned as CLG-5 on 7 September 1960. OKLAHOMA CITY began a series of Western Pacific deployment, first at peace, then at war, supporting the effort in Vietnam. With the war ending in 1974, continued to return to the Western Pacific periodically until decommissioned in 1979. OKLAHOMA CITY then spent twenty years in the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Suisun Bay, CA, until sunk in a Fleet exercise off of Guam in March 1999. USS OKLAHOMA CITY served her country, as CLG-5 for 19 years, 3 months and 8 days, until decommissioned on 15 DEC 1979.

The USS OKLAHOMA CITY (CLG-5) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

CLG-5 Deployments - Major Events

Add a CLG-5 Shellback Initiation Add a CLG-5 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1942 Keel Date: 8 DEC 1942
at Cramp Shipbuilding Co. Philadelphia
FEB 1944 Launch Date: 20 FEB 1944
DEC 1944 Commissioned: 22 DEC 1944
JAN 1960 - JAN 1962 Recommisioning
SEP 1960 - SEP 1960 Recommissioned - 7 September 1960
DEC 1961 - JUN 1962 West Pac
SEP 1963 - Shellback Initiation - 4 SEP 1963 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1964 - DEC 1966 7th Fleet Flag Ship
JUN 1964 - DEC 1966 West Pac - Vietnam - 7th Fleet flagship
JUN 1964 - JUN 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1964 - SEP 1964 Operation Piranha
NOV 1964 - Shellback Initiation - 8 NOV 1964 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1964 - Shellback Initiation - 18 NOV 1964 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1965 - AUG 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1966 - JAN 1966 Operation Double Eagle
OCT 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 23 OCT 1966 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1968 - SEP 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1968 - FEB 1968 Dependents Cruise
JAN 1969 - DEC 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1969 - JAN 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1969 - NOV 1970 West Pac
JUN 1969 Shellback Initiation - 7 JUN 1969 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 9 JUN 1970 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 9 JUN 1970 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1971 - JAN 1971 Depart Hong Kong [1/27] - Arrive Talos Station V.Nam [[1/28]
JAN 1971 - JAN 1971 Depart Subic Bay [1/18] -Arrive NAV STA Tamar Hong Kong [1/20]
JAN 1971 - JAN 1971 Depart Yokosuka [1/3] Missile Training - Arrive Subic Bay [1/9]
JAN 1971 - JAN 1971 January 1971 Deployments listed in ERROR - Correct date JAN 1972
JUL 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 21 JUL 1971 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1971 - NOV 1971 Depart Singapore [11/24] Arrive NAV STA Subic Bay [11/27]
NOV 1971 Shellback Initiation - 17 NOV 1971 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1971 - NOV 1971 Depart Sattahip Thailand [11/15] Arrive Anzuk Singapore [11/19]
NOV 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 17 NOV 1971 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1971 - DEC 1971 Depart Subic Bay [11/30] Arrive Yankee Station V.Nam [12/1]
DEC 1971 - DEC 1971 Depart Yankee Station [12/3] Arrive Yokosuka Japan [12/6]
JAN 1972 - JAN 1972 Depart Hong Kong [1/27] - Arrive Talos Station N.Viet [1/28]
JAN 1972 - JAN 1972 Depart Yokosuka [1/3] - Missile Practice - Arrive Subic Bay [1/9
JAN 1972 - JAN 1972 Depart Subic Bay [1/18] - Arrive Nav Sta Tamar HONG kong [1/20]
FEB 1972 - FEB 1972 Talos Missile Display on Deck- Nixon arrival China visit [2/22]
FEB 1972 - FEB 1972 Depart Talos Sta Vietnam [2/5] - Arrive Subic Bay [2/5]
FEB 1972 - FEB 1972 Depart Subic Bay [2/13] - Arrive Talos Sta N.Viet [2-15]
FEB 1972 - FEB 1972 CNO Admiral Zumwalt Visits ship by Helo [2/27]
MAR 1972 - MAR 1972 Depart Talos Sta N.Viet [3/3] - Arrive Yokosuka [3/6]
APR 1972 - APR 1972 CLG-5 + DD Higbee attacked by NVA MIG\'s [4/22]
APR 1972 - APR 1972 Depart Yokosuka [4/3] - Gunfire Support DMV Viet NVA Attack
MAY 1972 - JUN 1972 Depart Vietnam gunfire activity - Return to Yokasuka
JUN 1972 - JUN 1972 Depart Yokasuka [6/23] - QuangTri area Battle Support [6/30]
JUN 1972 - JUN 1972 Quang Tri - Night Fire - Beach targets - 700 rounds [6/28]
JUN 1972 - JUN 1972 Quang Tri - Re-Arm at Sea- Night Fire - 500 Rounds [6/29]
JUN 1972 - JUN 1972 Cpt. William Kanakanui relieves Cpt. J.J. Tice - CLG-5 [6/22]
JUL 1972 - JUL 1972 Quang Tri- UNREP ship\'s SN killed during CLG-5 ammo trans [7/1]
JUL 1972 - JUL 1972 Quang Tri - Stop NVA ground attack+ hit two 130mm NVA guns [7/4]
JUL 1972 - JUL 1972 Quang Tri - Night Fire 7 rounds per 30 min. 22 NVA kia\'s [7/2]
JUL 1972 - JUL 1972 Quang Tri - Fire Support - NVA Tanks hit + 40 NVA kia\'s [7/4]
JUL 1972 - AUG 1972 Depart Vietnam area [7/22] -Talos test - Arrive Yokosuka [8/10]
JUL 1972 - JUL 1972 DMV Viet Gunfire Support [7/1 to 7/21]
AUG 1972 - SEP 1972 Major Yard Overhaul - New Mess Decks Yokosuka [8/10-9/21]
SEP 1972 - SEP 1972 Depart Subic bay [9/28] - Arrive Viet- Gun fire support [9/30]
SEP 1972 - SEP 1972 Depart Yokosuka [9/22] - Arrive Subic Bay [9/25]
OCT 1972 - OCT 1972 OCT 72 - CLG-5 completed 60 missions with 3024 rds. ammo fired
OCT 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 22 OCT 1972 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1972 - OCT 1972 Vietnam - Receive Hostile fire - Combat Action [10/9]
OCT 1972 - OCT 1972 Depart Vietnam [10/14] - Arrive Singapore [10/16]
OCT 1972 - OCT 1972 Depart Singapore [10/21]- N.Viet - Recv Hostile Fire [10/23-24]
SEP 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 24 SEP 1973 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1975 - Shellback Initiation - 25 JAN 1975 - Indian Ocean
APR 1975 - MAY 1975 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1979 Decommissioned: 15 DEC 1979

CLG-5 General Specifications

Class: Galveston class guided missile cruiser

Complement: 1426 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 10000 tons

Length: 610 feet 1 inches

Beam: 66 feet 2 inches

Draft: 24 feet 10 in

Final Disposition: Sunk as a target in 1999



USS OKLAHOMA CITY (CLG-5)



Oklahoma City (CL-91) was laid down 8 December 1942 by the Cramp Shipbuilding Co., Philadelphia, Pa.; launched 20 February 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Anton H. Classen; commissioned 22 December 1944, Capt. C. B. Hunt in command.

Following shakedown, Oklahoma City transited the Panama Canal and reported to ComCruPac for duty, arriving Pearl Harbor 2 May 1945. She conducted local operations until 22 May when she sailed for Ulithi, thence to rendezvous 6 June with Carrier Task Group 38.1 for operations in support of the Okinawa campaign. For the rest of June and into July she screened 3d Fleet carriers during their intensified air operations against Japanese forces. On 18 July she formed a bombardment group with other cruisers and destroyers, then rejoined the carrier task group for continued action against the Japanese home islands. At the end of hostilities she continued to patrol off the coast of Japan and it was not until 10 September, after seventy-two days of continuous steaming, that she finally entered Tokyo Bay. Oklahoma City remained on occupation duty until relieved 30 January 1946 when she departed for the United States. She arrived at San Francisco 14 February where she remained until 15 August when she entered the Marc Island Navy Yard for inactivation. She was placed out of commission in reserve 30 June 1947 assigned to the San Francisco Group, U.S. Pacific Reserve Fleet.

On 7 March 1957, Oklahoma City arrived at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. Pacific Coast Yard, San Francisco, where conversion to a guided missile light cruiser commenced 21 May, her hull classification and number being changed two days later to CLG-5. Her conversion completed 31 August 1960, she was towed to Hunter's Point where she recommissioned 7 September, Capt. Ben W. Sarver in command.

During her shakedown training, Oklahoma City became the first combatant unit of the Pacific Fleet to fire a TALOS guided missile successfully. Following shakedown, she participated in several major training exercises while serving as flagship for CruDiv 3 and CruDesFlot 9, then departed 1 December for a six-month deployment in WestPac. She arrived in Yokosuka, Japan 20 December where six days later she became flagship for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. The ship participated in SEATO training operations, received two awards for operational excellence, and served as an ambassador of good will to several cities in the Far East. She then returned to Long Beach, California 12 June 1961 and spent the next several months conducting local training operations and upkeep work. On 14 December she entered the Long Beach Naval Shipyard for restricted availability followed by an extensive overhaul.

In early 1964, Oklahoma City began refresher training in Southern California waters to prepare for a lengthy deployment, then departed for Yokosuka where she arrived 7 July to assume her duties again as 7th Fleet flagship. Shortly thereafter, North Vietnamese gunboats attacked U.S. destroyers in the Tonkin Gulf and Oklahoma City quickly began a 25-day alert in the Gulf. Training exercises and operational visits to various ports in the Far East followed, then in June 1965 she began gunfire support missions off Vietnam. When the level of hostilities increased, she began to spend more and more time in the South China Sea and eventually participated in operations Piranha, Double Eagle Deckhouse IV, and Hastings 11. After serving as 7th Fleet flagship for two and one-half years, Oklahoma City returned to San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard 15 December 1966 for overhaul. Following her yard period, she began refresher training in the Southern California operating area in July, 1967, and continued those exercises and intermittent calls to West Coast ports until she deployed again to WestPac 7 November 1968. She arrived at Yokosuka 20 December and into August, 1969, was again contributing to the strength of the 7th Fleet by participating in the varied assignments its units are called on to perform.

Oklahoma City received two battle stars for service in World War II.

[Note: The above USS OKLAHOMA CITY (CLG-5) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS OKLAHOMA CITY (CLG-5), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]