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U.S.S. PROVIDENCE

(CLG-6)

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The USS PROVIDENCE (CLG-6), a Cleveland class light cruiser, was commissioned on 15 MAY 1945 as CL-82. By the time she was worked up for deployment World War II had ended. PROVIDENCE deployed four times to the Mediterranean and was then decommissioned in 1949 and placed in reserve. From 1957 through 1959, PROVIDENCE underwent a conversion to CLG-6, a guided missile cruiser. Recommissioned on 17 September 1959, PROVIDENCE sailed to her homeport of Long Beach, California and then deployed to the Western Pacific in November of 1960. PROVIDENCE deployments to the Western Pacific continued throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s, at times as the Flag Ship of Commander, 7th Fleet. She provided air defense and shore bombardment from off the coast of Vietnam. USS PROVIDENCE was decommissioned in August 1973 and subsequently scrapped in 1980. USS PROVIDENCE (CLG-6) served her country for 13 years, 11 months and 14 days, until decommissioned on 31 AUG 1973.

The USS PROVIDENCE (CLG-6) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

CLG-6 Deployments - Major Events

Add a CLG-6 Shellback Initiation Add a CLG-6 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUL1943-Keel Date: 27 JUL 1943
at Bethlehem Steel Corporation
DEC1944-Launch Date: 28 DEC 1944
MAY1945-Commissioned: 15 MAY 1945
APR1959-MAY1959Guantanamo Bay
JUL1959-JUL1959Panama Canal
SEP1959-SEP1959Recommisioning
NOV1959-Shellback Initiation - 11 NOV 1959 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1960-JUL1960Panama Canal
JUL1960-SEP1960Panama Canal
NOV1960-APR1961East Pack 1960
JAN1962-JAN1964West Pac
MAY1962-AUG1964West Pac
MAY1962-AUG1964West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY1962-OCT1964Western Pacific - Flagship 7th Fleet
SEP1962-DEC1962West Pac
MAR1963-SEP1964West Pac
APR1963-Shellback Initiation - 12 APR 1963 - Pacific Ocean
APR1963-Shellback Initiation - 4 APR 1963 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1964-Shellback Initiation - 22 JUL 1964 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1964- Shellback Initiation - 22 JUL 1964 - Pacific Ocean
APR1965-Shellback Initiation - 12 APR 1965 - Pacific Ocean
NOV1966-JAN1969Western Pacific - Flagship 7th Fleet
NOV1966-APR1967West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY1967- Shellback Initiation - 22 MAY 1967 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1967-Shellback Initiation - 22 MAY 1967 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1967-MAY1969West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV1967-Shellback Initiation - 27 NOV 1967 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1968-JAN1969West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB1968-NOV1968West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN1968-JAN1971West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC1968-Shellback Initiation - 4 DEC 1968 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1972-DEC1973West Pac-Viet Nam
APR1972-DEC1972West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT1972- Shellback Initiation - 19 OCT 1972 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1972- Shellback Initiation - 19 OCT 1972 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1973-Decommissioned: 31 AUG 1973

CLG-6 General Specifications

Class: Cleveland-class cruiser

Complement: 992 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 10000 tons

Length: 610 feet 1 inches

Beam: 66 feet 4 inches

Draft: 25 feet

Final Disposition: Sold for scrapping 15 July 1980



USS PROVIDENCE (CLG-6)



Providence (CL-82) was laid down 27 July 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, Mass.; launched 28 December 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Mary Roberts; and commissioned 15 May 1945, Capt. W. B. Jackson in command.

Departing Boston 13 June 1945, Providence (CL-82) completed shakedown out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Upon arrival at Newport, R.I., 4 September, she trained prospective cruiser and carrier crews until 6 October.

Departing Boston in November, she visited Piraeus, Greece, in December, Istanbul with Missouri (BB-63) 5 to 9 April 1946, and Alexandria, Egypt, in May. Leaving the Mediterranean 16 June, she arrived at Philadelphia on the 25th. Following departure from the Delaware Capes in October and training out of Guantanamo Bay and Norfolk, Va., she left Hampton Roads for the Mediterranean 3 February 1947. After exercises and port visits in the Mediterranean, she departed Athens, Greece, in May, and arrived at Boston later that month.

Departing Newport, R.I., in November, she operated in the Mediterranean from 20 November 1947 to 2 March 1948, visiting Naples in December, Taranto in January, and Trieste and Venice in February, returning to Newport in March. Sailing from Newport in September 1948, she served the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean from 23 September 1948 to 14 January 1949, visiting Thessalonika in October, Marseilles in November, Trieste and Venice in December, and Oran in January, returning to Newport later in January. She decommissioned at Boston 14 June 1949, and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.

Reclassified CLG-6 on 23 May 1957, Providence commenced conversion to a guided missile light cruiser at Boston in June 1957. Provided with modern missiles, command ship facilities, and a nuclear weapons capability, she recommissioned 17 September 1959, Capt. Kenneth L. Veth in command. Following shakedown out of Guantanamo Bay, she arrived at her new home port of Long Beach, Calif., 29 July 1960. After a six month tour of duty with the 7th Fleet, she returned to Long Beach 31 March 1961.

Following exercises off the west coast, she arrived at Yokosuka, Japan, in May 1962, and relieved Oklahoma City (CLG-5) as flaghip of the 7th Fleet. During 1962 and 1963 she participated in 7th Fleet exercises. During a three day visit to Saigon in January 1964, she hosted South Vietnamese and American dignitaries, and delivered more than 38 tons of Project Handclasp materials to local humanitarian organizations. Departing Yokosuka in July 1964, she returned to Long Beach in August. In October 1964 she began exercises in the Eastern Pacific. During January to June 1965, she received modern communications equipment. Spending the remainder of 1965 off the west coast with the 1st Fleet, she participated in exercises and visited various west coast ports.

Deployed to WestPac 12 November 1966, she again relieved Oklahoma City (CLG-5) as flagship of the 7th Fleet on 1 December 1966 at Yokosuka, Japan. She contributed to a major bombardment of enemy positions in Vietnam I April 1967. She duelled with an enemy shore battery off the DMZ on 25 May. In July she provided gunfire support for amphibious operations. She bombarded enemy storage areas south of Da Nang 10 October.

During 1968, she provided gunfire support off Vietnam during each month except June and December. In February 1968, during the enemy's Tet offensive, gunfire from Providence effected an important breach in the wall of an enemy strongpoint at Hue. During 1969 she operated with the 1st Fleet off the west coast. Into 1970 she remained active with the Pacific Fleet.

[Note: The above USS PROVIDENCE (CLG-6) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS PROVIDENCE (CLG-6), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]