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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
JUL 1943 - Keel Date: 27 JUL 1943
at Bethlehem Steel Corporation
DEC 1944 - Launch Date: 28 DEC 1944
MAY 1945 - Commissioned: 15 MAY 1945
APR 1959 - MAY 1959 Guantanamo Bay
JUL 1959 - JUL 1959 Panama Canal
SEP 1959 - SEP 1959 Recommisioning
NOV 1959 - Shellback Initiation - 11 NOV 1959 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1960 - JUL 1960 Panama Canal
JUL 1960 - SEP 1960 Panama Canal
NOV 1960 - APR 1961 East Pack 1960
JAN 1962 - JAN 1964 West Pac
MAY 1962 - AUG 1964 West Pac
MAY 1962 - AUG 1964 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1962 - OCT 1964 Western Pacific - Flagship 7th Fleet
SEP 1962 - DEC 1962 West Pac
MAR 1963 - SEP 1964 West Pac
APR 1963 - Shellback Initiation - 12 APR 1963 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1963 - Shellback Initiation - 4 APR 1963 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1964 - Shellback Initiation - 22 JUL 1964 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1964 - Shellback Initiation - 22 JUL 1964 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 12 APR 1965 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1966 - APR 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1966 - JAN 1969 Western Pacific - Flagship 7th Fleet
MAY 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 22 MAY 1967 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1967 - MAY 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 27 NOV 1967 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1968 - JAN 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1968 - NOV 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1968 - JAN 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 4 DEC 1968 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1972 - DEC 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1972 - DEC 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1973 - 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


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]