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USS Galveston (CL-93)

USS Galveston (CL-93/ CLG-3) was laid down as a Cleveland class light cruiser but was eventually completed as a guided missile cruiser and served throughout the 1960s, fighting in Vietnam.

The Galveston was laid down on 20 February 1944 and was launched on 22 April 1945. Work continued even after the end of the Second World War and she was almost complete when construction was suspended on 24 June 1946. The partially completed cruiser was allocated to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, where she remained for the next decade.

In the mid 1950s it was decided to convert a number of Cleveland class cruisers into guided missile cruisers, and the Galveston was one of the ships that were chosen. She was reclassified as CLG-93 on 4 February 1956, retaining her original 'cruiser' number, but was reclassified as CLG-3 on 23 May 1957 when the guided missile cruisers were given their own numerical sequence. She was finally commissioned on 28 May 1958 and began a prolonged period of tests and trials of her new Talos missile system.

Builder's trials occupied the second half of 1958. The Navy then tested out the missile in the West Indies early in 1959, achieving the first Talos missile launch at sea on 24 February 1959. The rest of the year was covered by a shakedown cruise, acceptance trials and radar tests. She spent most of 1960 in the Philadelphia Naval Yard, and the Talos missile underwent more trials in 1961. As a result of all of these tests the fire control system was modified during an overhaul that lasted from August 1961 until July 1962.

On 24 August 1962 the Galveston finally joined the active fleet when she became part of Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla 9, US Pacific Fleet. She operated off the US west coast until October 1963, then sailed to the Western Pacific to join the 8th Fleet.

On 4 June 1965 the Galveston left San Diego and sailed to South Vietnam for her first combat tour. She carried out a mix of duties that would have been familiar to her Second World War sisters, protecting the fleet carriers and providing fire support for American and South Vietnamese troops operating near the coast. She also provided search and rescue facilities.

This combat tour ended in November-December 1965 and by 18 December the Galveston was back at San Diego. She operated between the US west coast and Hawaii between January and 31 July 1966. In 1967 she was transferred to the East Coast and the Atlantic Fleet.

In October 1968 the Galveston left the US for Vietnam and her final combat tour. She served in two areas - Yankee Station in the north of the war zone and the Da Nang area further south. Once again she provided fire support for the ground troops, firing 3,500 rounds of 5in and 6in shells from her remaining guns in one nine day period.

She returned to the US on 2 February 1969. She had one final spell with the Atlantic fleet before being decommissioned on 25 May 1970 and struck from the Navy List on 21 December 1973.

Displacement (standard)

11,744t

Displacement (loaded)

14,131t

Top Speed

32.5kts

Range

11,000nm at 15kts

Armour – belt

3-5in

- armour deck

2in

- bulkheads

5in

- barbettes

6in

- turrets

6.5in face
3in top
3in side
1.5in rear

- conning tower

5in
2.25in roof

Length

610ft 1in oa

Armaments

Twelve 6in/47 guns (four triple turrets)
Twelve 5in/38 guns (six double positions)
Twenty eight 40mm guns (4x4, 6x2)
Ten 20mm guns
Four aircraft

Crew complement

1,285

Builder

Cramp

Laid down

20 February 1944

Launched

22 April 1945

Commissioned

28 May 1958

Stricken

21 December 1973


USS Galveston (CL-93) - History

This page features all the views we have of USS Galveston 's actions and activities.

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Launches a "Talos" guided missile on 24 February 1959, the first time the "Talos" was fired at sea.
This photograph was released by the Department of Defense on 12 March 1959.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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"A 'Talos' missile roars off the fantail of the Guided Missile Cruiser USS Galveston (CLG-3) in the Caribbean Sea. The deadly 'Talos', which has been in the testing stages for the past three years, was again proven operational last month when the Galveston , the ship that first fired the missile in 1958, made history again by completing the longest range 'Talos' firing at sea." (Quoted from the original photo caption, released by the ship's Public Information Office on 17 March 1961.)


USS Galveston (CL-93) - History

USS Galveston , a 10,000-ton Cleveland class light cruiser built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was delivered to the Navy in May 1946, when almost completed. Her final outfitting was suspended in June 1946 and she was transferred to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet without having been commissioned. Reflecting plans to convert her to a guided missile light cruiser, Galveston 's hull number was changed to CLG-93 in February 1956. She was again redesignated CLG-3 in May 1957, while conversion work was underway at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Her history is continued in the page USS Galveston (CLG-3).

This page features all the views we have related to USS Galveston (CL-93, later CLG-3) as a light cruiser, and provides links to others of her after conversion to a guided missile cruiser.

If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

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Is tugged from the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 24 May 1946.
The ship was laid up, not quite complete, in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, shortly afterwards.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

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Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system.

Is tugged from the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 24 May 1946.
The ship was laid up, not quite complete, in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, shortly afterwards.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Ship's Sponsor, Mrs. Clark Wallace Thompson, prepares for the christening, at the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 April 1945.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Mrs. Clark Wallace Thompson christens the ship, during launching ceremonies at the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 April 1945.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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In addition to the images presented above, the National Archives appears to hold at least one other view of USS Galveston (CL-93). The following list features this image:

The image listed below is NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections.
DO NOT try to obtain it using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions".

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1961 [ edit | edit source ]

On 6 January 1961, Galveston departed Norfolk for more Bureau of Naval Weapons technical evaluation of her Talos missile systems, including tests of the IV Talos, its capabilities and potentials, in areas off Jacksonville, Fla., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. These evaluations completed 1 March, she departed San Juan for refresher training and her final acceptance trial out of Guantanamo Bay. The cruiser returned to Norfolk on 9 April, but soon steamed to Jacksonville, Fla., where on 8 May she began duty under the Operational Technical Evaluation Force that included extensive testing of her missile system and many Talos firings. The effectiveness of the system and the weapon were demonstrated by a new, long-range record as well as a successful two-missile salvo shot. The Talos missile cruiser entertained over 17,000 visitors at Cape Canaveral on the Armed Forces weekend celebration in May completed later phases of her evaluation exercises in the Caribbean through 21 July 1960 then visited Bayonne, N.J., where her missile fire-control radars were removed in preparation for overhaul. Galveston was overhauled in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard (30 August 1961 – 23 July 1962). This overhaul included modifications to the fire control system of the Talos missile.

The visit to Charleston was for electronic equipment repair. She had to go in at low tide, and lightning rods had to be lowered to pass under the Charleston bridge.


1966-1967

Resuming operations early in January 1966, Galveston operated out of San Diego to the Hawaiian Islands and along the California coast while keeping her crew and equipment in a peak state of readiness. From 31 July to 4 November she underwent modernization overhaul, then she resumed training for the remainder of 1966. Early in 1967 she departed San Diego for the East Coast, and for much of the rest of that year was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet for duty in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. [1]


This day in history, June 19: Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War is over

Today is Saturday, June 19, the 170th day of 2021. There are 195 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over, and that all remaining slaves in Texas were free — an event celebrated to this day as “Juneteenth.”

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In 1945, millions of New Yorkers turned out to cheer Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was honored with a parade.

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Galveston Historic Seaport – Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

2200 Harborside | 409-763-1877
Open Daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m.)
Admission: Admission: Adult – $10 | Youth (6-18) – $7.00 | Children (5 & Under) – Free Admission

PARDON OUR MESS!

The Texas Seaport Museum is currently undergoing renovation for a summer launch of a new interactive experience. Ship to Shore will debut in 2021 and tell Galveston’s rich immigration history through a new, state-of-the-art, experience. During construction, the museum will be closed, however, tours of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and our Harbor Tours are available daily.

Galveston Historical Foundation brought ELISSA, an 1877 square-rigged iron barque, from a scrapyard in Piraeus Harbor, Greece to Galveston to begin restoration work in 1978. By 1982, GHF staff and volunteers completed restoration and transformed this rare, historic vessel into a floating museum that would actively sail. Today, the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA is one of only three ships of her kind in the world to still actively sail and welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually. She also serves as the Official Tall Ship of Texas, a National Historic Landmark, and a symbol of the Gulf Coast’s historic beginnings as a seaport and active waterfront. The 1877 ELISSA welcomes visitors at the Galveston Historic Seaport. Experience Galveston’s maritime history daily.

PLEASE NOTE | The Galveston Historic Seaport will be closed November 7-12, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. We will be open Saturday, November 2 from 10 am – 4 pm, and Sunday, November 3 from 10 am – 2 pm.

PRIVATE TOURS | Discounts are available for advance group tours. Call 409-765-3432 for prices and schedules.

Our Galveston Immigration Database, located inside the Galveston Historic Seaport, allows visitors to search for information taken from ships’ passenger manifests pertaining to their ancestors’ arrival in Texas. For your convenience, the database is also available online. Click here to learn more and access it online.

The Galveston Historic Seaport and Galveston Historical Foundation offer teachers and students a large variety of TEKS aligned field trips focusing on history, math, and science. For more information, download the PDF below, contact us at 409-763-1877.

500 on Elissa and museum site
300 for seated dinner on the pier

Fee includes access to the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa’s decks, galleries, officers’ quarters, and galley for use as a serving area or bar, as well as the museum’s pier, galleries, and restrooms. All functions must be catered no kitchen facilities are available. Wheelchair accessible, except Elissa. For more information or reservations:

Lauraleigh Gourley, Rentals Manager of Historic Properties
Galveston Historical Foundation
2002 Strand, Galveston, Tx. 77550
(409) 765-3402

ACCESSIBILITY TO THE GALVESTON HISTORIC SEAPORT

The museum galleries and restrooms are completely accessible by wheelchair. There are about 8 steps and a ramp to go aboard Elissa’s main deck, and a couple of steps (depending on the tide) to board Seagull II. Please call 409-763-1877 in advance so that we can try to accommodate any special needs.


Seeking deck log of USS Galveston (CLG-3)

I need to get the deck logs of the USS Galveston (CLG-3) for June 1965 to December 1965. I need the log to back up my claim to the VA for Agent Orange exposure.

Re: Seeking deck log of USS Galveston (CLG-3)
Jason Atkinson 29.04.2020 13:07 (в ответ на Frederick Kersey)

Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1983 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that include the deck log of the USS Galveston (CLG-3) for June 1965 to December 1965. The deck logs you seek are closed for digitization. Please see the blog CLOSED - Vietnam War-era U.S. Navy & Coast Guard Deck Logs for Digitization Project for more information. When these records are reopened we will post a follow-up reply. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you.

Re: Seeking deck log of USS Galveston (CLG-3)
Jason Atkinson 21.08.2020 12:34 (в ответ на Frederick Kersey)

A USS GALVESTON (CLG3) is something of a rarity in the Pacific Fleet – the guided missile light cruiser has spent almost as much time in Atlantic and Mediterranean waters as she has in the Western Pacific since moving to San Diego in 1962.

The cruiser “that just can’t stay away from the Atlantic” returned November 9, 1969, from her second tour with the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. In her return from the Atlantic, she transitted the Panama Canal for the fifth time since she was commissioned in 1958 at Philadelphia…

Here is a record of the crew of the USS GALVESTON CLG-3. It is story of who they were and where they went.

Here are recorded the events, the places, the tools, the equipments, and the people that were a part of a cruise which began in San Diego in October 1968 and ended there in November 1969 .”

  • Hardbound cover, 8-1/2 x 11 format
  • 283 profusely illustrated pages, jam packed with explanations and humor
  • Group portraits “on location,” each crewman identified in sub-captions
  • Scenes of shipboard action, some excellent photography
  • B & W and color photographs in Ports of Call

Captain Robert B. Pettitt was Commanding Officer of USS GALVESTON from March 1968 until May 1969.

Captain James W. Montgomery relieved Captain Pettitt on 17 May 1969.

Commander K. C. Reynolds proudly served as Executive Officer.

Captain L. Torres, USMC served as Commanding Officer of GALVESTON=s Marine detachment until he was relieved by 1 st Lieutenant J. Erly during the ship’s visit to Subic Bay in November 1968.

USS Galveston (CLG-3, previously CL-93), 1946-1975

As part of the Navy’s Fiscal Year 1956 shipbuilding and conversion program the never-commissioned light cruiser Galveston (CL-93), a member of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet since mid-1946, was taken out of “mothballs” and turned over to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for reconstruction as a guided missile ship. Redesignated CLG-93 in February 1956, as work was beginning, she received her definitive hull number, CLG-3, in May 1957.

Galveston was commissioned in May 1958 as the Navy’s first ship to carry the “Talos” guided missile, a long-range, and quite large, anti-aircraft weapon. The ship had been extensively modified, especially aft of amidships, to equip her with magazines, a launcher and the radars associated with this new weapons system, and her first three years of active service were largely spent testing the “Talos” at sea off the U.S. East Coast and in the Caribbean region.

From mid-1961 to mid-1962 Galveston was back in shipyard hands, receiving new search radars among other modifications. She then transferred to the Pacific Fleet and in 1963-1964 made her first overseas deployment, a half-year tour with the Seventh Fleet in the Far East.

Her second western Pacific cruise, in June-December 1965, included active involvement in the Vietnam War, with the cruiser using her five and six-inch guns to bombard the enemy ashore. She also provided air defense for Naval Forces operating in the Gulf of Tonkin and took part in search and rescue operations.

Early in 1967 Galveston was temporarily sent back to the Atlantic to serve a term in Mediterranean Sea with the Sixth Fleet. This tour, in March-August 1967, was marked by the short, but very intense, war in June between Israel and several Arab nations.

In September the ship returned to the Pacific and about a year later began her third Seventh Fleet deployment, which featured more Vietnam war combat service. Returning to the U.S. in January 1969, Galveston again went to the Mediterranean in May of that year for a cruise that lasted until October.

Later steaming back to her West Coast base, the ship soon commenced inactivation preparations, leading to her decommissioning in May 1970. USS Galveston‘s second stay in the Reserve Fleet lasted only a little more than three years. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in December 1973 and sold for scrapping in May 1975.

About this USS GALVESTON 1968-69 MED-WESTPAC Navy Cruise Book

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USS Galveston (CL-93) - History

A coastal city in southeastern Texas located on Galveston Island.

(Cruiser No. 17: dp. 3,200 1. 308'10" b. 44' dr. 15'9" s.
16 k. cpl. 339 a. 10 5", 8 6-pdrs., 2 1-pdrs., 4.30 cal. ma. )

The first Galveston was laid down 19 January 1901 by William R. Trigg Co., Richmond, VA. launched 23 July 1903, sponsored by Miss Ella Sealey, and commissioned at Norfolk, VA., 15 February 1905, Comdr. W. G. Cutler in command.

Galveston departed Norfolk on 10 April 1905 for Galveston, Tex., where on 19 April she was presented a silver service by citizens of her namesake city. Returning to the East Coast 3 May, she departed New York 18 June for Cherbourg, France, where she arrived 30 June and took part in the ceremonies commemorating the return of the remains of John Paul Jones to the U.S. Naval Academy, reaching Annapolis on 22 July. She next joined Dolphin and Mayfower as one of the host ships for the Russo-Japanese Peace Conference (4 8 August) serving at Oyster Bay, N.Y., Newport, R.I., and Portsmouth, N.H. During 13 August to 11 September 1905 the cruiser had special duty with Minister Plenipotentiary HoHander's State Department cruise from Norfolk to the West Indies ports of Santo Domingo and Portau-Prince, followed by preparations for foreign service at Norfolk and New York

Galveston departed Tompkinsville, N.Y., on 28 December 1905 for service in the Mediterranean with the European Squadron until 28 March 1906 when she set course from Port Said to join the fleet at Cavite, P.I., for service on the Asiatic Station She was n part of the meet reception for Secretary of Navy William H. Taft at Manila on 13 October 1906, served in his honor escort to Vladivostock, Siberia, the next month and spent the following years in cruises among ports of the Philippines, China and Japan. She arrived in San Francisco, Calif., from the Philippines on 17 February 1910, was decommissioned in the Puget Sound Navy Yard on the 21st, and recommissioned there on 29 June 1912 for service that included a training cruise to Alaska. She departed the Puget Sound Navy Yard on 19 September 1913, touching San Francisco, Hawaii and Guam on her way to Cavite P.I., where she joined the Asiatic Fleet on 2 November.

Galveston's tour on the Asiatic Station was largely taken up with convoy service for supply ships and troop transports shuttling Marines and other garrison forces and stores between the Philippines and ports of Japan and China for the protection of American lives, property, and interests with brief intervals of Yangtze River Patrol for the same purpose. She also made one convoy trip from the Philippines to British North Borneo and two trips to Guam in the Marianas She arrived in San Diego from the Asiatic Station on 10 January 1918 and transited the Panama Canal on the 23rd, convoping British troopship Athenic from Cristobal, C.Z., to Norfolk, thence to New York, arriving on 11 February 1918.

Galveston was assigned to Squadron 2 of the Atlantic Fleet Cruiser Force for convoy escort duties concurrent with the training of Armed Guard crews. After one convoy run through heavy weather from Tompkinsville to Halifax, Nova Scotia, she was largely employed in repeated convoy escort voyages between New York and Norfolk until 22 September 1918 when she departed Tompkinsville with a 19-ship convoy bound for Ponta Delgada, Azores. On the morning of 30 September the convoy was attacked by German submarine U-152. Alerted by the 'dashing explosion to starboard, Galveston headed for the scene of attack and opened fire on the U-boat. Cargo ship Ticonderoga was shelled and sunk in the 2 hour battle with a loss of 213 lives but the remaining ships of the convoy were brought safely into Bonta Delgada 4 October 1918.

Galveston returned to Norfolk on 20 October 1918 to resume her coastal convoy escort work until the Armistice. She arrived in Plymouth, England, 26 March 1919 transported a contingent of British-American troops from Harwich to Murmansk, U,S.S,R., then served as flagship of Squadron 3, Patrol Force, in Western European waters. She was largely concerned with the movement of prize crews and repatriation of crews of German ships until 22 June 1919 when she got underway to serve as station and flagship at Constantinople, Turkey. She arrived on station 14 July 1919 and broke the nag of Rear Admiral Mark L. Bristol transported refugees and American Red Cross officials to Constantinople from the Russian ports of Novorossisk and Theodosia and carried Rear Admiral N.

, McCully from Theodosia to Yalta. She was relieved as station ship at Constantinople on 15 July 1920 by cruiser Chattanooga.

With the initial assignment of hull classification symbols and numbers to U.S. Navy ships in 1920, Oalve

ton was classified as PG-31. She then returned home by way of Suez Canal and Mediterranean port reached Boston 17 September 1920, and became a unit of the Special Service Squadron watching over American interests in waters ranging to the Panama Canal and down the West Coast of the Central American States to Corinto, Nicaragua. On 8 August 1921 she was reclassified CL-19. She also intermittently patrolled in the Gulf of Mexico with periodic calls at ports of Florida, Texas Alabama, and Louisiana. The end of this service was climaxed by a visit to her namesake city in Texas, where she arrived from Panama 26 August 1923 to represent the Navy at the American Legion convention. She then steamed to the Charleston Navy Yard and decommissioned 30 November 1923.

Galveston was recommissioned 5 February 1924 for duty with the Special Service Squadron. She based most of her operations out of Christobal and Balboa Panama, in a series of patrols that took her off the coast of Honduras, Cuba, and Nicaragua. On 27 August 1926 she arrived at Bluefields, Nicaragua, landing a force of 195 men at the request of the American Consul to protect American interests during a revolutionary uprising. Thereafter much of her time was spent cruising between that port and Balboa to cooperate with the State Department in the restoration and preservation of order, and to insure the protection of American lives and property in Central America.

After a voyage north in the fall of 1929 for overhaul in the Boston Navy Yard, Galveston revisited her namesake 26 to 29 October for the Navy Day celebrations, then touched Cuba on her way to Haiti, where she embarked Marines for transport to the Panama Canal. She resumed her watchful cruises between Balboa and Corinto until 19 May 1930 when she transited the Panama Canal for a last courtesy visit to Galveston (24 31 May) before inactivation overhaul in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. She was decommissioned at Philadelphia on 2 September 1930 struck from the Navy List 1 November 1930, and sold for scrapping 13 September 1933 to the Northern Metal Co. of Philadelphia Pa.


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