The Heavy Cruiser USS Newport News (CA-148) went through many important phases of service in her short but decorated career. By opening the History Page you can navigate to the specific topic listed.
From this contents page you will be able to navigate to each of the general topic areas listed. At the start of each key topic you will be able to further navigate to a specific year of service.
By following the links you should be able to steer a course all the way from construction to decommissioning.
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The Worlds Largest Heavy Gun Cruiser
USS Newport News (CA-148). Starboard bow view while at anchor in the Caribbean, June 1949.
USS NewportNews CA-148 operating in the Mediterranean Sea in 1957
USS Newport News shelling the coast of Vietnam in June 1972 during her 3rd tour in Vietnam
USS Newport News (CA-148), February 1951. Combined US-British Exercises in the Mediterranean. USS Gearing (DD 710) fueling from Sixth Fleet Flagship USS Newport News (CA-148) during combined U.S. and British Naval Exercises February 12-13, 1952, in the Mediterranean. Also at National Archives as USN 708112. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. (2015/06/30)
Bob Freeman, myself, and Herb Bernard are representing the USS Newport News at the dedication of the new plaque describing the anchor that is featured in the middle of the rotary just in front of the old entrance to the USS Salem in Quincy, Mass.
The event was attended by crew members from all three Des Moines class Cruisers including Newport News, Des Moines,, and the Salem.
We also had some foreign dignitaries from Villefranche Sur Mer, the Mediterranean Home Port of all three of these vessels when they operated in the med in the 50s and 60s as Com 6th Fleet. The folks from the town of Villefranche are creating a museum to honor the vessels that were stationed there as their home port, and this international meeting opens up a new channel of communications with those in the med who are interested in preserving both the ship and the history of the world's largest and greatest heavy gun cruisers.
The mayor of Quincy was in attendance, along with several state politicians, and 4 motorcycle cops donated their time to handle traffic around the Rotary while 50 or 60 people were inside the circle having the ceremony.
The anchor itself came from the USS Des Moines before it was scrapped, and the $3,000 cost of the 60 lb. bronze plaques was borne by a Des Moines sailor. After the anchor ceremony, we all went to the Salem and dedicated a plaque on the side of the superstructure.
Dignitaries / Attendees
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