The first of a new fleet of missile-age cruisers, capable of destroying enemy aircraft and surface targets at ranges in excess of 65 miles, was commissioned on May 28th at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
S.V. Name on ship "Galveston"
G.V. Ship at Philadelphia ship yard.
S.V. Galveston passes camera showing Talos missile on deck.
S.V. Talos missile elevated into firing position.
C.U.Pan ..Up missile.
S.V. Two missiles.
S.V. Operator at missile firing control.
S.C.U. Missile being raised into position by lift.
S.V. Sailor in lift.
S.V. Missile on lift.
S.V. Sailor operates foot control.
S.V. Missile through hatch towards camera.
S.V. Missile past camera.
S.V. Tail fins being attached.
C.U. Hatches on deck open.
S.V. Missiles through hatches.
L.V. Missiles into firing position.
G.V. Galveston at berth.
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Background: The first of a new fleet of missile-age cruisers, capable of destroying enemy aircraft and surface targets at ranges in excess of 65 miles, was commissioned on May 28th at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
Principal armament of the USS Galveston will be the deadly Talos guided missile. 20 feet long and 30 inches in diameter, it weighs 3,000 lbs and is powered by a ramjet engine of 40,000 horsepower which can propel the missile to supersonic speeds, with a range in excess of the conventional Navy 'big guns 8 and with a ceiling higher than that reached by any bombers.
It is accelerated to supersonic speed by a solid-fuel rocket booster about 10 feet long, which is jettisoned when cruising speed is attained.
Originally launched in 1945, the Galveston was placed in the reserve fleet in 1947, when nearly ready for commissioning. Her conversion to a guided missile cruiser began in 1956. She is 610 feet long, has a displacement of 14,600 tons and a speed of more than 30 knots. She will carry a crew of 89 officers and 1,187 enlisted men.
Loading of the Talos missiles is carried out by automatic conveyors. An operator controls the movement from below decks to firing position from a console, covered with dials and switches. The only hand carried out operation is the fixing of the fins to the missiles. In the event of an action at sea reloading could be effected in a matter of seconds.