Christened July 14 at Quincy, Massachussetts shipyards is the United States' first nuclear-powered surface vessel ...
Christened July 14 at Quincy, Massachussetts shipyards is the United States' first nuclear-powered surface vessel ... the 14,000-ton guided-missile cruiser Long Beach.
At the ceremony, Atomic Commissioner Harold S. Vance said, the conversion of the Navy to nuclear power was now well under way. The Long Beach - the Nautilus of the nation's surface naval forces - will have an endurance and mobility capable of outstripping her conventional predecessors.
Long Beach, 721 feet long, Scheduled for completion late 1960, will have two pressurized water reactors to give virtually unlimited travel for unprecedented distances at high sustained speed. It is scheduled to join the Fleet in 1961.
The cruiser, costing GBP60M - the price of Britain's biggest nuclear power station - will be the first to carry two air defence systems: Talos and Terrier, the guided-missiles. Another missile will be the Regulus Two.
Long Beach's commanding officer will be Captain Eugene Wilkinson, the captain of the Nautilus before its historic voyage under the North Pole.
Nuclear-powered navy ships under construction at U.S. yards include the aircraft-carrier Enterprise and the guided-missile destroyer leader Bainbridge.
More than 7,000 spectators, including high ranking Navy officers were at the Quincy yards as Mrs. Craig Hosmer, wife of the U.S. representative of Long Beach, California, crashed - after the first attempt failed - the traditional bottle of champagne on the bow of the cruiser. Among the guests of honour: Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, the Chief of Naval Operations: Vice-Admiral W.N.Beakley. Deputy Chief of Naval Operations: and Rear-Admiral R.K.James. Chief, Bureau of Ships.