USS California (CGN-36)

Originally California Class DLGN

re-designated California Class CGN

Displacement 9,561 Tons, Dimensions, 596' (oa) x 61' x 31' 6" (Max)
Armament 2 Standard SAM 1x2, (80 Missiles) 2 x 5"/54RF, ASROC (24 Missiles) 4 x12.75" TT.
Machinery, 60,000 shaft horsepower; 2 G.E. Reactors (D2G), Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots
Crew 540.
Keel laid on 13 JUN 1968 at Newport News Shipyard, Newport News, VA
Launched Sep 22, 1971
Commissioned  Feb 16, 1974
Decommissioned Jul 09, 1999
Stricken  Jul 09, 1999
Recycled at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, May 12, 2000
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My Duties with USS California
Mar 1988 - Jun 1993

USS California (CGN-36) was a nuclear powered cruiser home ported and berthed at Alameda, NAS

I was annoyed to find that the CO and most officers were nuclear engineers.  They forgot (or ignored) that the real function of a surface combatant ship is "Ordinace on Target" instead, the nuclear engineering plant became the tail that wagged the dog.

In July '88, California joined a huge task group on what was called a "MiniPac."  We transited via great circle through the Aleutian Islands and then joined Japanese and Korean units for joint exercises in the Sea of Japan.  In Aug we spent a long weekend in Chinhae, Korea, arriving back in Alameda, CA in Sept.

Feb '89 California went into overhaul and refueling at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.
I was assigned as LPO to fire watch division.  The system for assigning and tracking fire watch personnel seemed inefficient to me, so I devised and set up my own system.  When I was transferred TAD to another ship, I taught my system to my relief and he was later awarded a Navy/Marine corps Achievement medal for following through on my idea. 

In July'90 to Dec 90 I was transferred TAD to USS Reasoner (FF-1063).

Sept 1991 I was advanced and initiated as QMC. (I ranked 4th in the fleet.) I was pinned with anchors passed to me from my dear friend, QMC Burris.  On my cover I also wore an anchor passed to me from my wife's Grandfather, MMC Donald Davison, who served in WWI.

In 1992 California left overhaul and spent most of her time performing exercises in SoCal testing the many systems upgrades.

Jun 1993 I was transferred to FTC San Diego for instructor duty.

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