re-designated California Class CGN
Tons, Dimensions, 596' (oa) x 61' x 31'
Armament 2 Standard SAM 1x2, (80 Missiles) 2 x
ASROC (24 Missiles) 4 x12.75" TT.
Machinery, 60,000 shaft horsepower; 2 G.E.
(D2G), Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots
Keel laid on
13, 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
In Nov '90 I returned from TAD assignment to USS
California (CGN-36) which was
still in overhaul at Puget
Naval shipyard, Bremerton, WA. I resumed duties as
the Navigation Leading Petty Officer.
Sept 1991 I was advanced and initiated as QMC. (I ranked 4th
fleet.) I was pinned with anchors
passed to me from my dear friend, QMC
Burris and on my cover I wore the anchor passed to me
my wife's Grandfather, MMC Donald Davisson, who served in WWI.
In 1992 California left overhaul and spent most of her time
exercises in SoCal testing the many systems upgrades.
Jun 1993 I was transferred to FTC San Diego