USS Galveston CL-93-CLG 3 - History

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USS Galveston CL-93-CLG 3

Galveston II

(CL-93: dp. 14,600, 1. 60S'4", b. 63'7", dr. 25', s. over 30 k; cpl. 1,276, a. 6 6", 6 5", 2 Tall mis; cl. Cleveland)

The second Galveston (CL-93) was launched by William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Co., Philadelphia Pa., 22 April 1945: and sponsored by Mrs. Clark Wallace Thompson. The cruiser's construction was suspended when nearly complete 24 June 1946; and the hull assigned to the Philadelphia Group of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. She was reclassified CLG-93 on 4 February 1956, then reclassified to CLG-3 on 23 May 1957 and commissioned at Philadelphia 28 May 1958, Captain J B. Colwell in command.

The warship departed Philadelphia on 30 June 1958 for builder's trials out of Norfolk, Va., in the Virginia Capes area, that included "highly successful" tests of her new Talos missile and tracking gear. The deadly Talos supersonic surface to-air missile weighs nearly 3000 pounds, including a 40,000 horsepower ramjet engine; with a range of over 65 miles and is designed to destroy enemy aircraft at high altitudes using either a conventional or atomic warhead. She finished out the year with operations in the Norfolk area.

Galveston arrived at San Juan, Puerto Rico, 16 January 1959 for training and evaluation operations in waters of the West Indies. She successfully fired the first Talos missile ever shot at sea 24 February 1959. Termed by Admiral Arleigh Burke as "the best antiaircraft missile in any arsenal in the world," the Talos sent its payload off in a trail of bright orange flame. Galveston reported the shot "hot, straight and normal" as she proudly proved her capability as one of the most mighty warships of the modern United States Navy. The cruiser set course for Norfolk 17 March and a special yard period in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

In July 1959 Galveston conducted shakedown and acceptance trials in the Virginia Capes area' followed by a refresher training cruise to waters off Cuba and the testing of her radar and communications in war games with the U.S. Air Force. On 4 January 1960 she departed Norfolk for a visit to Charleston, S.C., and operations off the Florida coast, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. She then headed to her namesake city of Galveston, arriving on 16 February for a Silver Service presentation. Returning to Norfolk, the cruiser unloaded her ammunition for shock tests off the Bahamas, then entered the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on 25 March 1960 for a yard period that extended into the fall. During this time the cruiser entertained more than 30,000 visitors. She headed for the Virginia Capes 24 October 1960, successfully completing her first missile transfer at sea.

On 6 January 1961 Galveston departed Norfolk for more Bureau of Naval Weapons technical evaluation of her Talos missile systems, including tests of the IV Talos, its capabilities and potentials, in areas off Jacksonville Fla., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. These evaluations completed 1 March, she departed San Juan for refresher training and her final acceptance trial out of: Guantanamo Bay. The cruiser returned to Norfolk on 9 April, but soon steamed to Jacksonville, Fla., where on 8 May she began duty under the Operational Technical Evaluation Force that included extensive testing of her missile system and many Talos firings. The effectiveness of the system and the weapon were demonstrated by a new, long-range record as well as a successful two~missile salvo shot. The Talos missile cruiser entertained over 17,000 visitors at Cape Canaveral on the Armed Forces weekend celebration in May, completed later phases of her evaluation exercises in the Caribbean through 21 July; then visited Bayonne, N.J., where her missile fire. control radars were removed preparatory to overhaul in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard (30 August 1961-23 July 1962). This overhaul included modifications to the fire control system of the Talos missile.

Galveston departed Philadelphia on 23 July 1962, transited the Panama Canal for San Diego, Calif.; and joined Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla 9, U. S. Pacific Fleet, on 24 August 1962. She operated along the West Coast until October 1963 when she sailed for the Western Pacific as flagship of the flotilla. During the next 6 months she operated in the Far East with the 7th Fleet of Japan, Taiwan, and Okinawa. She returned to San Diego 16 April 1964 and resumed West Coast training.

Following a 4-month overhaul from October 1964 to February 1965, Galvestonton departed San Diego 4 June for operations off the coast of South Vietnam. She touched at Subic Bay, Philippines, 21 June, then sailed to join the 7th Fleet in the South China Sea. During the next 5 months she ranged the Southeast Asian waters from the Gulf of Thailand to the Gulf of Tonkin while supporting the American effort to repel Communist aggression in South Vietnam. She provided gunfire support during search-and-clear operations at Chu Lai and at the Vun Tuong Peninsula. In addition she provided air defense for 7th Fleet carriers in the South China Sea and conducted search and rescue operations in the Gulf of Tonkin. She departed the Philippines 2 December and arrived San Diego 18 December.

Resuming operations early in January 1966, Galveston operated out of San Diego to the Hawaiian Islands and along the California coast while keeping her crew and equipment in a peak state of readiness. From 31 July to 4 November she underwent modernization overhaul, then she resumed training for the remainder of 1966. Early in 1967 she departed San Diego for the East Coast, and at present she is assigned to the Atlantic Fleet for duty in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.


Seeking deck log of USS Galveston (CLG-3)

I need to get the deck logs of the USS Galveston (CLG-3) for June 1965 to December 1965. I need the log to back up my claim to the VA for Agent Orange exposure.

Re: Seeking deck log of USS Galveston (CLG-3)
Jason Atkinson 29.04.2020 13:07 (в ответ на Frederick Kersey)

Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1941 - 1983 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that include the deck log of the USS Galveston (CLG-3) for June 1965 to December 1965. The deck logs you seek are closed for digitization. Please see the blog CLOSED - Vietnam War-era U.S. Navy & Coast Guard Deck Logs for Digitization Project for more information. When these records are reopened we will post a follow-up reply. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you.

Re: Seeking deck log of USS Galveston (CLG-3)
Jason Atkinson 21.08.2020 12:34 (в ответ на Frederick Kersey)

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USS Galveston CL-93-CLG 3 - History

USS Galveston , a 10,000-ton Cleveland class light cruiser built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was delivered to the Navy in May 1946, when almost completed. Her final outfitting was suspended in June 1946 and she was transferred to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet without having been commissioned. Reflecting plans to convert her to a guided missile light cruiser, Galveston 's hull number was changed to CLG-93 in February 1956. She was again redesignated CLG-3 in May 1957, while conversion work was underway at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Her history is continued in the page USS Galveston (CLG-3).

This page features all the views we have related to USS Galveston (CL-93, later CLG-3) as a light cruiser, and provides links to others of her after conversion to a guided missile cruiser.

If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

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Is tugged from the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 24 May 1946.
The ship was laid up, not quite complete, in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, shortly afterwards.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

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Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system.

Is tugged from the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 24 May 1946.
The ship was laid up, not quite complete, in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, shortly afterwards.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Ship's Sponsor, Mrs. Clark Wallace Thompson, prepares for the christening, at the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 April 1945.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Mrs. Clark Wallace Thompson christens the ship, during launching ceremonies at the Cramp shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 April 1945.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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In addition to the images presented above, the National Archives appears to hold at least one other view of USS Galveston (CL-93). The following list features this image:

The image listed below is NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections.
DO NOT try to obtain it using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions".

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USS Galveston CL-93-CLG 3 - History

As part of the Navy's Fiscal Year 1956 shipbuilding and conversion program the never-commissioned light cruiser Galveston (CL-93), a member of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet since mid-1946, was taken out of "mothballs" and turned over to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for reconstruction as a guided missile ship. Redesignated CLG-93 in February 1956, as work was beginning, she received her difinitive hull number, CLG-3, in May 1957. Galveston was commissioned in May 1958 as the Navy's first ship to carry the "Talos" guided missile, a long-range, and quite large, anti-aircraft weapon. The ship had been extensively modified, especially aft of amidships, to equip her with magazines, a launcher and the radars associated with this new weapons system, and her first three years of active service were largely spent testing the "Talos" at sea off the U.S. East Coast and in the Caribbean region.

From mid-1961 to mid-1962 Galveston was back in shipyard hands, receiving new search radars among other modifications. She then transferred to the Pacific Fleet and in 1963-1964 made her first overseas deployment, a half-year tour with the Seventh Fleet in the Far East. Her second western Pacific cruise, in June-December 1965, included active involvement in the Vietnam War, with the cruiser using her five and six-inch guns to bombard the enemy ashore. She also provided air defense for Naval Forces operating in the Gulf of Tonkin and took part in search and rescue operations.

Early in 1967 Galveston was temporarily sent back to the Atlantic to serve a term in Mediterranean Sea with the Sixth Fleet. This tour, in March-August 1967, was marked by the short, but very intense, war in June between Israel and several Arab nations. In September the ship returned to the Pacific and about a year later began her third Seventh Fleet deployment, which featured more Vietnam war combat service. Returning to the U.S. in January 1969, Galveston again went to the Mediterranean in May of that year for a cruise that lasted until October. Later steaming back to her West Coast base, the ship soon commenced inactivation preparations, leading to her decommissioning in May 1970. USS Galveston 's second stay in the Reserve Fleet lasted only a little more than three years. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in December 1973 and sold for scrapping in May 1975.

This page features all the overall views we have of USS Galveston (CLG-3) after conversion to a guided missile cruiser, and provides links to other images concerning her actions, activities and disposition.

If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

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Underway at sea, 11 January 1959.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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Underway at sea, circa early 1961.
This photograph was an enclosure to a letter sent by the ship on 9 March 1961.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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At sea, circa 1958-1961, while fitted with her original suite of radar antennas.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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At sea in October 1963.
Photographed by PH1 R.M. Moen, of USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63).
USS Perkins (DD-877) is in the distance.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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Steaming at sea, 24 August 1964.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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Underway in the Mediterranean Sea, 10 May 1967.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

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Underway at sea, circa 1967.
This photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Center in June 1967.


USS Galveston CL-93-CLG 3 - History

The operation was conducted as a combined arms assault involving ground, air and naval units. U.S. Marines were deployed by helicopter insertion into the designated landing zone while an amphibious landing was used to deploy other Marines.

Order of battle
The operation was launched on D-Day August 18, 1965, involving 5,500 Marines. Regimental 2nd Battalion 4th Marines (2/4), 1st Battalion, 7th Marines (1/7) and 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines (3/3), and 3rd Battalion 7th Marines (3/7) the SLF - permission was granted by Admiral Sharp to use Special Landing Force and originally a reserve component) in an assault on the Viet Cong base near Van Tuong. The United States Navy's USS Galveston (CLG-3) and USS Cabildo (LSD-16) were available for naval gunfire support and 3rd Battalion 12th Marines was the artillery unit in direct support. USS Vernon County (LST-1161) embarked elements of the 3d Battalion, 3d Marines (Battalion Landing Team) (BLT) 3, under Lieutenant Colonel Joseph E. Muir, USMC, at Chu Lai, and sailed south along the coast to An Thuong, where she put the troops ashore in one phase of "Starlite."

Viet Cong forces comprised the 1st VC Regiment made up of the 60th and 80th VC Battalions, the 52nd VC Company, and a company of the 45th VC Weapons Battalion. The total Viet Cong strength was around 1,500 men, and backed by several elite mortar units.


Battle
A MAG-16 helicopter evacuates casualties, while a Marine M48 Patton tank stands guard.
Mike Co., 3/3 was designated the blocking force and deployed on August 18, 1965 using LVT-5s to the operational area. When it landed on the beach, it marched 4 miles (6.5 km) to establish their blocking positions. 3/3 made an amphibious landing and were tasked with driving the Viet Cong towards the 2nd battalion 4th Marines who were to be lifted by helicopter into three landing zones west of Van Tuong. Secrecy was paramount, and no ARVN commander or units were informed of the impending operation.

The Marines met light resistance moving into the attack, using their submachine guns to repulse occasional Viet Cong raiders. Echo Company, 2/4 spotted Viet Cong in the open and called in artillery fire from 3rd Battalion 12th Marines. The artillery barrage was reported to have killed 90 Viet Cong, including crippling several of their mortar units. Hotel Company, 2/4 assaulted the 60th VC Battalion who put up a vicious fight, only being overwhelmed when attack helicopters swooped on their position, peppering it with rocket and machine gun fire. One prisoner was taken and 40 weapons were captured. India Company, 3/3 attacked An Cuong after receiving heavy fire from the hamlet and losing their company commander in the engagement.

India Company was ordered to join Kilo and Hotel companies and clean up any opposition but was caught in a crossfire from Nam Yen Dan Hill 30. Hotel Company established a defensive perimeter and were told to await reinforcements. The expected reinforcements, were diverted to assist the supply column that was ambushed west of their position. 37mm recoilless rifle fire from the VC positions tore into the 5 LVTs and 3 flame tanks, forcing the Marines to mount a rescue. The Marines were hit by intense mortar and rifle fire and suffered 5 dead and 17 wounded. They called in artillery and air support to suppress the mortar and automatic fire, F-4 fighter jets dropping cluster bombs, resulting in an avalanche on the hillside which wiped out many of the attacking rifle and mortar squads.

The developing engagement necessitated the deployment of Lima Company, 3/7 from the USS Iwo Jima to join India Company to assist the ambushed supply column. Part of Lima Company was caught in a horseshoe ambush in their attempt to rescue a downed LVT (amtrac) personnel, 4 marines were killed and 10 wounded. Come nightfall, the Marines hunkered down into defensive positions. Scout units of 3/7's Marines came ashore during the night and the battalion got ready for a morning assault on the Vietnamese positions. When they finally attacked they found the VC unit had already retreated from the encirclement during the night, though pockets of resistance continued from other Viet Cong fighters holed up in bunkers and caves. Fightings ceased at nightfall.


Contents

Talos was the end product of Operation Bumblebee, the Navy's 16-year surface-to-air missile development program for protection against guided anti-ship missiles like Henschel Hs 293 glide bombs, Fritz X, and kamikaze aircraft. [1] The Talos was the primary effort behind the Bumblebee project, but was not the first missile the program developed the RIM-2 Terrier was the first to enter service. The Talos was originally designated SAM-N-6, and was redesignated RIM-8 in 1963. The airframe structure was manufactured by McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis final assembly was by Bendix Missile Systems in Mishawaka, Indiana. The first production versions of the missile cost about $155,000 in 1955 ($1,443,674.16 in 2020 dollars), however the price would drop as Bendix increased production. [2]

The Talos saw relatively limited use due to its large size and dual radar antenna system there were few ships that could accommodate the large missiles with the AN/SPW-2 missile guidance radar and the AN/SPG-49 target illumination and tracking radar. [3] The 9.9-meter-long, 3½-tonne missile was comparable in size to a small fighter aircraft. [4] The Talos Mark 7 Guided Missile Launching System (GMLS) was installed in three Galveston-class cruisers (converted Cleveland-class light cruisers) with 16 missiles in a ready-service magazine and up to 30 missiles and boosters in a storage area above the main deck. Nuclear-powered USS Long Beach and three Albany-class cruisers (converted Baltimore-class heavy cruisers) carried Mark 12 Guided Missile Launching Systems fed from a 52-round magazine below the main deck. [5]

The initial SAM-N-6b/RIM-8A had an effective range of about 50 nm, and a conventional warhead. The SAM-N-6bW/RIM-8B was a RIM-8A with a nuclear warhead terminal guidance was judged unnecessary for a nuclear warhead, so the SARH antenna was omitted. The SAM-N-6b1/RIM-8C was introduced in 1960 and had double the range, and a more effective conventional continuous-rod warhead. The RIM-8D was the nuclear-warhead version of the -8C. The SAM-N-6c/RIM-8E "Unified Talos" had a warhead that could be swapped while embarked, eliminating the need to waste magazine capacity carrying dedicated nuclear-tipped variants. The RIM-8E also carried an improved continuous-wave terminal homing seeker, and had a higher ceiling reach-out. Some RIM-8Cs were retrofitted with the new seeker, and designated RIM-8F. The RIM-8G and RIM-8J had further radar homing improvements and a new fuel that extended the range to 130 nm. [6]

The surface-to-air versions also saw action in Vietnam, a total of four MiGs being shot down by Chicago and Long Beach. On May 23, 1968, a Talos fired from USS Long Beach shot down a Vietnamese MiG at a range of about 65 miles. This was the first downing of a hostile aircraft by a missile fired from a ship. The hit also destroyed a second MiG which flew through the debris. In September 1968 Long Beach scored another MiG destroyed at a range of 61 miles. On May 9, 1972 Chicago ' s forward Talos battery scored a long-range kill on a MiG. [7] The Talos missile also had surface-to-surface capabilities. [8]

The RIM-8H Talos-ARM was a dedicated anti-radar homing missile for use against shore-based radar stations. Initial testing of the RIM-8H was performed in 1965, and soon after it was deployed in Vietnam on Chicago, Oklahoma City, and Long Beach, attacking North Vietnamese SAM radars. Oklahoma City fired the first successful RIM-8H combat shot in US Navy history in early 1972. It was also the first combat surface-to-surface missile shot in US Navy history. [9]

Long Beach had her Talos launcher removed in 1978. Talos was phased out of fleet service with the decommissioning of USS Oklahoma City in 1979, though the Albany-class ships carrying the system soldiered on a few more years with the launchers left in place until they were retired in 1980. After 21 years of fleet service, the missile was replaced by the RIM-67 Standard missile, which was fired from the smaller Mk10 launcher.

Two Talos missiles are on display at the Military Honor Park located near the entrance of the South Bend International Airport in South Bend, Indiana.

A Talos missile is displayed in the atrium of the South Bend Regional Airport (historically known as Bendix Field).

A Talos Missile can also be seen on display at the Muskogee War Memorial Park located in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

A Talos missile is on display at The US Navy's Guided Missile School at Dam Neck, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, just outside of the main building of the NAVGMSCOL.

Two Talos missiles are on display, in launch position, on the stern of USS Little Rock at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park located in Buffalo, New York.

A Talos missile and booster were on display at Rita Blanca Park (home of the XIT Rodeo & Reunion) in Dalhart Texas, at least from 1981 or earlier, but as of 2017 had been removed.


Mục lục

Galveston được đặt lườn vào tháng 8 năm 1943 tại xưởng tàu của hãng Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company tại Newport News, Virginia và được hạ thủy vào ngày 22 tháng 4 năm 1945, được đỡ đầu bởi Bà Clark Wallace Thompson. Việc hoàn tất nó bị ngưng lại khi nó sắp hoàn thành vào ngày 24 tháng 6 năm 1946, và lườn tàu được chuyển về Đội Philadelphia thuộc Hạm đội Dự bị Đại Tây Dương. Được xếp lớp như là CL-93 vào ngày 4 tháng 2 năm 1956, Galveston được tái cấu trúc thành tàu tuần dương tên lửa điều khiển, trở thành chiếc dẫn đầu cho lớp tàu tuần dương Galveston trang bị hệ thống tên lửa đất-đối-không Talos, được xếp lại lớp như là CLG-3 vào ngày 23 tháng 5 năm 1957. Galveston cuối cùng được đưa ra hoạt động tại Philadelphia vào ngày 28 tháng 5 năm 1958 dưới quyền chỉ huy của hạm trưởng, Đại tá Hải quân J. B. Colwell. [1] [2]

1958-1960 Sửa đổi

Galveston khởi hành từ Philadelphia vào ngày 30 tháng 6 năm 1958 cho chuyến đi chạy thử máy ngoài khơi Norfolk, Virginia, tại khu vực Virginia Capes, bao gồm các cuộc thử nghiệm thành công vũ khí mới Talos và thiết bị dẫn đường tương ứng. Kiểu tên lửa đất-đối-không tốc độ siêu âm mới này nặng gần 3.000 lb (1.400 kg), trang bị động cơ phản lực ramjet công suất 40.000 hp (30 MW) và có tầm xa hoạt động trên 65 dặm (105 km). Nó được thiết kế để tiêu diệt máy bay đối phương ở tầm cao bằng đầu đạn thông thường hay đầu đạn hạt nhân. Galveston đi đến San Juan, Puerto Rico vào ngày 16 tháng 1 năm 1959 cho các hoạt động huấn luyện và đánh giá tại vùng biển Tây Ấn. Nó bắn thành công tên lửa Talos lần đầu tiên ngoài biển vào ngày 24 tháng 2 năm 1959, chứng minh khả năng là chiếc tàu chiến hùng mạnh nhất của Hải quân Hoa Kỳ hiện đại. Galveston lên đường quay trở về Norfolk vào ngày 17 tháng 3 và trải qua một giai đoạn trong ụ tàu ở Xưởng hải quân Philadelphia. [1]

Vào tháng 7 năm 1959, Galveston tiến hành chạy thử máy và nghiệm thu tại khu vực Virginia Capes, tiếp nối bằng một chuyến đi huấn luyện ôn tập tại vùng biển ngoài khơi Cuba cùng thử nghiệm các hệ thống radar và thông tin liên lạc qua các cuộc tập trận chung với Không quân Hoa Kỳ. Vào ngày 4 tháng 1 năm 1960, nó khởi hành từ Norfolk cho một chuyến viếng thăm Charleston, South Carolina, tiếp nối bằng các hoạt động ngoài khơi bờ biển Florida, Puerto Rico và quần đảo Virgin. Sau đó nó hướng đến thành phố mà nó được đặt tên Galveston thuộc tiểu bang Texas, đến nơi vào ngày 16 tháng 2, nơi nó được trao tặng một biểu tượng phục vụ bằng bạc. Quay trở lại Norfolk, con tàu cho tháo dỡ đạn dược để thử nghiệm chấn động ngoài khơi Bahamas, rồi đi vào Xưởng hải quân Philadelphia vào ngày 25 tháng 3 năm 1960 cho một đợt bảo trì kéo dài cho đến mùa Thu. Trong giai đoạn này, con tàu đã tiếp đón hơn 30.000 khách viếng thăm. Nó lên đường hướng đến Virginia Capes vào ngày 24 tháng 10 năm 1960, hoàn tất thành công việc chuyển giao tên lửa ngoài biển. [1]

1961 Sửa đổi

Vào ngày 6 tháng 1 năm 1961, Galveston rời Norfolk cho các đợt thử nghiệm đánh giá kỹ thuật hệ thống tên lửa Talos do Văn phòng Vũ khí Hải quân tiến hành, bao gồm hệ thống dẫn đường, các tính năng và khả năng tác chiến, tại khu vực ngoài khơi Jacksonville, Florida, Puerto Rico và quần đảo Virgin. Khi những công việc thử nghiệm đánh giá kết thúc vào ngày 1 tháng 3, nó rời San Juan cho một đợt huấn luyện ôn tập và thử máy nghiệm thu sau cùng ngoài khơi vịnh Guantanamo. [1]

Chiếc tàu tuần dương quay trở về Norfolk vào ngày 9 tháng 4, nhưng lại nhanh chóng di chuyển đến Jacksonville, nơi mà vào ngày 8 tháng 5 Galveston bắt đầu hoạt động cùng Lực lượng Đánh giá Hoạt động Chiến thuật, bao gồm các thử nghiệm rộng rãi hệ thống tên lửa của nó, và đã bắn nhiều quả Talos. Hiệu quả của hệ thống và vũ khí được thể hiện bằng một kỷ lục bắn tầm xa mới cũng như bắn thành công loạt hai quả tên lửa. Chiếc tàu tuần dương tên lửa Talos đã thu hút trên 17.000 khách viếng thăm tại mũi Canaveral nhân ngày lễ hội Quân đội trong tháng 5 sau đó nó hoàn tất giai đoạn cuối của việc tập trận đánh giá tại vùng biển Carribe cho đến ngày 21 tháng 7 năm 1960. Nó đã ghé qua Bayonne, New Jersey, nơi các radar điều khiển hỏa lực tên lửa được tháo dỡ chuẩn bị cho việc đại tu. Galveston được đại tu tại Xưởng hải quân Philadelphia từ ngày 30 tháng 8 năm 1961 đến ngày 23 tháng 7 năm 1962, bao gồm những cải tiến cho hệ thống điều khiển hỏa lực của tên lửa Talos. [1]

Galveston ghé qua Charleston để sửa chữa thiết bị điện tử. Nó buộc phải đi vào cảng lúc thủy triều thấp, và phải hạ thấp các cột ăn-ten tín hiệu để có thể băng qua bên dưới cầu Charleston. [1]

1962-1964 Sửa đổi

Galveston rời Philadelphia vào ngày 23 tháng 7 năm 1962, băng qua kênh đào Panama để đi đến San Diego, California, gia nhập Chi hạm đội Tuần dương-Khu trục 9 thuộc Hạm đội Thái Bình Dương vào ngày 24 tháng 8 năm 1962. Nó hoạt động dọc theo bờ Tây Hoa Kỳ cho đến tháng 10 năm 1963 khi nó lên đường hướng sang khu vực Tây Thái Bình Dương như là soái hạm của chi hạm đội. Trong 6 tháng tiếp theo sau, nó hoạt động tại Viễn Đông cùng với Đệ Thất hạm đội ngoài khơi Nhật Bản, Đài Loan và Okinawa. Nó quay trở về San Diego vào ngày 16 tháng 4 năm 1964 tiếp nối các hoạt động huấn luyện ngoài khơi vùng bờ Tây. [1]

1965 Sửa đổi

Sau một đợt đại tu kéo dài bốn tháng từ tháng 10 năm 1964 đến tháng 2 năm 1965, Galveston rời San Diego cho những hoạt động ngoài khơi Nam Việt Nam. Nó ghé qua căn cứ hải quân vịnh Subic, Philippines vào ngày 21 tháng 6 rồi gia nhập Đệ Thất hạm đội trong biển Nam Trung Quốc. Trong 5 tháng tiếp theo sau, nó hoạt động suốt trong vùng biển Đông Nam Á trải từ vịnh Thái Lan cho đến vịnh Bắc Bộ, hỗ trợ cho các hoạt động của Hoa Kỳ đẩy lui Cộng sản tại Nam Việt Nam. Nó đã bắn pháo hỗ trợ cho các cuộc hành quân tìm và diệt tại Chu Lai và bán đảo Vạn Tường ngoài ra nó còn bảo vệ phòng không cho các tàu sân bay thuộc Đệ Thất hạm đội trong biển Nam Trung Quốc cùng những hoạt động tìm kiếm giải cứu các phi công bị bắn rơi trong vịnh Bắc bộ. Nó rời Philippines vào ngày 2 tháng 12 và về đến San Diego vào ngày 18 tháng 12. [1]

1966-1967 Sửa đổi

Tiếp nối việc phục vụ vào đầu tháng 1 năm 1966, Galveston hoạt động tại khu vực từ ngoài khơi San Diego cho đến quần đảo Hawaii và dọc theo bờ biển California trong khi duy trì thủy thủ đoàn và thiết bị trong tình trạng sẵn sàng chiến đấu cao độ. Từ ngày 31 tháng 7 đến ngày 4 tháng 11, nó trải qua một đợt hiện đại hóa, rồi tiếp tục công việc huấn luyện trong thời gian còn lại của năm 1966. Đầu năm 1967, Galveston rời San Diego đi sang vùng bờ Đông, trải qua hầu hết thời gian còn lại của năm đó hoạt động cùng Hạm đội Đại Tây Dương cho các nhiệm vụ tại Đại Tây Dương và Địa Trung Hải. [1]

1968-1969 Sửa đổi

Vào ngày 19 tháng 10 năm 1968, Galveston rời Seal Beach, California cho lượt bố trí hoạt động cuối cùng đến khu vực Tây Thái Bình Dương. Nó phân chia thời gian cho các hoạt động tại Trạm Yankee phía Bắc và Đà Nẵng ở phía Nam, nơi nó tạm thời thay thế cho thiết giáp hạm New Jersey tại tiền duyên, trong một đợt kéo dài 9 ngày đã bắn 3500 quả đạn pháo 5 inch và 6 inch và hỗ trợ có hiệu quả cho lực lượng Thủy quân Lục chiến Hàn Quốc tại vùng đồng bằng. Galveston quay trở về đến San Diego vào ngày 2 tháng 2 năm 1969. Sau đó nó rời San Diego để chuyển sang khu vực bờ Đông, bắt đầu các hoạt động cùng Hạm đội Đại Tây Dương cho các nhiệm vụ tại khu vực Địa Trung Hải. [1]

Galveston được tặng thưởng hai Ngôi sao Chiến trận do thành tích vụ phục trong cuộc Chiến tranh Việt Nam. [1] [2]


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