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Providence Class Guided
Missile Cruisers: CLG-6 to CLG-8
Model featured: CLG-7 USS Springfield
- circa 1970 -
Converted from Cleveland Class Light Cruisers between 1959 and 1960, the Providence Class ships carried the Terrier Surface-to-Air (SAM) missile system (122 missiles) in lieu of the Talos SAM missile system installed on the otherwise identical Galveston class. All but Topeka had much of the forward weaponry removed and the aft deck rebuilt for the missiles. Topeka retained all her forward guns.
The new class of 3 ships entered service in 1962 to 1964. The final two conversions - CA-124 USS Rochester and CA-130 USS Bremerton - were cancelled. The entire class was taken out of service and disposed of by 1980.
History of CL-66/CLG-7 USS Springfield
Laid down in 1943 USS Springfield was commissioned on September 6th, 1944 as a Cleveland Class Light Cruiser.
In March 1957 Springfield was towed to Quincy, Massachusetts where she began a 3-year long conversion into a guided-missile cruiser. Redesignated CLG-7 in 1957, she was re-commissioned in July 1960 with her armament and appearance greatly altered. During her conversion she was equipped with the Terrier Guided Missile System and her superstructure was enlarged to provide facilities for a fleet commander and his staff. She began a lengthy tour as flagship of the Sixth Fleet and later also as Second Fleet flagship. Springfield was decommissioned in mid-1974 and laid up at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Redesignated CG-7 in June 1975, she had no further active service and was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register at the end of July 1978. The ship was sold for scrapping in 1980.
Model comes with stand up brass plate
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