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Belknap Class Guided Missile
Cruisers: DLG/CG-26 to 34
Model featured: DLG-33 USS Fox
- circa 1966, re-designated CG-33 in 1975 -
Originally classified as Guided Missile Destroyer Leaders (DLG) these ships were re-classified as Guided Missile Cruisers (CG) in 1975. The multi-mission ships, designed to operate at high speed for extended periods of time in support of aircraft carrier task forces, could fire extended range standard missiles at any attacking aircraft or missile, had long range sonar to fire ASROC or deploy torpedo-carrying helicopters against submarines, and could fire Harpoons against enemy ships over the horizon. Additionally, they could conduct shore bombardment in support of amphibious operations.
The comprehensive New Threat Upgrade included combat system capability improvements to the ship's Air Search Radars, Fire Control Radars, and Combat Direction System. During the overhaul all spaces were renovated, berthing and food service areas were refurbished, and the engineering plant was fully overhauled. The class was retired in the early 1990s after roughly 30 years of service.
DLG/CG-33 USS Fox
Built at San Pedro, California, USS Fox - the 2nd
last in a class of nine ships - was commissioned on July 9th, 1966. The
following year she began the first of more than a dozen overseas deployments, of
which the first five were in support of the Vietnam War. In 1975 she was
re-designated CG-33. Next followed several cruises to the Western Pacific and
Indian Ocean. From 1978 to 1980 Fox was modernized and received Harpoon
surface-to-surface guided missiles in place of her 3-inch guns, plus other
upgrades to her combat capabilities. Further WestPac deployments took place in
1982, 1985-1986, 1987, 1988-1989, 1991-1992 and 1993. Fox concluded her last
overseas cruise near the end of 1993. Decommissioned and stricken in 1994, she
was sold for scrapping but then repossessed and currently is part of the
Beaumont Reserve Fleet, Texas.
The above is a replication of DLG-32 "USS William H. Standley" circa 1969.
Later - with the 1975 general change in designations - the ship was then re-classified as CG-32.
NOTE that the paint schemes of the chopper on DLG-32 and the chopper on DLG-33 USS Fox circa 1966 are different as fits aircraft changes from 1966 to 1969.
Additionally, there are many other subtle differences in the two different custom models even though both are Belknap Guided Missile Cruisers.
We research extensively to get every custom model correct as to its specific circa.
Belknap Class Guided Missile Cruisers
- all redesignated from DLG to CG in 1975 -
|Hull #||Ship's Name||Commissioned||Stricken||Fate|
|DLG/CG-26||Belknap||Nov 1964||Feb 1995||Sunk as target, 1998|
|DLG/CG-27||Josephus Daniels||May 1965||Jan 1994||Sold for scrap, 1999|
|DLG/CG-28||Wainwright||Jan 1966||Nov 1993||Sunk as target, 2002|
|DLG/CG-29||Jouett||Dec 1966||Jan 1994||Suisan Reserve Fleet|
|DLG/CG-30||Horne||Apr 1967||Feb 1994||Sunk as target, 2008|
|Apr 1965||Mar 1994||Sold for scrap, 2005|
|DLG/CG-32||William H Standley||July 1966||Feb 1994||Sunk as target, 2005|
|DLG/CG-33||Fox||May 1966||Apr 1994||Beaumont Reserve Fleet|
|DLG/CG-34||Biddle||Jan 1967||Nov 1993||Sold for scrap, 1999|
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