Wednesday, December 31, 2008

the first nuclear powered warship in the world uss Long Beach

The ship was propelled by two nuclear reactors, one    for each propeller shaft, and was capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots (56 km/h). The high box-like superstructure contained the SCANFAR system, consisting of the AN/SPS-32 and AN/SPS-33 phased array radars. One    of the reasons Long Beach was a one   -ship class was because it was an experimental platform for these radars, which were precursors to the AN/SPY-1 phased array systems later installed on Aegis warships (Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers). At the time, Long Beach had the highest bridge of any ship smaller than an aircraft carrier
In May 1964, Long Beach joined the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65)Template:WP Ships USS instances and the guided missile frigate USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25)Template:WP Ships USS instances to form the all-nuclear-powered Task Force 1. At the end of July, the three warships began Operation Sea Orbit, a two-month unrefueled cruise around the world. It was the first all-nuclear battle formation in the history of naval operations
General characteristics Displacement: 15,540 tons Length: 721 ft 3 in (219.8 m) Beam: 71 ft 6 in (21.8 m) Draft: 30 ft 7 in (9.3 m) Propulsion: 2 C1W nuclear reactors; 2 General Electric turbines; 80,000 shp; 2 screws Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h) Range: Nuclear Complement: 1160 officers and men


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