Leahy class Guided Missile Cruiser


leahy class guided missile cruiser destroyer escort cg harry e. yarnell worden dale richmond k. turner gridley england halsey reeves us navy



Modern US Navy Guided Missile Cruisers perform primarily in a Battle Force role. These ships are multi-mission (AAW, ASW, ASUW) surface combatants capable of supporting carrier or battleship battle groups, amphibious forces, or of operating independently and as flagships of surface action groups. Due to their extensive combat capability, these ships have been designated as Battle Force Capable (BFC) units.


The Leahy-class were "double-end" guided missile Guided Missile Destroyer Leader [DLG], which as with other similar ships were reclassified as Guide Missile Cruisers [CG] on 30 June 1975. The class was given an AAW upgrade during the late-1960's and early 1970's, with Terrier launchers modified to fire Terrier or Standard SM-1ER missiles. The 3"/50 guns were replaced by 8 Harpoon missiles, the Terrier launchers were upgraded to fire the Standard SM-2ER missile, and 2 Phalanx CIWS were added. All were upgraded under the late-1980's New Threat Upgrade (NTU) program, which included combat system capability improvements to the ship's Air Search Radars (SPS-48E and SPS-49), Fire Control Radars (SPG-55B), and Combat Direction System (CDS). These improvements provided an accurate means of coordinating the engagment of multiple air targets with SM-2 Extended Range missiles. During the NTU overhaul, all spaces were renovated, berthing and food service areas were refurbished, and the engineering plant was fully overhauled.




in service


CG 16 USS Leahy


Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine

CG 17 USS Harry E. Yarnell


Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine

CG 18 USS Worden


Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine

CG 19 USS Dale


New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, New Jersey

CG 20 USS Richmond K. Turner


New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, New Jersey

CG 21 USS Gridley


Puget Sound Bridge & Drydock, Seattle, Washington

CG 22 USS England


Todd Shipyards Corp., Seattle, Washington

CG 23 USS Halsey


San Francisco Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, California

CG 24 USS Reeves


Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington




7800 tons (full load)


162,50 meters


16,76 meters


7,90 meters (full load)

Max Speed:

32 knots (= 59 km/h)


2 steam turbines / 4 boilers (85000 shp)

2 shafts / 2 propellers


none / landing platform only

Range :

8000 nmi (15000 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h)




AN/SPS-39 air search radar (later AN/SPS-48)

AN/SPS-43 air search radar (later AN/SPS-49)

AN/SPS-10 surface search radar

AN/SPG-55 missile fire control radar

AN/SQS-23 bow mounted sonar

AN/SLQ-32 electronic warfare suite

Mk-36 SRBOC (chaff/decoy system)


2 x Mk-22 3/50-caliber twin guns, aft (removed in favour of the harpoons in the 80s)

1 x Mk-10 Mod 5 twin missile launcher forward + 1 x Mk-10 Mod 6 twin missile launcher aft

for RIM-2 Terrier SAM (80 missiles in total)
> modified in AAW upgrade to fire RIM-67A Standard SM-1ER missiles
> modified to fire RIM-67B Standard SM-2ER missiles in early 1980s

2 x Mk-141 Harpoon quad-launchers for 8 RGM-84A Harpoon SSM (replaced 3"/50)

1 x Mk-16/Mod.7 / 8-cell box launcher for 8 RUR-5 Anti-Submarine Rockets (ASROC)

2 x Mk-32 triple torpedo tubes for 6 Mk-46 12.75" torpedoes

2 x Mk-15 Phalanx close-in-weapon system (CIWS) aft / 1 starboard, 1 port (installed 1980s)




leahy class guided missile cruiser armament mk 10 missile launcher mk 16 asroc launcher mk 32 torpedo tubes mk 15 ciws mk 141 harpoon launcher


leahy class guided missile cruiser destroyer escort armament



from left: Mk-141 HARPOON launcher / Mk-15 CIWS / Mk-32 torpedo tubes / Mk-16 ASROC launcher / Mk-10 missile launcher


leahy class guided missile cruiser armament mk. 10 missile launcher mk. 16 asroc launcher

forward Mk-10 missile launcher and Mk-16 ASROC launcher, behind


forward Mk-10 missile launcher and Mk-16 ASROC launcher, behind


leahy class cruiser mk. 141 harpoon missile launcher mk. 10 missile launcher

Mk-141 HARPOON SSM launcher (2x4) and aft Mk-10 missile launcher


leahy class cruiser rur-5 asroc mk. 16 launcher

RUR-5 ASROC was launched from the Mk-16 8-cell box launcher


leahy class cruiser mk. 22 3" 50 caliber twin gun

Mk-22 3/50-caliber twin guns (later replaced by Mk-141 HARPOON launchers)



class images:


cg 16 uss leahy

USS Leahy (CG 16) - 1983


cg 17 uss harry e. yarnell

USS Harry E. Yarnell (CG 17) - 1990


cg 18 uss worden

USS Worden (CG 18) - 1987


cg 19 uss dale

USS Dale (CG 19)


cg 20 uss richmond k. turner

USS Richmond K. Turner (CG 20) - 1988


cg 21 uss gridley

USS Gridley (CG 21) - 1991


cg 22 uss england

USS England (CG 22) - 1988


cg 23 uss halsey

USS Halsey (CG 23) - 1987


cg 24 uss reeves

USS Reeves (CG 24) - 1991


leahy class guided missile cruiser destroyer escort line drawing



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