Guided Missile Cruiser

DLG 19 / CG 19-USS Dale



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Type, Class:


Guided Missile Cruiser; Leahy - class

built as DLG 19; redesignated to CG 19 on June 30, 1975



New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, USA



Awarded: November 7, 1958

Laid down: September 6, 1960 (as DLG 19)

Launched: July 28, 1962 (as DLG 19)

Commissioned: November 23, 1963 (as DLG 19)

Redesignated CG 19: June 30, 1975

Decommissioned: September 27, 1994

Fate: sunk as a target (Atlantic) - April 6, 2000 during a SINKEX exercise






named after and in honor of Commodore Richard Dale (1756-1826)

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Technical Data:

(Measures, Propulsion,

Armament, Aviation, etc.)


see: INFO > Leahy - class Guided Missile Cruiser


ship images


decommissioning - December 1994


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decommissioning - December 1994


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decommissioning - December 1994


uss dale cg 19 leahy class cruiser mayport florida

Naval Station Mayport, Florida - 1992


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Mk 10 missile launcher and reload system aboard USS Dale - 1990


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cg 19 uss dale leahy class guided missile cruiser

underway in the 1980ís or early 90ís


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underway in the 1980ís or early 90ís


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underway with USS Saratoga (CV 60) - 1984


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New York Harbor - July 1976


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off Roosevelt Roads,Puerto Rico - June 1975


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Caribbean Sea - July 1972


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off Bath, Maine - October 1971


uss dale dlg cg 19 leahy class cruiser

off Bath, Maine - October 1971


uss dale dlg cg 19 leahy class guided missile cruiser

off Bath, Maine - October 1971


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off Bath, Maine - October 1971


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Yellow Sea - April 1969


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USS Dale launches a RIM-2 Terrier missile off Point Mugu, California - April 1964


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New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, New Jersey - July 28, 1962


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ready for launching at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, New Jersey - July 27, 1962



Richard Dale


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Namesake & History:

Commodore Richard Dale (1756 - 1826):


Richard Dale, naval officer, was born near Norfolk, Virginia, on 6 November 1756; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 26 February 1826. He entered the merchant service at the age of twelve, and at nineteen commanded a ship. In 1776 he became a lieutenant in the Virginia navy, and was soon afterward captured and confined in a [British] prison ship at Norfolk, where some royalist school-mates persuaded him to embark on an English [naval] cruiser against the vessels of his state. He was wounded in an engagement with an American flotilla, and while confined to his bed in Norfolk, resolved "never again to put himself in the way of the bullets of his own countrymen."

After the Declaration of Independence [4 July 1776] he became a midshipman [the most junior naval commissioned officer rank - literally an officer trainee] on the American brig Lexington, which was captured on the coast of France by the English cutter [HMS] Alert in 1777. Dale was thrown into Mill prison, at Plymouth, with the rest of the officers and crew of the Lexington, on a charge of high treason, but escaped, with many of his fellow prisoners, in February 1778, was recaptured, escaped again, disguised as a British naval officer, and reached France, where he joined John Paul Jones's squadron as master's mate. Jones soon made him the first lieutenant of the Bonhomme Richard, and in that capacity he fought with distinction in the famous battle with the [HMS] Serapis, on 23 September 1779, and received a severe splinter wound [caused by large flying splinters of wood blasted out of the hull by enemy cannon shot]. After the sinking of the Bonhomme Richard in that engagement [with John Paul Jones and his crew capturing the Serapis], Dale served with Jones in the Alliance, and afterwards in the Ariel.

He returned to Philadelphia on 28 February 1781, and was placed on the list of lieutenants in the [Continental] navy, and joined the Trumbull, which was captured in August of that year by the [HMS] Iris and the [HMS] Monk. Dale received his third wound in the engagement. Dale was exchanged in November, obtained a leave of abscence, and served on letters of marque [this was a private ship authorized by its government in a "letter of marque" to act as a privateer and attack and capture enemy ships - this was often done by a government to augment its navy] and in the merchant service until the end of the war.

He was appointed captain in 1794, but with the exception of a short cruise in the Ganges, during the troubles with France, was not in active service until 1801, when he was given command of a sqadron and ordered to the Mediterranean during the hostitlities with Tripoli [due to Tripolitan pirates capturing American ships, enslving American seamen, and demanding tribute of the United States]. Although he was greatly hampered by his instructions, so that no serious enterprise could be attempted, he prevented the Tripolitans from making any captures [of American vessels] during his command.

He returned to the United States in April, 1802, and was again ordered to the Mediterranean, but, becoming dissatisfied, he resigned his commission on 17 December, and having gained a competency, spent the rest of his life in retirement.

Dale enjoyed the distiction of having been praised by [Admiral] Lord Nelson [British Royal Navy], who, after critically watching the seamanship of the commodore's squadron, said that there was in the handling of those trans-Atlantic ships a nucleus of trouble for the navy of Great Britain. The prediction was sson verified [in the War of 1812]. Two of Commodore Dale's soon held commissions in the [U.S.] Navy.
The U.S. Navy has named five ships in honor of Richard Dale, including: USS Dale (1840-1921); USS Dale (Destroyer # 4), 1902-1920; USS Dale (Destroyer # 290, later DD-290), 1920-1931; USS Dale (DD-353), 1935-1946; and USS Dale (DLG-19, later CG-19), 1963-2000.


USS Dale (DLG 19 / CG 19):


The fifth DALE (DLG-19/CG-19) was laid down by New York Shipbuilding Corporation, 6 September 1960; launched 28 July 1962; sponsored by Mrs. Daniel J. Flood, wife of Congressman Flood, Pennsylvania, 11th District; and commissioned 23 November 1963 at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Captain Robert R. Crutchfield USN, commanding.

Upon entering service she was assigned to the Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Force U.S. Pacific Fleet. As a unit of the Pacific Fleet, DALE made five deployments to the far-east for duty with the U.S. Seventh Fleet.

During these deployments, she operated in support of U.S. military operations in South Vietnam.

DALE was decommissioned on 10 November 1970 for modernization to increase flexibility in combat systems. A major portion of the modernization was the installation of the Naval Tactical Data Systems (NTDS) which provides real time communications and information displays to ship and force commanders. Upon recommissioning on 11 December 1971, DALE was assigned to Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, and homeported in Newport, Rhode Island.

DALE began her first Mediterranean Deployment in June 1973, participated in the multinational exercise "Swift Move" in northern European waters, and helped augment the Sixth Fleet during the October 1973 Arab-Israeli War.

In February 1974, DALE moved to her new homeport in Mayport, Florida. During 1974, DALE was selected as the operational platform for the newly deployed AN/SPS-49 two-dimensional air search radar, which took DALE to the Caribbean several times during 1974 and early 1975. On 30 June 1975 she was reclassified a guided missile cruiser (CG-19). In October 1975, DALE deployed again to the Mediterranean, participating successfully in several national and multinational exercises and earning praise from Commander, Sixth Fleet and Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe on her departure for home.

Returning to Mayport in May 1976, DALE participated in the international Naval Review in New York Harbor celebrating the Nation's Bicentennial on July 4, 1976. Then DALE began a regular twelve-month overhaul at Charleston Naval Shipyard which upgraded DALE'S NTDS and Missile Fire Control Systems. Upon completion of the overhaul, DALE returned to Mayport and made preparations for another Mediterranean deployment in June 1978. DALE again had a very successful deployment and returned to Mayport in February 1979 with many commendations from both military and civilian authorities. In September 1979, DALE deployed to the North Atlantic for two months to serve as the flagship for the Commander Striking Force Atlantic Fleet for the NATO exercise "Ocean Safari." In January and February 1980 DALE participated in the Atlantic Fleet Readiness Exercise "READEX 1-80". DALE deployed to the Mediterranean Sea in March 1980 and, as a unit of the Sixth Fleet, served as flag ship for Commander-Destroyer Group Eight. A highlight of this deployment was a visit to the Black Sea port of Constanta, Romania. DALE returned to Mayport in August 1980. The remainder of the year included two trips to the Caribbean for carrier support operations and participations in "COMPUTEX/ASWEX 1-81".

DALE entered Charleston Naval Shipyard in March 1981 to begin a Baseline Overhaul to update the ship's combat weapons systems and overhaul major engineering equipment. During the overhaul, which DALE completed a month early in February 1982, the 3"/50 caliber gun mounts were replaced with Harpoon missile systems, and the Phalanx Close-in Weapons Systems were added to the port and starboard sides.

DALE completed Refresher Training in June 1982, and since that time has been involved with her continual cycles of inspections, and underway exercise periods.

DALE was decommissioned and stricken from the Navy Register on 22 September 1994, then laid up with reserve fleet at Philadelphia PA.

In December 1999 she was towed to the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Training Facility ranges out of Naval Station Roosevelt Roads (NSRR), Puerto Rico, for use in the DD-21 Weapons Effect Test (WET). The WET program is designed to help the Navy and naval shipbuilders design ships with increased survivability against anti-ship missile attacks. This test involved two separate events.

On 17 December 1999, a 500 lb. WDU-40 SLAM-ER warhead was detonated in the aft portion of the ship. The DALE was located on the South Range, approximately 75 miles south of Roosevelt Roads. Then on 13 Jan 2000, F/A-18 pilots fired a tactical SLAM-ER and made a direct hit into the forward portion of the ship. SLAM-ER was chosen because of the missileís ability to precisely hit a pre-determined aimpoint on the ship. This event was off the North Range, approximately 160 miles north of Roosevelt Roads. For both tests, over 180 sensors were placed throughout the ship to measure the level of damage inflicted on the ship.

The missile was launched and controlled by Lt. Russ "Beacon" McCormack. Lt. Keith "Squishy" Henry and Lt. Scott "Squeeze" Topple flew in a second F/A-18 with a backup missile. All F/A-18 pilots were from the Weapons Test Squadron at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division, Pt. Mugu, California. Mid-course updates of the target ship location were transmitted to the missile while it was in flight. This SLAM-ER capability allows it to engage moving targets from long standoff ranges. SLAM-ER transmits infrared imagery that allows the pilots to lock-on the seeker.

After the test, DALE was cleared for tow back to NSRR by Naval Sea Systems Command, Salvage representatives. Once at NSRR the damaged area of the ship would be thoroughly studied and documented. NVR reports that she was expended as a target, 6 Apr 2000.




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