This would be Hanson ' s third Mediterranean cruise. The turret remained unrepaired for the rest of the cruiser's service life. NEWPORT NEWS’ berthing and communications facilities were modified in the winter of 1962 to accomodate Commander Second Fleet and his staff. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information. Upon cancellation of the quarantine, NEWPORT NEWS returned to her homeport of Norfolk the day before Thanksgiving. O n 13 April 1972, the United States Ship Newport News steamed for the south pacific after only three days preparation. Photo by Bill Wolverton In early September 1957, NEWPORT NEWS was on station in the Eastern Mediterranean in preparation for any contingency during the Syrian crisis. Today former AP photographer and old friend and colleague Dang Van Phuoc gave me this photo of me taken on the bridge of the heavy cruiser USS Newport News during a daylight raid into Thanh Hoa Harbor in North Vietnam, May, 1972. Within a month after return to Norfolk, NEWPORT NEWS was underway on 22 October along with other units of the Atlantic Fleet for the Cuban Quarantine. When the Dominican Republic crisis of 1965 developed, NEWPORT NEWS sortied from Norfolk on 29 April for Santo Domingo, where she was flagship for Commander Joint Task Force 122. USS Newport News (SSN-750), a Los Angeles -class submarine, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Newport News, Virginia. He uses old 8mm film he took, and period music he selected, to tell this story. On October 1, 1972, an 8" gun in her number-two turret exploded, resulting in 19 men killed and 10 injured and the gun closed off. This is truly "a labor of love". After a one month steam run that took her thru the Panama Canal, to Pearl Harbor, Guam and Subic Bay, she finally arrived under the cover of darkness at the mouth of Haiphong Harbor in Viet Nam on 9 May 1972. - subic-1972.jpg Seaman Apprentice Stanley Pilot was one of the twenty dead. It was during such a mission that the cruiser suffered an explosion in turret B on 1 October. The ship provided gunfire support for amphibious landing forces throughout the next two days. Carr, Edward "austin" RM3: Apr 15, 1972 – Jun 16, 1975: CR From AO-146 Shipmate Tom Sparkman. At 0828 she moored starboard side to Berth 1, Terminal Maritime Pier. The cruiser USS NEWPORT NEWS (CA 148) fires a salvo off the coast of Vietnam in June 1972. As they were completing the mission, North Vietnamese patrol boats closed at high speed. Shipmate Luis Gonzalez Honors 20 Fallen Shipmates Lost in a Turret Explosion. The USS NEWPORT NEWS was moored port side to Pier 7, Berth 72, at the US Naval Station (NOB) Norfolk, her homeport, to start the New Year. She arrived at Norfolk 24 December, just in time for Christmas. Photo by CDR Al Cusick USN Ret. On this date, at about 01:00 while on a support mission off the coast of Vietnam, an explosion that tore through the center barrel of Gun Turret #2, killed 20 of our shipmates. USS NEWPORT NEWS - the last heavy cruiser built for the US Navy - was one of the DES MOINES - class heavy cruisers and the second ship in the Navy named after the city in Virginia. After anchoring in position, gunfire support commenced with Turret One and Mount 53. An eight inch projectile jammed inside the center barrel as it was being fired. The caused the turret to be retired. On 1 October 1972, one of Newport News’ 8-inch guns exploded, killing 20 Sailors and injuring numerous others. The full … NEWPORT NEWS departed La Guaira at 0801 for Cartagena, Colombia, arriving at 0800 on the 8th of March at which time she rendered a 21-gun salute. The accident represented the single largest loss to the bombardment squadron during the Vietnam War. USS NEWPORT NEWS spent her "twilight tour" homeported in Norfolk, and sailing to the North Atlantic, Caribbean, hosting diplomatic and ceremonial events, midshipman training and a final dependent's cruise. On October 1, 1972, an explosion aboard the USS NEWPORT NEWS killed 20 of our shipmates. Former crew members of the Newport News contribute time and resources to this site. She returned to Norfolk, where in June alterations were made to increase her combat capabilities. Seaman Apprentice Robert Moore Seaman Apprentice Stanley Pil… (A historical marker located in West Freemason in Norfolk, Virginia.) At 0840 ship moored port side to Bajo Seco Pier. The next day she departed VACATES operations area at 0820, to rendezvous with Task Group 28.5. Shipmate Luis Gonzalez Honors 20 Fallen Shipmates Lost in a Turret Explosion. With the assassination of General Trujillo and the resulting instability in Santo Domingo, NEWPORT NEWS was underway on short notice on 4 June 1961, and proceeded to a station in international waters off the Dominican Republic to await further orders. Photo by CDR Al Cusick USN Ret. West Pac 1972 The call to war - not totally unexpected. In the morning 300 Naval Academy cadets visited the ship. On the 24th NEWPORT NEWS replenished from the San Diego in the early daylight hours, and refueled/rearmed from USS DETROIT (AOE 4). One of USS Niagara Falls (AFS 3) helos vertreping USS Newport News (CA 148) in Aug/Sept 1972. USS NEWPORT NEWS served her country for 26 years, 4 months and 29 days, until decommissioned on 27 JUN 1975. She steamed 1,225 miles in 40.5 hours at an average speed of 31 knots, arriving on 3 March to provide medical and material aid. USS NEWPORT NEWS (CA-148) Crew Links. NEWPORT NEWS spent the first eighteen years sailing from the East Coast on routine and contingency deployments. By the 24th of January Operation Snowy Beach drew to a close, and NEWPORT NEWS departed the exercise area enroute to Norfolk at 1237, with USS GLENNON (DD840) and USS McCARD (DD822) in company. NEWPORT NEWS returned to Norfolk 31 October 1971. The first half of 1973 was again spent with training and operations off the US East Coast. Subsequently laid up at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, the cruiser was sold for scrapping 25 February 1993. Tom took this photo while alongside NN in Subic, 1972. Former crew members of the Newport News contribute time and resources to this site. Operations from 1963 through 1967 consisted primarily of NATO exercises in the North Atlantic, gunnery and amphibious exercises off the Eastern seaboard and Caribbean, and midshipman cruises. Seaman Apprentice Stanley Pilot was one of the twenty dead. On August 27, 1972, USS Newport News CA-148 and three other ships - USS Rowan DD-782, USS Providence CLG-6, and USS Robison DDG-12 - carried out a night time raid against heavily defended targets at the mouth of Haiphong Harbor. At 1424, the ship departed Norfolk enroute to San Juan, PR. It remained unrepaired for the rest of the cruiser's service life. 7TH Fleet, USS Newport News (CA-148) Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Panel 01W - Line 80 Kish Funeral Home October 1, 1972, On this date, at about 01:00 while on a support mission off the coast of Vietnam, an explosion that tore through the center barrel of Gun Turret #2, killed 20 of our shipmates. Seaman James J. Sansone was a crewmember assigned to USS Newport News on station in the Gulf of Tonkin offshore from the Demilitarized Zone in Vietnam. He uses old 8mm film he took, and period music he selected, to tell this story. NEWPORT NEWS arrived at Port of Spain and moored port side to Berth 6, King's Wharf at 0849. The explosion heavily damages the gun mount, kills 19 sailors and injures 10. NEWPORT NEWS will feature prominently in the new exhibit "Into the Lion's Den" being constructed for the Navy Museum's Cold War Gallery, at the Washington Navy Yard. An 8 inch projectile jammed in the center gun of Turret Two. Visiting the ports of Portsmouth; Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; and Lisbon, Portugal; the cruiser returned to Norfolk 8 November. On October 1, 1972, an explosion aboard the USS NEWPORT NEWS killed 20 of our shipmates. Admiral Charles K. Duncan, CINCLANTFLT; the Honorable Charles L. Ill, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Logistics); and the Honorable Dudley C. Mecum, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations and Logistics) came aboard after the rearming/refueling and remained until heloed off in the afternoon. 1972. Information One of USS Niagara Falls (AFS 3) helos vertreping USS Newport News (CA 148) in Aug/Sept 1972. It was more fire than we had received during Song Than 6-72." (Niagara Falls Gunnery as well as Flight Deck Officer) Seaman Apprentice Stanley Pilot was one of the twenty dead. Seaman Apprentice Stanley Pilot was one of the twenty dead. Her ability to adjust her draft, accompanied by her unique bow-ramp design, helped bring a new degree of responsiveness to the amphibious fleet. On 6 January 1950, Hanson in convoy with elements of the Sixth Fleet, including Midway, at least two cruisers Newport News was one), twelve destroyers in all, including the Power and support auxiliaries, headed across the Atlantic. Carr, Edward "austin" RM3: Apr 15, 1972 – Jun 16, 1975: CR Waters, Stephen: BT2: Apr 1972 – Oct 1972: B Div. Photo: USN 1141898. The turret remained unrepaired for the rest of the cruiser's service life. On 11MAR NEWPORT NEWS departed Cartagena at 0855 for Guantanamo Bay. (Niagara Falls Gunnery as well as Flight Deck Officer) - vertrep 1972.jpg Vietnam Battle of Haiphong Harbor In spite of the furious barrage of salvoes from her 8-inch main battery, the USS Newport News(CA-148), flying the flag of commander, Seventh Fleet, appeared to be trapped in the approaches to Hai- phong Harbor. (Twenty-nine January is the official anniversary of Newport News.) From January to June 1970, NEWPORT NEWS was overhauled at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and after completion of the yard period embarked Commander 3rd Fleet. NEWPORT NEWS remained on station off Santo Domingo until 7 May 1965 when JTF 122 was dissolved, and command was shifted to the Army ashore in the Dominican Republic. USS Newport News Home Page The Official site of the USS Newport News. In March 1960, while steaming 75 miles northeast of Sicily, NEWPORT NEWS was ordered to proceed to Agadir, Morocco, to render assistance to the survivors of that earthquake shattered city. Seaman Apprentice Herman Carol Acker Seaman Jack Stephen Bergman Jr. Boatswain’s Mate Third Class William Clark Jr. Gunner’s Mate Third Class Charles Wayne Clinard Seaman Apprentice Ronald Paul Daley Seaman Recruit Raymond Rance Davis Seaman Terry Wayne Deal Seaman Joseph Grisafi Seaman Apprentice William Harrison III Gunner’s Mate Second Class Tommy Hawker Seaman Apprentice Robert Kikkert Seaman Edward McEleney Jr. Visitors to COMSECONDFLT during the day included Rear Admiral Jairo Mantilla; Captain H. Calderon; The Honorable Aivado de Zubiria, Governor of Bolivar; The Honorable Enrique Zurek, Mayor of Cartagen; and the Honorable Leonard J. Saccio, US Ambassador to Colombia. Now her strength served well in war during the following months in providing interdiction fire north of the Demilitarized Zone and naval gunfire support for American allied troops in South Vietnam. The USS NEWPORT NEWS (CA-148), a Des Moines-class heavy cruiser, was commissioned on 29 JAN 1949. Haiphong Harbor An intrusion into the mouth of the enemy. As they were completing the mission, North Vietnamese patrol boats closed at high speed. The following day NEWPORT NEWS arrived in San Juan and moored port side to Fernandez Juncos Federal Quay at 0853. USS Newport News returned to Norfolk before 1973, concluding her tour in Vietnam waters. On 26JAN she arrived Norfolk and moored at Pier 7 at 1538. On 1 September 1967, Commander Second Fleet shifted his flag to SPRINGFIELD (CLG 7), and NEWPORT NEWS departed Norfolk 5 September for a six month deployment to South East Asia. Crew List:This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS NEWPORT NEWS. on October 1, 1972. Newport News received the Battle Efficiency "E" for CIC/Operations for Fiscal Year 1972. The explosion heavily damages the gun mount, kills 19 sailors and injures 10. Subj: USS NEWPORT NEWS (CA-148) Turret Explosion, 1 October 1972. For the next month, acting as flagship for ComSecondFlt, NEWPORT NEWS was on station northeast of Cuba. U.S. Navy Photograph #1151898. On the 21st the USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CVA 42) joined the TG. On the 18th of January the NEWPORT NEWS departed Norfolk for the Virginia Capes for gunnery exercises. In the late afternoon, rendezvous with TG 28.5 was effected and NEWPORT NEWS sailed for Operation SNOWY BEACH, off the coast of Maine. The Official site of the USS Newport News. NEWPORT NEWS departed San Juan for gunnery exercises of Sonda Des Vieques on 22Feb. While enroute to San Juan, in the afternoon of Feb. 18th, an unusual and unique achievement for NEWPORT NEWS and the US Navy was accomplished. Arriving Da Nang, South Vietnam, on the morning of 9 October, she became the flagship of ComCruDesFlot 3. West Pac 1972 The call to war - not totally unexpected. The warship was decommissioned on June 27th, 1975 … HullNumber.com's mission is to provide a means for shipmates to keep in touch with one another. Full power trials were successfully complete enroute. USS NEWPORT NEWS (CA-148) Crew Links. Waters, Stephen: BT2: Apr 1972 – Oct 1972: B Div. 1972 – 1975: M: I reported onboard the USS Newport News in 1972.The ship went to some deployments after returning from Vietnam in the late 1972 NATO cruise, Caribbean cruise and Local Ops.I was a member of the decomi crew in 1975. 1972 – 1975: M: I reported onboard the USS Newport News in 1972.The ship went to some deployments after returning from Vietnam in the late 1972 NATO cruise, Caribbean cruise and Local Ops.I was a member of the decomi crew in 1975. History of USS NEWPORT NEWS: She visited the already familiar ports of Oslo, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Portsmouth, and Lisbon before returning home to Norfolk 30 October 1974. Utilizing only onboard equipment, NEWPORT NEWS successfully conducted refueling operation with the SS Erna Elizabeth. Jun 2, 2012 - USS Newport News CA-148 Heavy Cruiser. For years her powerful guns had served as a major force to keep the peace. NEWPORT NEWS was decommissioned at her homeport of Norfolk on 27 June 1975. NEWPORT NEWS will feature prominently in the new exhibit "Into the Lion's Den" being constructed for the Navy Museum's Cold War Gallery, at the Washington Navy Yard. The remainder of the year was spent with local operation off the US East Coast. On October 1, 1972, an explosion aboard the USS NEWPORT NEWS killed 20 of our shipmates. The Leap Year Day guests joining VADM De Poix, Commander SECOND FLEET were: On the 13th final preparations for the deployment were made.Third Vietnam TourNewport News in Harms Way AgainProceed to 1973HOME. On September 10, 1972 at 8:47 a.m., Seaman Sansone was seen to fall overboard from the outboard hatch of a 5"/ 38-gun mount. Routine operations continued until September 1974, when NEWPORT NEWS was again underway in northern Europe. The full memorial is on the USS NEWPORT NEWS … That night, at 2300, she fired her eight inch guns for the first time in anger against shore targets in North Vietnam as part of “operation Sea Dragon”. Several training initiatives and friendly port stops were had involving her during her later years. This is truly "a labor of love". The Navy said the heavy cruiser Newport News turned its guns on them, sinking one of them. This began an upkeep period that lasted until the 10th of April(on the 5th the Inspector General of the Marine Corps inspected the Marine Detachment), when NEWPORT NEWS received orders to proceed to Southeast Asia when ready for sea. Seaman Apprentice Stanley Pilot was one of the twenty dead. HullNumber.com's mission is to provide a means for shipmates to keep in touch with one another. On October 1, 1972, an explosion aboard the USS NEWPORT NEWS killed 20 of our shipmates. CO NEWPORT NEWS was the Officer in tactical command of the three ships. At 0913 NEWPORT NEWS departed Port of Spain for the overnight trip to La Guaira, Venezuela. She headed for the Puerto Rican Operational Area Foxtrot on the 25th and left for Port of Spain, Trinidad on the 26th. USS Newport News (CA 148) opens fire with her 8-inch/55 caliber main guns on targets in Vietnam in 1972. It was almost midnight on 27 August 1972, and three North Vietnamese torpedo boats had used the cover of darkness and the karst islands of the Dao Cat Ba archipelago to ambush the heavy cruiser. Operations from 1963 through 1967 consisted primarily of NATO exercises in the North Atlantic, gunnery and amphibious exercises off the Eastern seaboard and Caribbean, and midshipman cruises. Holiday leave and upkeep was the routine and COMSECONDFLT was embarked. NEWPORT NEWS deployed three times to Vietnam, providing air defense and shore bombardment for the American effort. The occasion marked the 24th commissioning anniversary of Newport News. In addition to annual deployments to the Mediterranean from 1950 to 1961 for duty with the Sixth Fleet, she participated in major fleet exercises and midshipman training cruises in the Caribbean and Western Atlantic. Decommissioned on June 6, 1975, the NEWPORT NEWS spent the following years laid up at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Penn. After port visits to Guam and Subic Bay, the NEWPORT NEWS arrived off the Vietnam coast and engaged in naval gunfire support operations. The full memorial is on the USS NEWPORT NEWS … Phouc and I had been lowered by a rope onto the deck of the ship by helicopter. During this three day port call NEWPORT NEWS was visited by 146 general visitors and 300 cadets and midshipman. The first two months of 1972 were spent with WestLant Operations before departing for the Far East via Venezuela, Columbia and the Panama Canal. When the Soviet MRBM’s were dismantled and removed from Cuba, she assisted in the missile count. Late in the afternoon NEWPORT NEWS again rearmed from the Detroit. 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