: June 17, 1963
: December 19, 1964
: December 19, 1964
: May 27, 1967
: September 11, 1995
: New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ
: two D2G General Electric nuclear reactors
: 564 feet (172 meters)
: 57,7 feet (17.6 meters)
: 30,8 feet (9.4 meters)
: approx. 9,150 tons full load
: 30+ knots
: one SH-2 Seasprite (LAMPS) helicopter
: two Mk-141 Harpoon missile launchers, Mk-46 torpedoes, one Mk-42
5-inch/54 caliber lightweight gun, two 20mm Phalanx (CIWS), four machine guns,
one Mk-10 Mod. 8 missile launcher for Standard missiles (ER) and ASROC
: SPS-48 3D Air Search Radar, SPS-40 Air Search Radar,
SPS-67 Surface Search Radar, SQQ-26 Sonar, (1) Mk 14 Weapon Direction System,
(4) Mk 76 Missile Fire Control Systems, (1) Mk 86 Gun Fire Control System,
(1) Mk 114 ASW Fire Control System, (2) SPG-55 Radars, SLQ-25 Nixie, SLQ-32
: 37 Officers, 530 Enlisted
Items of Note
USS TRUXTUN was the first and only ship in the nuclear TRUXTUN class and the
fourth nuclear powered surface vessel commissioned by the Navy.
TRUXTUN made history in 1971 by becoming the first nuclear powered surface ship
to visit Yokosuka, Japan.
The ship was initially homeported in Long Beach, CA, then later in San Diego,
History of USS TRUXTUN:
The keel for USS TRUXTUN (DLGN-35) was laid 17 June 1963 at New York
Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey. USS TRUXTUN was christened on 19
December 1964 by Commodore Truxtun's great-granddaughter, Mrs. Kirby H. Tappan,
and her niece, Mrs. Scott Umsted. VADM Hyman G. Rickover and Californina
Congressman Chet Holifield were also in attendance. On 27 May 1967 USS TRUXTUN
was commissioned as the nation's fourth nuclear-powered surface ship following
USS BAINBRIDGE (CGN-25), USS LONG BEACH (CGN-9) and USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65).
Shortly after commissioning, USS TRUXTUN departed Camden, New Jersey on 3 June
1967 for her maiden transit to the West Coast and her new homeport of Long
Beach and later to San Diego, California. TRUXTUN's voyage around Cape Horn
included port visits to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mar de Plata, Argentina,
Valparaiso, Chile and Mazatlan, Mexico.
From January 1968 to August 1973 USS TRUXTUN made four Western Pacific
deployments. TRUXTUN was one of the first ships to respond to the USS PUEBLO
emergency. TRUXTUN served primarily as PIRAZ (Positive Identification Radar
Advisory Zone) for Task Force 77 in the Gulf of Tonkin. TRUXTUN was tasked to
ensure safety and flight tracking services for U.S. strike aircraft as well as
maintain constant radar surveillance of the area providing air defense against
enemy aircraft during LINEBACKER II operations. In 1969 USS TRUXTUN was awarded
the Navy Unit Commendation for superior performance while operating with the
U.S. Seventh Fleet and in 1971 she received the Meritorious Unit Commendation
for operations conducted in the Gulf of Tonkin.
USS TRUXTUN made history in 1971 by becoming the first nuclear powered surface
ship to visit Yokosuka, Japan. She also conducted her 1000th accident free
helicopter landing that year. During the 1971 cruise TRUXTUN demonstrated the
unique capabilities of nuclear powered cruisers to perform independent
operations: assigned to a special mission in the Indian Ocean, USS TRUXTUN made
the longest sustained high-speed run in history by steaming 8,600 miles at an
average speed of 29 knots from Subic Bay, Philippines to Perth, Australia.
In October 1972, while on her fourth WESTPAC deployment, USS TRUXTUN reassumed
duties as PIRAZ in the very familiar Gulf of Tonkin. Operating primarily off
the coast of North Vietnam, TRUXTUN was credited with directing fighter
intercepts which resulted in the destruction of eleven North Vietnames MIG jets
and rescue of three downed American pilots, earning the ship her second Navy
In July 1973 TRUXTUN deployed for her fifth WESTPAC and reassumed duties as
PIRAZ in the very familiar Gulf of Tonkin. In December 1973 TRUXTUN was the
last ship out of the Gulf of Tonkin as the US active participation in Vietnam
came to an end. TRUXTUN returned to her home port, Long Beach, California,
Christmas eve 1973.
From February 1974 to June 1975 TRUXTUN underwent her first comprehensive
overhaul and nuclear refueling at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton,
Washington. Upon completion of overhaul USS TRUXTUN (DLGN-35) was redesignated
as a Nuclear Guided Missile Cruiser (CGN).
In July 1976 USS TRUXTUN began a highly successful sixth WESTPAC deployment
during which she steamed a record setting 65,000 miles, making three round
trips across the equator including one at the International Date Line. TRUXTUN
also gained worldwide media recognition as the first nuclear powered warship to
visit New Zealand in twelve years and the first to visit Australia in four
In 1978 USS TRUXTUN again deployed to the Western Pacific as part of a Nuclear
Powered Task Group with USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) and USS LONG BEACH (CGN-9).
TRUXTUN participated in numerous multi-national exercises and conducted three
separate rescue-at-sea missions. With her helicopter detachment embarked,
TRUXTUN set a record for all Seventh Fleet cruisers and destroyers for LAMPS
helicopter operations and flight hours.
From February to October 1980 USS TRUXTUN deployed with the USS CONSTELLATION
Battle Group for her eighth WESTPAC. TRUXTUN remained underway in the Indian
Ocean and Arabian Sea for over 110 days without visiting a port other than the
tiny island of Diego Garcia.
For her ninth WESTPAC from October 1981 to April 1982, USS TRUXTUN deployed
again to the Indian Ocean with the USS CONSTELLATION Battle Group. During this
cruise TRUXTUN escorted USS PUFFER (SSN-652) past Singapore and into the Indian
Ocean. This was the first time that a U.S. nuclear submarine had made the
transit through the Strait of Malacca.
From September 1982 to July 1984 USS TRUXTUN underwent her final complex
overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard which included upgrading the combat
system suite to its present configuration.
On 15 January 1986 USS TRUXTUN left on her tenth WESTPAC, this time serving as
the Anti-Air Warfare Commander for Battle Group FOXTROT. In April, because of
increased tension in Libya and the Gulf of Sidra, USS TRUXTUN was diverted to
the Mediterranean along with USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) and USS ARKANSAS (CGN-41).
After almost two months of operations in the Mediterranean, the three Nuclear
Powered ships were directed home by way of Gibraltar, the Cape of Good Hope,
Western Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii. By the end of the seven month
depoyment the all nuclear group had steamed over 65,000 miles and operated in
all four numbered U.S. Fleets.
On 26 October 1987 USS TRUXTUN deployed with Battle Group FOXTROT on her first
Northern Pacific deployment and participated in one of the largest Surface
Action Group exercises ever massed. TRUXTUN again deployed with Battle Group
FOXTROT in January 1988 for her 11th Western Pacific-Middle East deployment.
TRUXTUN also participated in Operation PRAYING MANTIS. This cruise earned
TRUXTUN the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and her second Meritorious Unit
Commendation. Upon return from deployment, TRUXTUN spent 9 months in Puget
Sound Naval Shipyard undergoing a Drydocking Selective Restricted Availability.
On 1 October 1989 TRUXTUN's homeport was shifted to Bremerton, Washington.
On 1 February 1990 TRUXTUN deployed with the USS CARL VINSON in Battle Group
Charlie. The Battle Group participated in TEAM SPIRIT 1990 with U.S. Marines
and forces from the Republic of Korea. Later during the same cruise while in
the Gulf of Oman, TRUXTUN was tasked with escorting re-flagged Kuwaiti oil
tankers in Operation EARNEST WILL.
USS TRUXTUN departed Bremerton for her 13th WESTPAC and a Middle East
deployment on 16 August 1991. TRUXTUN performed duties as the Arabian Gulf
Anti-Air Warfare Commander, Force Track Coordinator, Electronic Warfare
Commander and alternate Anti-Surface Warfare Commander during Operation DESERT
STORM. TRUXTUN also served as the Commander, United States Mine Counter-Measure
Group One flagship during minesweeping operations off the coastal waters of
After a short upkeep period in Bremerton, TRUXTUN began a two month
Counter-Narcotic mini-deployment off the coasts of Mexico and Central America
which ended in June 1992.
From 12 February 1993 to 1 August 1993 TRUXTUN was underway for her 14th and
final WESTPAC. On 19 February she began a high speed independent transit from
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to Melbourne, Australia covering 7,180 miles in 11 days at
an average speed of 25 knots. On 21 March TRUXTUN rendezvoused with USS NIMITZ
Battle Group in the Indian Ocean and transited the Strait of Hormuz. While
operating in the Gulf TRUXTUN conducted several multi-national force exercises
including operations with the Kuwaiti Air Force. On 22 April TRUXTUN was
detached from Battle Group operations and proceeded to the Red Sea to enforce
United Nations Security Council sanctions against Iraq by boarding vessels
bound for the Jordanian port of Aqaba. Utilizing two teams, USS TRUXTUN queried
126 merchant vessels, boarded 73 and diverted seven ships.
In 1994 USS TRUXTUN was the platform of choice for a variety of missions which
included participation as opposition forces for fleet exercises, providing
Naval Gunfire Support spotter services and being Deck Landing Qualification
platform for LAMPS helicopters. TRUXTUN also served as the escort ship for USS
RECLAIMER who towed a defueled nuclear submarine. She participated in two Chief
of Naval Operations projects off the coast of San Francisco and conducted
shipboard training at every opportunity. From 23 May to 17 June TRUXTUN served
as Coalition Forces flagship for CTF 331 during the highly successful RIMPAC 94
On 18 August 1994 USS TRUXTUN departed Bremerton on her final operational
commitment. Originally assigned to escort the tow ship's for two defueled
nuclear submarines from Rodman, Panama to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the
orders were changed on short notice and TRUXTUN chopped to Commander, Joint
Task Force Four to conduct Counter-Narcotic operations for a second tour in the
"War on Drugs". On 3 September TRUXTUN transited the Panama Canal for the first
time in her history and began patrolling the Caribbean Sea.
On 14 October 1994 and purely by a twist of historical coincidence, USS TRUXTUN
sailed the same waters in the southern Caribbean Sea where the CONSTELLATION,
under the command of Commodore Truxtun, had dueled with LA VENGEANCE almost 200
years earlier. The dates had changed, the ships had changed, the mission had
changed, but the TRUXTUN crew's commitment to
"ARS NAVIGANDI - FIDELITAS - IMPERIUM
had not and will not change.
On 11 September 1995 Truxtun was decommissioned and was stricken from the Naval
Vessel Register the same day. She was dissassembled at Bremerton Naval
Shipyard and scrapped.
The meaning behind the elements of the insignia above
- The crossed cutlass and missile allude to the ships named Truxtun spanning
time from the days of sail and cutlass to those of nuclear propulsion and
- The five electrons orbiting the globe, to the five Truxtuns that were part
of the U.S. Navy.
- The single star symbolizes the rank of Commodore Truxtun.
- The motto, expresses the standards and achievment of Thomas Truxtun:
Seamanship - Loyalty - Command.
If you would like to see an example of Loyalty, click on this minature Truxtun