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USS SAVANNAH (CL-47) Brooklyn class in service 1938 to 1947 and placed in reserve until 1959.

 

Savannah conducted Neutrality Patrols (1941) and wartime patrols in the Atlantic and Caribbean (1942), and supported the invasion of French North Africa in Operation Torch (November 1942). She sought German-supporting blockade runners off the east coast of South America (1943), and supported the Allied landings on Sicily and at Salerno (1943). Off Salerno on 11 September 1943, a German radio-controlled Fritz X glide-bomb caused extensive casualties aboard and serious damage to Savannah, requiring emergency repairs in Malta and permanent repairs at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. After repairs and upgrades, she served in the task force that carried President Roosevelt to the Yalta Conference in early 1945.

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USS GRIDLEY (DLG/CG-21) Leahy class guided missile cruiser in service 1963 to 1994, "The World's Greatest Cruiser". Redesignated from DLG to CG in 1975, Vietnam (six stars), Cold War, Persian Gulf.

 

Purpose built as a Destroyer Leader (DLG) she was the Pacific Fleet flagship of Destroyer Squadron 19 (DESRON 19) at Long Beach, CA, The Greyhounds

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USS GRIDLEY (DLG/CG-21) Leahy class guided missile cruiser in service 1963 to 1994, "The World's Greatest Cruiser". Redesignated from DLG to CG in 1975, Vietnam (six stars), Cold War, Persian Gulf.



Purpose built as a Destroyer Leader (DLG) she was the Pacific Fleet flagship of Destroyer Squadron 19 (DESRON 19) at Long Beach, CA, The Greyhounds



Photo: USS Gridley (DLG 21) and USS Dewey (DLG 14) moored side by side in Subic Bay, Philippines in 1968, almost 70 years after their namesakes fought the battle of Manila Bay and destroyed the Spanish fleet. From the collection of Richard Crowe, navsource.com


DESRON 19 photo from my collection


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USS GRIDLEY (CG-21) Leahy class guided missile cruiser in service 1963 to 1994, "The World's Greatest Cruiser". Redesignated from DLG to CG in 1975, Vietnam (six stars), Cold War, Persian Gulf.

 

KITE (closed circuit) Shipboard Color TV, Japanese made

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USS GRIDLEY (CG-21) Leahy class guided missile cruiser in service 1963 to 1994, "The World's Greatest Cruiser". Redesignated from DLG to CG in 1975, Vietnam (six stars), Cold War, Persian Gulf.

 

Blue and Gold version of her patch unlike the typical red and gold version

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