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A crewman plots a chart in the Combat Information Center (CIC) of a guided missile cruiser

An aerial stern view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) underway behind a guided missile cruiser

An aerial view of the harbor with docked ships including the guided missile cruiser US STERETT (CG-31), the destroyer USS INGERSOLL (DD-990), next to the STERETT, the oilers USNS NAVASOTA (T-AO-106) and USNS MISPILLION (T-AO-105), astern of the STERETT, the guided missile cruiser USS HALSEY (CG-23) and the destroyer USS O'BRIEN (DD-975)

A starboard beam view of the Soviet Kresta II class guided missile cruiser Admiral Makarov underway. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

A port quarter view of a Soviet Kara Class guided missile cruiser underway

Aerial starboard beam view of a Soviet Kirov class nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser underway

A port bow view of a Soviet Kara class guided missile cruiser underway

Aerial starboard beam view of a Soviet Kara class guided missile cruiser underway

A port quarter view of a Soviet Kynda class guided missile cruiser

Crewmen from the USS FOX (CG-33) prepare to hoist a female Vietnamese refugee aboard the guided missile cruiser

A view of a Soviet A Kresta II class guided missile cruiser and KRIVAK II class missile frigate replenish from a Soviet oiler

An elevated port bow view of a Soviet Kresta II class guided missile cruiser underway. (SUBSTANDARD)

One of the four-phase array radar antennas being installed aboard an Aegis guided missile cruiser at Ingalls Shipbuilders

A young lady wearing a USS TICONDEROGA (CG-47) cap attends commissioning ceremonies for the first Aegis guided missile cruiser taking place at Ingalls Shipbuilding

An aerial starboard beam view of the Soviet Kresta II-class guided missile cruiser taken from a P-3 Orion patrol aircraft approximately 750 miles west of Midway Island. The cruiser is operating with nine other Soviet ships and is moving in a northeasterly direction. This is the largest Soviet task force to enter Central Pacific waters

An aerial port quarter view of a Soviet Kresta II-class guided missile cruiser taken from a P-3 Orion patrol aircraft approximately 750 miles west of Midway Island. The cruiser is operating with nine other Soviet ships and is moving in a northeasterly direction. This is the largest Soviet task force to enter Central Pacific waters

A view of the keel laying for the Ticonderoga class AEGIS guided missile cruiser (CG-50)

Two members of the bridge intelligence unit aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) photograph a passing US Navy Belknap class guided missile cruiser

Aerial starboard view of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) moored at Naval Air Station, Alameda. Also visible is a Virginia class nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser

A view of the stern of a Soviet Kara class guided missile cruiser which is shadowing salvage operations for downed Korean Air Lines Flight 007 (KAL 007). The commercial jet was shot down by Soviet aircraft over Sakhalin Island in the Sea of Japan on August 30, 1983. All 269 passengers and crewmen were killed

A view of the Aegis Guided Missile Cruiser (CG 52) during its keel laying

An aerial port beam view of the Soviet Kara-class guided missile cruiser underway

An aerial starboard view of, front to back, left side: the guided missile cruiser USS TICONDEROGA (CG-47), the fast combat ship USS DETROIT (AOE-4), the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67), the salvage ship USS HOIST (ARS-40) and a Knox Class frigate. Right side is the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) and a Leahy Class guided missile cruiser

An aerial port quarter view of a Soviet "Kara" class guided missile cruiser underway in the operating area of the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) Task Group

A starboard quarter view of a Soviet "Kara" class guided missile cruiser underway in the operating area of the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) Task Group

An aerial port quarter view of a Soviet "Kara" class guided missile cruiser underway in the operating area of the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) Task Group

Kirov class guided missile cruiser. Courtesy of Soviet Military Power, 1984. PHOTO No. 104, page 96, top

Kara class guided missile cruiser. Courtesy of Soviet Military Power, 1984. PHOTO No. 68, page 66

Slava class guided missile cruiser. Courtesy of Soviet Military Power, 1984. PHOTO No. 107, page 96, bottom

The keel laying for the Aegis guided missile cruiser (CG 53). Participating in the ceremony, left to right, are Lieutenant Commander Steiro, Captain B. Ireland, Captain G. W. Dowell III, F. A. Burger, Captain W. Szczypinski, J. A. Coon, E. Clark, S. Swanson and P. Jarvis

The keel laying for the Aegis guided missile cruiser (CG 53)

Starboard bow view of USS YORKTOWN (CG 48) and seated guests attending the commissioning ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser

The crew of the USS YORKTOWN (CG 48) crosses the deck as they man the ship during the commissioning ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser

An elevated port beam view of a Soviet Slava class guided missile cruiser

The destroyer USS JOHN YOUNG (DD 973), foreground, screens a Soviet Kara class guided missile cruiser during operations with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

The destroyer USS JOHN YOUNG (DD 973), foreground, screens a Soviet Kara class guided missile cruiser during operations with the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70)

Crewmen assemble for Mass on the helicopter deck of a guided missile cruiser

An aerial starboard bow view of a Soviet Kresta II class guided missile cruiser taken from a P-3 Orion patrol aircraft approximately 750 miles west of Midway Island. The cruiser is operating with nine other Soviet ships and is moving in a northeasterly direction. This is the largest Soviet task force to enter Central Pacific waters

Aerial starboard quarter view of a Soviet Slava-class guided missile cruiser underway. From the Soviet Military Power 1985

An aerial starboard close-up view of a Soviet Kara class guided missile cruiser underway. From Soviet Military Power 1985

Crew members display a painting of the the guided USS VINCENNES (CG-49) and three previous ships bearing the name VINCENNES during the guided missile cruiser's commissioning. The painting is a gift from Sponsor Marily Quale

A starboard bow view of the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53) being moved from a drydock to an outfitting dock after its commissioning ceremony. The ship is assisted by the tugboats JANET COLLE (left) and MABEL COLLE (right)

An elevated port beam view of a Soviet Kynda class guided missile cruiser underway

An elevated port amidships view of a Soviet Kynda class guided missile cruiser underway

Soviet twin 130 mm dual purpose gun aboard a Soviet Salva class guided missile cruiser. (SUBSTANDARD)

Sen J. Denton Jr., R-Ala., speaks at the christening of the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53). Behind him are (L-R): Rear Adm. W. Meyer, deputy commander, Combat Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command; CAPT. G. Dowell III, supervisor of shipbuilding, conversion, and repair; Commodore J. Shaw, program manager, Aegis Shipbuilding, Naval Sea Systems Command; Vice Adm. J. Metcalf III, deputy chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare; Mr. Knecht,; Mr. J. St. Pe`; Jane Denton, sponsor; M. McPhillips, matron of honor; and Archbishop O. Lipscomb

Mrs. Jane M. Denton, sponsor (center) speaks during the christening ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53). She is accompanied by Mrs. Madeleine M. McPhillips, matron of honor (left), and Miss Mary Elizabeth Denton, maid of honor

Mr. Jerry St. Pe', president of Ingalls Shipbuilding, speaks during the christening ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53)

Mrs. J. Denton, sponsor, breaks champagne across the bow of the guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53). Looking on are (L-R): Sen. J. Denton Jr., R-Als., Mr. J. St. Pe', president of Ingalls Shipbuilding; M. Denton, maid of honor; Mrs. M. McPhillips, matron of honor; Vice Adm. J. Metcalf III, deputy chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare; Rear Adm. W. Meyer, deputy commander, Combat Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command; and Commodore J. Shaw, program manager, Aegis Shipbuilding, Naval Sea Systems Command

Vice Adm. Joseph Metcalf III, deputy chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare, speaks during the christening ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53)

Mrs. Jane M. Denton, sponsor, and Sen. Jermiah H. Denton Jr., R-Ala., principal speaker, stand during the christening ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53)

Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb gives the invocation during the christening ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53)

With her husband, Sen. Jeremiah A. Denton Jr. (R-Als.), lending a hand, Mrs. Jane Maury Denton smashes the traditional champagne bottle across the bow of the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53), during the ship's christening. Applauding the couple are Mary Elizabeth Denton (right), maid of honor, and Jerry St. Pe` (second from right), Vice President of Litton and President of Ingalls Shipbuilding

A starboard bow view of the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53) and guests attending the ships christening ceremony

Commodore John F. Shaw, program manager, Aegis Shipbuilding, Naval Sea Systems Command, speaks during the christening ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53)

Members of the christening party attending the ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53) are (L-R): Mr. J. St. Pe'; Sen. J. Denton Jr., R-Ala., Miss E. Denton, maid of honor; Archbishop O. Lipscomb; Rear Adm. W. Meyer, deputy commander, Combat Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command; Mrs. M. McPhillips, matron of honor; Vice Adm. J. Metcalf III, deputy chief of Naval Operations, Surface Warfare; Commodore J. Shaw, program manager, Aegis Shipbuilding, Naval Sea Systems Command; and Capt. F. Whalen, prospective commanding officer of the MOBILE BAY

CAPT. George W. Dowell III, supervisor of shipbuilding, conversion, and repair, Pascagoula, speaks during the christening ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53)

A joint Navy and Marine honor guard participates in the christening ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53). They are armed with M-14 rifles. Behind them is Rear Adm. W. Meyer, deputy commander, Combat Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command, (left) and Sen. Jeremiah Denton Jr., R-Ala., (center)

Sen. Jeremiah H. Denton Jr., R-Ala., delivers the principal address during the christening ceremony for the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-53)

An aerial starboard bow view of a Soviet Slava class guided missile cruiser underway

An aerial starboard bow view of a Soviet Kresta II class guided missile cruiser

Aerial starboard quarter view of the Soviet replenishment oiler BEREZINA (center), simultaneously refueling the aircraft carrier KIEV (left), a Kresta II class guided missile cruiser (right), and a Mod Kashin class guided missile destroyer (behind). (SUBSTANDARD)

Aerial port quarter view of a Dubna class replenishment tanker, (right) refueling a Kresta II class guided missile cruiser while underway

An aerial port quarter view of a Soviet Slava class guided missile cruiser underway

An aerial starboard view of the bow section of a Soviet Slava class guided missile cruiser showing 16 SS-N-12 missiles, a twin 130 mm dual purpose gun, and two 30 mm gatling guns

A port bow view of a Soviet Kynda class guided missile cruiser underway

Starboard bow view of the Aegis guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG_53)being moved to an out fitting pier by the tubboat MABEL COLLE. In the background is the Aegis guided missile cruiser BUNKER HILL (CG-52)

A starboard quarter view of the Soviet aircraft carrier NOVOROSSIYSK (CVHG) being replenished by a Boris Chilikin class oiler. A Kresta II class guided missile cruiser is following behind

An aerial starboard bow view of a Soviet Sovremenny class guided missile cruiser underway

CAPT. T.C. Lockhart, commanding officer of the guided missile cruiser of USS VALLEY FORGE (CG-50), speaks during the ship's commissioning ceremony

An elevated starboard view of the Soviet Kresta I class guided missile cruiser underway. (SUBSTANDARD)

An elevated port bow view of a Soviet Kresta II class guided missile cruiser underway

A port bow view of a Soviet Kirov class nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser underway

A starboard quarter view of a Soviet Kresta II Class guided missile cruiser underway

A port bow view of a Soviet Kresta II Class guided missile cruiser underway

A starboard bow view of Soviet Kresta I class guided missile cruiser

An amidships view of electronic countermeasures gear aboard a Soviet Kara class guided missile cruiser

A starboard quarter view of the aft section of the Soviet Kirov class nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser

A starboard bow view of a Soviet Kirov Class nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser. (Soviet Military Power, 1987)

A starboard view of the Soviet Kresta II class guided missile cruiser underway in the Baltic Sea

A Soviet Ka-25 Hormone helicopter on the deck of a Kirov class nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser

The tug NONIE assists the guided missile cruiser MOBILE BAY (CG-52) to a berth at the Alabama State Docks. While en route from Pascagoula, Miss., to Mobile for commissioning, the ship retraced the route taken by Federal ships during the Battle of Mobile Bay fought during the Civil War

A silhouetted view of a Belknap class guided missile cruiser underway alongside the amphibious assault ship USS TRIPOLI (LPH 10). A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter is parked in the foreground

A view of an RIM-67B Standard (SM-2ER) surface-to-air missile on its launch platform aboard a guided missile cruiser

A vertical view of the stern section of a Soviet Kresta II class guided missile cruiser underway. A Ka-25 Hormone helicopter is parked on the helipad

Officers and crew aboard a guided missile cruiser watch as their ship passes the Guided Missile Cruiser USS GRIDLEY (CG 21). The ship in the foreground has two RIM-67 Standard missiles mounted on its forward twin Mark 10 missile launcher

Crewmen move about the deck of a guided missile cruiser as tug boats help the ship to maneuver through the harbor. Two RIM-67 Standard missiles are mounted on the ship's forward twin Mark 10 missile launcher. Tied up at the pier behind the ship is the Guided Missile Cruiser USS GRIDLEY (CG 21)

A U.S. Navy vertical launch missile is test fired from a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser

A port quarter view of the Soviet Kirov Class Nuclear-powered Guided Missile Cruiser underway

Crew members man the rails of the guided missile cruiser (CG-49) as a commercial tugboat sprays water to herald the ship's return to San Diego

A port bow view of the Soviet Kresta II class guided missile cruiser Admiral Yumashev underway

Aerial overhead view of the first nuclear-powered cruiser and first large combatant ship, the US Navy (USN) Guided Missile Cruiser (Nuclear-Propulsion), USS LONG BEACH (CGN 9), underway at sea

Aerial starboard stern view of the first nuclear-powered cruiser and first large combatant ship, the US Navy (USN) Guided Missile Cruiser (Nuclear-Propulsion), USS LONG BEACH (CGN 9), underway at sea

Aerial starboard view of the first nuclear-powered cruiser and first large combatant ship, the US Navy (USN) Guided Missile Cruiser (Nuclear-Propulsion), USS LONG BEACH (CGN 9), underway at sea

A Soviet musician plays the accordion in a concert given during a five-day goodwill visit by the Soviet ships MARSHAL USTINOV (CG 088), a guided missile cruiser; OTLICHNYY (DDG 434) a guided missile destroyer; and GENRIKH GASANOV, a Replenishment Oiler. This visit is the first by Soviet naval vessels to visit an American military port

Representatives of Ingalls Shipbuilding and the U.S. Navy stand by a sign marking the keel laying of CG-68, the Navy's 22nd Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser. The ship will be given the name Anzio at its christening

A line of ships sail in formation during Fleet Exercise '89. The ships include, from right to left, the amphibious command ship USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19), the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS LONG BEACH (CGN-9), the guided missile cruiser USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN (CG-57), the guided missile destroyer USS ROBISON (DDG-12), the frigate USS BAGLEY (FF-1069) and Belknap class guided missile cruiser

Vice Admiral James D. Williams, Commander, Sixth Fleet, right, converses with Soviet and United States naval officers aboard the Soviet guided missile cruiser, SLAVA. The ship is in port in preparation for the summit meeting between President George H.W. Bush and Soviet Chairman Mikhail Gorbachev to be held on December 2-3

Crew members aboard the Soviet guided missile cruiser, SLAVA, take part in a rehearsal in preparation for the summit meeting between President George H.W. Bush and Soviet Chairman Mikhail Gorbachev to be held on December 2-3

Soviet and United States naval officers visit aboard the Soviet guided missile cruiser, SLAVA, which is in port in preparation for the summit meeting between President George H.W. Bush and Soviet Chairman Mikhail Gorbachev to be held on December 2-3