CGN-184 Phoenix Class
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(Note: drawing contains some parts and lower hull details taken from Shipbucket.com)

Ship Characteristics

Dimensions Length 925 ft
Beam 95.5 ft
Draft 35 ft
Displacement (Standard) 26,850 tons
Displacement (Full Load) 31,800 tons
Performance Speed (max) 33 knots
Armament Strategic missiles 10 Regulus 4
Long-range SAM/ABM 64 Standard ER
Medium-range SAM 144 Standard MR
Short-range SAM 32 Sea Falcon
ASW Missiles 24 ASROC
Aircraft Kaman Defender Rotodynes 4

Background

The Phoenix Class originated as a repeat Improved Long Beach class witha few minor modifications such as new radars. However, shortly after the first group of six were ordered as part of the 1982 Budget supplemental ordered by President Reagan, the virtues of the British vertical launch system were displayed during the Falklands fighting and the design was recast to put the primary missile armament in vertical launch silos. This delayed their construction but added greatly to their value. The earlier Long Beach class were later modified to the same standard. With the construction of the 12 ships of this class, the target of having two nuclear cruisers for each of the 18 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers was finally reached. A further eight ships were constructed to replace the Long Beach class. The long, slended and relatively shallow hull proved to have been an ill-considered design decision and the ships proved to be weaker than desirable. This contributed to a relatively short service life and the design problem was rectified with the CGN-204 Augusta class

Class Members

Number Name Ordered Laid Down Launched Commissioned Fate
CGN-184 Phoenix 1982 1983 1986 1988 In service as of 2009
CGN-185 Frankfort 1982 1983 1986 1988 In service as of 2009
CGN-186 Annapolis 1982 1983 1986 1988 In service as of 2009
CGN-187 Lansing 1983 1984 1987 1989 In service as of 2009
CGN-188 Jefferson City 1983 1984 1987 1989 In service as of 2009
CGN-189 Helena 1983 1984 1987 1989 In service as of 2009
CGN-190 Santa Fe 1984 1984 1988 1990 In service as of 2009
CGN-191 Salem 1984 1984 1988 1990 In service as of 2009
CGN-192 Pierre 1984 1984 1988 1990 In service as of 2009
CGN-193 Lajes 1985 1985 1989 1991 In service as of 2009
CGN-194 San Juan 1985 1985 1989 1991 In service as of 2009
CGN-195 Olympia 1985 1985 1989 1991 In service as of 2009
CGN-196 Tallahassee 1986 1986 1990 1992 In service as of 2009
CGN-197 Boston 1986 1986 1990 1992 In service as of 2009
CGN-198 St Paul 1987 1987 1991 1993 In service as of 2009
CGN-199 Lincoln 1987 1987 1991 1993 In service as of 2009
CGN-200 Carson City 1988 1988 1992 1994 In service as of 2009
CGN-201 Concord 1988 1988 1992 1994 In service as of 2009
CGN-202 Reykjavík 1989 1989 1993 1995 In service as of 2009
CGN-203 Albany 1990 1991 1995 1997 In service as of 2009
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