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USS Dale (DLG-19)
Uss Dale underway, circa the 1980s or early 1990s
USS Dale (CG-19)
Career (US)
Ordered: 7 November 1958
Laid down: 6 September 1960
Launched: 28 June 1962
Acquired: 8 November1963
Commissioned: 23 November 1963
Decommissioned: 27 September 1994
Struck: 27 September 1994
Fate: sunk as target, January 2000
General characteristics
Class & type: Leahy class cruiser
Displacement: 8520 tons (full)
Length: 533 ft (162 m)
Beam: 55 ft (17 m)
Draft: 26 ft (7.9 m)
Propulsion: 2 shaft; De Laval gear turbines; 4 Foster Wheeler boilers; 85,000 shp
Speed: 32 knots
Range: 8,000 @ 20 knots
Complement: 32 officers, 413 enlisted

USS Dale (DLG-19/CG-19) was a United States Navy 5670-ton Leahy class cruiser. Dale was named in honor of Commodore Richard Dale (1756–1826).


Dale was built at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, USA and commissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on 23 November 1963. Her sponsor was Mrs. Daniel Flood. Assigned to Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Force Pacific Fleet, she made five deployments to the Western Pacific over the next seven years. Between 1965 and 1970, Dale's Seventh Fleet tours included participation in Vietnam War operations, during which she rescued several American aviators in the Gulf of Tonkin.


On 10 November 1970 Dale was decommissioned and began modernization at Bath, Maine to increase flexibility in combat systems. This work fitted her with the Naval Tactical Data System (NTDS) and other improvements that enhanced her anti-air and anti-submarine warfare capabilities. When recommissioned on 11 December 1971, Dale was assigned to Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet and homeported in Newport, Rhode Island.

In Dale's first Mediterranean deployment in June 1973, she participated in the multinational exercise "Swift Move" in northern European Waters, and helped augment the Sixth Fleet during in the eastern Mediterranean during the tense period of U.S.-Soviet relations that accompanied the October 1973 Yom Kippur War.

In February 1974, Dale moved to her new homeport in Mayport, Florida. During 1974, Dale was selected as the operational platform for the newly deployed AN/SPS-49 two dimensional air search radar, which took Dale to the Caribbean several times during 1974 and early 1975.

Dale was reclassified as a guided-missile cruiser (CG-19) at the beginning of July 1975. In October 1975, Dale deployed to the Mediterranean, participating successfully in several national and multinational exercises and earning praise from Commander, Sixth Fleet and Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe on her departure for home.

In July 1976, she helped represent the U.S. Navy during the Bicentennial Naval Review in New York Harbor. Then, Dale began a regular 12-month overhaul at the Charleston Naval Shipyard which upgraded Dale's NTDS and missile fire control systems. Upon the completion of the overhaul, Dale returned to Mayport in February 1977.

In June 1977, Dale deployed to the Mediterranean, participating successfully in several national and multinational exercises returning home March 1978.

In September 1979, Dale deployed to the North Atlantic for two months to serve as the flagship for the Commander Striking Force Atlantic Fleet for the NATO exercise "Ocean Safari."


In January and February 1980, Dale participated in the Atlantic Fleet Readiness Exercise "READEX 1-80." Dale deployed to the Mediterranean Sea in March 1980 and, as a unit of the Sixth Fleet, served as flag ship for Commander-Destroyer Group Eight. A highlight of this deployment was entering the Black Sea to visit Constanța, Romania. Dale returned to Mayport in August 1980. The remainder of the year included two trips to the Caribbean for carrier support operations and participations in "COMPUTEX/ASWEX 1-81."

Dale entered the Charleston Naval Shipyard in March 1981 to begin a Baseline Overhaul to update the ship's combat weapons systems and overhaul major engineering equipment. During the overhaul, which Dale completed a month early in February 1982, the 3"/50 caliber gun mounts were replaced with Harpoon surface-to-surface guided missiles and the Phalanx gun system to the port and starboard sides. Dale completed Refresher Training in June 1982.

Dale deployed December 1982 to the Mediterranean. After port visits in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France and Athens, Greece, Dale transited the Suez Canal to the Indian Ocean. While in the Indian Ocean Dale made port visits to Karachi, Pakistan; Trincomalee, Sri Lanka; and, Mombasa, Kenya. Dale crossed the equator on 26 February 1983 and again on 12 April 1983–344 people became Shellbacks. On the morning of 27 April 1983, Dale was conducting tactical maneuvers with other ships of the U.S. and British fleets. During the course of the exercise, the British frigate HMS Ambuscade (F172) collided with Dales port quarter. Damage to both ships was relatively minor. Dale re-transited the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea. Dale 's last port call was Málaga, Spain before heading home in June 1983.

New Threat Upgrade combat systems enhancement at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard later in that decade. During the 1980s her Mediterranean tours were sometimes extended to take her into the increasingly important Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf regions. In 1986 she took part in the confrontation with Libya.


Dale spent much of her final years of service on counter-narcotics patrols in the Caribbean area, and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as on regular cruises with the Sixth Fleet. During 1991 she went to the Red Sea to help enforce sanctions against Iraq after Operation Desert Storm. She had similar duties in 1992–93, in support of United Nations' Resolutions concerning Bosnia and Yugoslavia.


Dale was decommissioned in September 1994 at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. She was sunk as a target in January 2000.


This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

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