USS Northampton CC-1

I served in USS Northampton from 1962 -1966 as an Interior Communications Electrician Chief. I was promoted to Warrant Electrician WO-1 in 1966 and transferred to a few days later to the USS La Salle LPD-3.

Below are photos of USS Northampton CC-1 courtesy Mr. Edward C. Shaw, USN (Ret'd) edshaw@gnn.com

CA 125/CLC 1/CC 1 Northampton

Built by Bethlehem Quincy, laid down 31 Aug 1944, cancelled

11 Aug 1945 (56.1% complete), reordered 1 July 1948 as CLC 1,

launched 27 Jan 1951, commissioned 7 March 1953. To CC 1

15 April 1961, converted to NECPA, 3" guns removed 1962.

Eventually stripped of all but one 5/54, decommissioned

8 April 1970, stricken 31 Dec 1977, scrapped.

Displ: 17,056 tons normal

Dim: 676.5 x 70 x 24 ft

Prop: Steam turbines, 4 boilers, 4 shafts, 120,000 hp, 32.8 knots

Crew: ~1153

Arm: 4 single 5/54, 4 dual 3/70, 6 dual 20 mm

Hull was one deck higher than normal, unusual superstructure.

Temporarily carried 3/50 in place of 3/70.