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USS Newport News CA-148

The second USS Newport News (CA–148) was a Des Moines-class heavy cruiser in the United States Navy. Newport News was laid down 1 November 1945; launched on 6 March 1948 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia. The vessel was sponsored by Mrs. Homer L. Ferguson upon commissioning on 29 January 1949, Captain Roland N. Smoot commanding. She was the first air-conditioned surface ship in the United States Navy.

Location: NorVa
Veterans: 8
Latest Activity: Nov 13, 2017

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Vietnam tour, 1968-69

Started by Jerome "Jerry" Johns Nov 13, 2017. 0 Replies

Was aboard "Thunder" on her second tour. Seen plenty of sights in the Orient and in europe in 1970Continue


Started by John W Sargent Jul 26, 2016. 0 Replies

In August 1972 The New Port News was in Subic Bay. Lucky me on the America. They parked that beautiful ship directly in front of the America. I was doing daily or weekly aircraft inspections on our…Continue

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Comment by Clifford Kavanaugh on February 24, 2017 at 7:34pm
I served on CA-148 from about 12/73 until the decommissioning in '75. Best years of my life. FTN.
Comment by Louis John Cordischi on February 26, 2015 at 4:03pm

I miss old thunder. She taught me much as a bos'n mate. Wish I could relive the good old days.


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