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USS Long Beach (CLGN-160/CGN-160/CGN-9). The world's first nuclear-powered surface combatant.
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USS Long Beach (CLGN-160/CGN-160/CGN-9) was a nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser in the United States Navy


At the time as design and commissioning, the cruiser embodies all the latest achievements of naval engineering of the United States, and was, without a doubt, the strongest vehicle in its class.


The main purpose of the cruiser was a defense carriers from air and missile attacks. For this purpose, a large nuclear cruiser fit almost perfectly. Unlimited power reserve is provided a nuclear power plant, allowed the cruiser to accompany continuously running at full speed aircraft carrier (while normal cruisers and destroyers when moving at full speed, quickly sapped fuel supplies). Developed radar equipment allowed to detect hostile targets at long range and accompanied by a considerable number of targets, and a large and effective missile weapons helped to eliminate all types of aircraft and cruise missiles at distances up to 150 kilometers. The total possible number of SAM cruiser allowed him to simultaneously fire six (6) goals, two missiles, "Talos" at distances up to 150 kilometers, and four missile "Terrier" at distances up to 50 kilometers.


The high box-like superstructure contained the SCANFAR system, consisting of the AN/SPS-32 and AN/SPS-33 phased array radars. The range of detection of large air targets at high altitude was 740 km! One of the reasons Long Beach was a one-ship class was because it was an experimental platform for these radars, which were precursors to the AN/SPY-1 phased array systems later installed on Aegis warships ("Ticonderoga" class cruisers and "Arleigh Burke" class destroyers). At the time, "Long Beach" had the highest bridge of any ship smaller than an aircraft carrier.


28 April 1964 "Long Beach" sailed for the Mediterranean to join aircraft carrier USS "Enterprise" (CVN-65) and guided missile destroyer USS "Bainbridge" (DLGN-25) in the formation of the first all nuclear‑powered task group 13 May. The force operated in the Mediterranean testing its unique capabilities until 31 July when it sailed under Rear Adm. Bernard M. Strean from Gibraltar on an around‑the‑world cruise. This operation, "Sea Orbit", reminiscent of the cruise of the Great White Fleet in 1907‑09, demonstrated the strategic mobility of U.S. naval nuclear‑powered surface forces independent of normal fleet logistic support. During 58 steaming days "Long Beach" steamed over 30,000 miles at an average speed of 25 knots, without being refueled or resupplied.


Together with my friend Locutus 666, we tried to reproduce this operation. Model of the cruiser "Long Beach" added to the composition to the nuclear aircraft carrier "Enterprise" and the nuclear destroyer "Bainbridge", which was made by Locutus 666 before.


In 1968 the ship was redeployed to the Gulf of Tonkin, shooting down a Vietnam MiG fighter plane with a RIM-8 "Talos" missile 23 May 1968, at a range of 65 miles.


My model is built in the scale of 1: 350, for the construction took 1026 (774) bricks.


In the 1980-ies, the cruiser was twice modernized. Complex but capricious SCANFAR radars were dismantled. The vacated space was allocated for staff facilities. SAM "Terrier" perfected for firing the latest rockets Standard ER. This allowed to abandon the cumbersome SAM "Talos". His place was taken self-defense system the "Vulcan-Phalanx" and armored launchers of cruise missiles "Tomahawk".






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  November 7, 2017
Quoting Lego Hotwirer Nice!
Thanks!
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  November 7, 2017
Nice!
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  November 7, 2017
Quoting Henrik Jensen Not the most stealthy missile cruiser, but somehow it looks quite high tech. Beautiful model Seaman!
Thank You, Henrik! For its time (1961) it was the most technologically advanced ship in the world. Some of its characteristics are still impressive.
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  November 7, 2017
Not the most stealthy missile cruiser, but somehow it looks quite high tech. Beautiful model Seaman!
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  November 5, 2017
Quoting Nick Barrett Superb build, as always.
Thank You, Nick!
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  November 5, 2017
Superb build, as always.
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  November 4, 2017
Quoting Clayton Marchetti Beautiful job! I love the big square bridge. Iíll bet that provided an excellent radar return. Ha ha ha.
Thank You, Clayton!
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  November 4, 2017
Beautiful job! I love the big square bridge. Iíll bet that provided an excellent radar return. Ha ha ha.
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  November 3, 2017
Quoting Locutus 666 Great! :)
Yes, that's good. You need to add this trio to your creations :)
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  November 3, 2017
Quoting Mark B. Great model! You've captured all of the original ugliness of that bridge perfectly :-).
Thank You, Mark!
  November 3, 2017
Great! :)
  November 3, 2017
Ugly? Nah..they just used Dublo bricks to speed up the ship design proces
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  November 3, 2017
Great model! You've captured all of the original ugliness of that bridge perfectly :-).
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  November 3, 2017
Quoting danilo stanich Another great warship from my favourite navy builder. I love the way you made the micro helicopter.
Thank You, Danilo!
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  November 3, 2017
Quoting Locutus 666 Then check your email account. :D
Update :)
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  November 3, 2017
Another great warship from my favourite navy builder. I love the way you made the micro helicopter.
  November 3, 2017
Then check your email account. :D
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  November 3, 2017
Quoting Locutus 666 Great built! Seems like this moc will get another picture soon! :)
I look forward to it! :)
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  November 3, 2017
Great built! Seems like this moc will get another picture soon! :)
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  November 3, 2017
Quoting Gabor Pauler Very educational post. Besides creating an excellent MOC, you showed perfectly, how technology advances shrinked the same hitting power in size. Maybe in 50 years, A country's nuclear pocket drones will chase B country's nuclear pocket drones...
Yes... I recall some works by Stanislaw Lem... Thanks for comment, Gabor!
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  November 3, 2017
Quoting LegoPredator ! Awesome ship!
Thank You!
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  November 3, 2017
Very educational post. Besides creating an excellent MOC, you showed perfectly, how technology advances shrinked the same hitting power in size. Maybe in 50 years, A country's nuclear pocket drones will chase B country's nuclear pocket drones...
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  November 2, 2017
Awesome ship!
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  November 2, 2017
Quoting BATOH rossi Jeremy is right, it was almost unbearable to have her alone in the Mediterranean! great job as usual. sooner or later a petition will be made to oblige you to release the LDD of all your ships ... at least I hope!
Thank You, My Friend!
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  November 2, 2017
Quoting BATOH rossi Jeremy is right, it was almost unbearable to have her alone in the Mediterranean! great job as usual. sooner or later a petition will be made to oblige you to release the LDD of all your ships ... at least I hope!
Yeah! )) Thank You, Jeremy!
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  November 2, 2017
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Another beautiful ship! Great work as always and I love the shape and detail on the superstructure: you totally nailed the look! Excellent!
Thank You, Kurt!
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  November 2, 2017
Jeremy is right, it was almost unbearable to have her alone in the Mediterranean! great job as usual. sooner or later a petition will be made to oblige you to release the LDD of all your ships ... at least I hope!
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  November 2, 2017
Excellent likeness, Seaman! Clearly a pre-stealth design. The Italians could never have brought themselves to build such a monstrosity, regardless of the technological demands.
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  November 2, 2017
Another beautiful ship! Great work as always and I love the shape and detail on the superstructure: you totally nailed the look! Excellent!
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  November 2, 2017
Quoting Doug Hughes A very accurate rendition! Just too bad that giant bridge/radar tower was so ugly ha! Great build!
Yeah! Nuclear missile monster! ))) Thanks, Doug!
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  November 2, 2017
A very accurate rendition! Just too bad that giant bridge/radar tower was so ugly ha! Great build!
 
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