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uss albany taken at gibraltar sometime in the 70's

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USS Albany was one of the Navy's last heavy cruisers (8-inch guns). She was laid down during WW-II but saw no action because she was not completed until 1946. Between 1959 and 1962 she became the tenth in a series of outdated gun-armed cruisers to be converted into state-of-the-art guided-missile cruisers. In the case of USS Albany, the transformation was much more extensive than in most of the others, as it included the installation of tall combined masts-and-smoke stacks, known as "macks". Although the ship appeared to be very top-heavy, the tall superstructure was composed mostly of aluminum, and the "macks" were actually covered with plastic. In 1969 USS Albany shot down a Mig over North Vietnam at a range of 48 miles. Between 1976 and 1980 she served as flagship of the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, and the photo above was probably taken during that period. The cruiser was decommissioned in 1980 and finally scrapped in 1990.
 

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thankyou very much for the information, very interesting , in this photo her sister ship was ahead of her uss columbus, i will post a photo of them together, may have been a change over for the cruisers
 

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This photograph exemplifies exactly how large and bulky the early shipboard guided missile systems, which had been developed during the 1950s, actually were. That applied not only to the missiles themselves and to their launchers, but to the guidance systems and associated electronics, which ran on vacuum tubes (what the British would call "valves"). Today similar missile systems can be deployed on frigate-sized vessels, but when USS Albany was converted the Navy required a ship the size of a large cruiser to accommodate them.
 

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The original cruiser conversion would have seen the vessel fitted with Regulus II cruise missiles - but cancellation of Regulus II put paid to that plan - however the next plan was to install 8 Polaris SLBM,s - but again - not installed.
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I got a guided tour of the USS Albany in Rotterdam in the mid 1970s.The only fully operational US Navy ship I have ever been aboard.
 

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All that hi-tech "muscle" on display but..................I just love the little Sh1t chute on the stern! What a great photo, though.
Rgds.
Dave
 

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