US battleships in the Cuban crisis

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US battleships in the Cuban crisis

Postby paul.mercer » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:15 pm

Gentlemen,
I was watching a program on President Kennedy which featured part of the Cuban crisis and showed the US fleet sailing to intecept the Russian convoy carrying missiles to Cuba. In the film I thought that I caught a glimpse of what looked like an 'Iowa' class battleship sailing with the fleet - was one or more US battleships involved?

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Re: US battleships in the Cuban crisis

Postby tommy303 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:31 pm

All of the battleships had been mothballed between 1956 and 1959, so would not have been available for service during the missile crisis. However, the heavy cruiser USS Newport News did participate and from some angles she could easily be mistaken for a battleship.

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Re: US battleships in the Cuban crisis

Postby alecsandros » Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:49 am

Damn, what a name... Newport News... the British had Ajax, Achilles, and so many other cool names... and the Americans came up with Newport News (!)

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Re: US battleships in the Cuban crisis

Postby tameraire01 » Thu Jun 12, 2014 4:27 pm

We always come up with some good names EG: Hood, Battleaxe and Hermes.
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Re: US battleships in the Cuban crisis

Postby Steve Crandell » Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:33 pm

alecsandros wrote:Damn, what a name... Newport News... the British had Ajax, Achilles, and so many other cool names... and the Americans came up with Newport News (!)


Yes, they were named after cities. The British did some of that ... Belfast, for example. It's even worse now; they are naming USN ships after politicians.


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