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|September 22, 1971. With a "near miss" of the champagne bottle by First Lady Mrs. Richard M. Nixon, the California is launched.|
|The Plankowner Crew mans the rails during the Commissioning Ceremony on February 16, 1974|
|Theresa, still my bride, stands next to the ship's bell on February 16, 1974. The bell was cast in 1919 for the Battleship California BB-44. Today, the bell rests in a memorial in Capital Park in Sacramento, California. Click Here to see.|
|The California at Norfolk, Va. Naval Base at the time of her commissioning.|
|Task Force Bravo The USS California, USS Nimitz, and USS South Carolina steam in formation at flank speed for this picture.|
|The Navy's second nuclear carrier task force was assembled for the Commissioning of USS NIMITZ (CVAN68) in Norfolk VA. USS CALIFORNIA (CGN36) and USS SOUTH CAROLINA (CGN37) are shown tied-up across from NIMITZ with USS RAY (SSN653) moored at the end of the pier. President Gerald Ford honored the Navy and its nuclear shipbuilding efforts by his participation in the ceremony.|
|USS NIMITZ at sunset|
|USS NIMITZ makes a high speed turn!|
(Sorry, this is as large as this picture can be made)
|Underway personnel "High Line" transfer between the California and Forrest Sherman DD 931.|
|Returning to the California anchored off the coast of Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands at sunset in June of 1975. The "Dress Ship" lights are lighting the way for our 40' utility boat.|
|It doesn't matter if you try to hold the camera level with the deck or with the horizon, you can still tell that the ship is rolling!|
|The deck gets a continous sea water bath|
|Flight Quarters for Mail Call and to exchange movies.|
Being part of a Carrier Task Force had its advantages!
|One of our two 40 foot Utility Boats moored to the Starboard yardarm while the California is anchored out in the harbor. Changing the light bulb at the end of the yardarm while it was extended was an experience if the ship was rolling. Just walking out and climbing down the rope ladder was also an experience.|
|The motor whaleboat is manned and underway.|
|"Shift Colors, Underway" We got comfortable working aloft, often starting to rig the "dress ship" lighting while the ship was still entering a harbor. Although I never did get comfortable changing the "aircraft warning lights" at the very top of the mast.|
|In the middle of the night, on the final night of a 7 month Med Cruise, a ghostly voice announced throughout the ship that "You Are Sailing Into The Left Hand Of The Devil!" Entering and Leaving Norfolk, Va. ships must travel through a corner of the "Bermuda Triangle." Everyone who heard the "voice" tried to find the prankster, although we never did. Come day break, this was the sea that awaited us! Warm Gulf Stream waters on a Cold February morning? Or "something" else?|
|The California enters her Home Waters on my final voyage before being discharged. Following tradition, I roll my "white cap" like a frisbee and toss it out into the sea.|
|The following pictures were Contributed by: Tony Diller|
|CROSSING THE LINE|
Pages from the 1981 Indian Ocean Cruise Book
Contributed by: Bill Simmons
|The following pictures were contributed by EM1(SW) Wayne L. Wagner, Jr. stationed aboard the California between 11/88 and 6/91.|
5" 54 Gun Fires
|This 1997 picture of the California in Seward, Alaska was contributed by Dennis M. Fuerst|
|This 1997 picture of the California at the Seward/Suneel coal loading facility in Seward, Alaska was contributed by Patrick Callahan|
|Contributed by: Brad Smosna|
|Here are a couple of shots I took when we visited Adak. Interesting was that in the first attmept to get there, the winds were so strong we couldn't moor even with the tug-- we called it off and went out for another night. Came back in the next day and moored successfully.|
Walking towards us is Woerman..XO. QMC Laverty is the chief talking at the cernter pelorus facing us.
Bridgewing during unrep...the CO is Poulson. The chief with the binocs is the HMC?
Bridgewing during the same unrep.
Radar....the business end of the ship.
|Fantail "smoker", from around the world 1981 Indian Ocean cruise. You know everyone wanted to go home the quick way (western route). But we had to "take the long way home". Remember that song? Contributed by Richard Fairfull|
|This 1981 picture of the entire California and Virginia Classes of nuclear powered cruisers was contributed by Bill Damick
Back Row (L-R) Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas
Front Row (L-R) California, South Carolina, Virginia
|The following pictures were contributed by Gene Bales|
|Contributed by: Joe Moyer|
|Replenishment Operations off the coast of California.
Picture at left shows RM1 Joe Moyer.
Picture at right shows ISC Healy, Rm1 Kevin Shaffer, RM1 Joe Moyer
|First Live Missile Launch Nov. 76|
Photo Contributed By: HODUSMAN@aol.com
|The following pictures were contributed by James Cornell|
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