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     AFG-3  La Salle      

Photo byAugust 2001. Sevastopol. Photo by A. Andreev.
Country: USA.
Class, [Type]: Raleigh, [AGF].

Callsign: NRPG ( November Romeo Papa Golf )

Builder: New York Naval Shipyard, USA.
Launch date: 3 August 1963.
Commission date: 22 February 1964.
Decommission date: 27 May 2005.

Displacement ( tons ): 9700 light, 13800 full load.
Dimensions ( metres ): 150 x 27 x 7.
Main machinery: 2 x De Laval turbines ( 24000 hp ).
Speed ( knots ): 23.
Range ( miles ): 9600 at 16 knots.
Complement: 593 ( 72 officers ).

Guns: 2 x 6 GE/GD Vulcan Phalanx Mk15 CIWS 20mm, 2 x 1 Bushmaster Mk38 25mm.

Radar: Air: AN/SPS-40E; Surface: AN/SPS-10; Navigation: LN66; TACAN: AN/URN-25.
Countermeasures: Decoys: 4 x SRBOC Mk36; ESM: AN/SLQ-32; AN/WLR-1.
Helicopter: 1 x SH-60 Sea Hawk.
Comment: Reclassified as Flag Ship and renamed AGF-3 on 1st July 1972. Has served as 5th Fleet Flag Ship. Reequipped during 1993/94, and designated 6th Fleet Flag Ship on November 1994. On February 2005 the Command Flag was transferred to USS Mount Whitney.

Year of visit the Black Sea:  1995 | 1996 | 1998 | 2001 | 2004
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