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Ships of the
United States Navy

A-B * C * D-F * G-H
I-K * L * M * N-O* P
Q-R * S * T-V * W-Z

Aircraft carriers
Amphibious warfare ships
Destroyer escorts
Escort carriers
Mine warfare vessels
Patrol vessels
Sailing frigates
Steam frigates
Steam gunboats
Ships of the line
Sloops of war
Torpedo boats

This list of cruisers of the United States Navy includes all ships that were ever called "cruiser". Since the nomenclature predates the hull numbering system, and there were several confusing renumberings and renamings, there are multiple entries referring to the same physical ship.

A '*' following the entry indicates a ship that was cancelled before completion.

Heavy cruisers CA-149 and CA-151 to CA-153, and light cruisers CL-154 to CL-159 were cancelled before being named.

The missing numbers in the guided-missile cruiser series, 43-46, were not used so that DDG-47 Ticonderoga and DDG-48 Yorktown could be redesignated without re-numbering. It has been argued in some sources that the DDG-993 Kidd class guided missile destroyers, which were essentially identically armed to the non-VLS Ticonderoga class cruisers, should have been redesignated CG-43 through -46. Likewise, CG-13, CG-14 and CG-15 were skipped so the Leahy-class guided missile frigates (DLG-16 class) could be redesignated without renumbering.

CG-1 through 8 and CG-10 through 12 were converted from World War II cruisers. CAG-1 USS Boston and CAG-2 USS Canberra retained most of their World War II-vintage gun armament and were later returned to their gun cruiser designations CA-69 and CA-70. Before 30 June 1975, CG-16 USS Leahy through CGN-38 USS Virginia were designated DLG or DLGN (Guided Missile Frigate (Nuclear powered)). They were redesignated cruisers in the 1975 ship reclassification. CGN-39 USS Texas and CGN-40 USS Mississippi were laid down as DLGNs but redesignated CGN before commissioning. CG-47 Ticonderoga and CG-48 Yorktown were ordered as guided missile destroyers (DDG) but were redesignated to guided missile cruisers (CG) before any ship was laid down. CGN-9 Long Beach, CGN-41 Arkansas and CG-49 through 74 were ordered, laid down and delivered as guided missile cruisers. Long Beach was the only cruiser since World War II built on a true "cruiser hull," and for over ten years was the only new-build guided missile cruiser in the fleet.

See also List of light cruisers of the United States.


By hull number

Cruisers before hull designations

USS Atlanta

Armored Cruisers

USS Maine (ACR-1)

Projected Battlecruisers

Protected cruisers

USS Newark (C-1), the first of the numbered United States' protected cruisers.

Battlecruisers/"Large" Cruisers

USS Alaska

Heavy and Light cruisers

USS Brooklyn
USS Salt Lake City
USS Cleveland (CL-55)
USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5)

Command cruisers

Guided missile cruisers

USS Canberra (CAG-2)
USS Long Beach (CGN-9)
USS Leahy (CG-16)
USS Sterett(CG-31)
USS Virginia
USS Yorktown (CG-48)
USS Lake Erie
By name



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