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USS South Carolina CGN-37 – Charleston, South Carolina


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A broadside view of the USS South Carolina, anchored in Charleston Harbor. This picture was taken from the mouth of the harbor (looking inland) on Thursday, August 13, 1998 … the South Carolina’s last full day in South Carolina waters. It was a sultry, overcast day, which is why these pictures are so gray and the Cooper River bridge is barely visible in the right background.

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Stern view of the USS South Carolina, with Old Glory flying proudly. The South Carolina, a nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser, was launched in Newport News, Virginia, on July 1, 1972, commissioned on January 25, 1975, and decommissioned in Charleston Harbor on August 11, 1998. She left Charleston on the afternoon of August 14, headed to a deactivation ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia, on August 28. The ship is 596 feet long and manned by a crew of 500 sailors. Norfolk is her home port.

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The South Carolina’s bridge, as seen from her starboard (right) side. The seal on the left indicates that the South Carolina was a member of the Navy’s George Washington Battle Group. The four Es in the center are battle efficiency ribbons she won in Atlantic Fleet competitions. And the multi-colored bars on the right are battle ribbons.

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The South Carolina’s forward gun, as seen from her port (left) side. In addition to four missile launchers and a forest of electronic gear, the South Carolina also carries an aft gun. Both guns saluted Fort Sumter as the South Carolina left Charleston Harbor for the last time.

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While the USS South Carolina was in Charleston for her last visit, thousands of South Carolinians toured the ship. The Navy even provided free water taxi service from shore. This picture shows the Charleston Harbor Princess, a Grey Line excursion boat, tied to a barge lashed to the South Carolina’s port side.

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Reflections on the USS South Carolina CGN-37


The following statement was sent in by Richard Molck: “When I was trying to save the USS Wainwright CG-28 for a museum to ported in Charleston, and was in talks with Patriot’s Point, I was told that they didn’t even want the USS South Carolina’s artifacts for display. I was at awe with this statement, and it really hurt, not only as a Naval veteran, but also as a resident of South Carolina.”

Richard, we wholeheartedly agree!

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14 Comments about USS South Carolina CGN-37

MS3 PutnamNo Gravatar says:
August 18th, 2014 at 10:37 am

I was stationed onboard Socar from 1996 through 1999. She was my first ship, and I made a lot of friends and good memories.

os2 chris drollNo Gravatar says:
August 18th, 2014 at 9:07 am

Went from OSSR to OS2 on board SoCar, one med cruise, counter drug ops. Desert Shield and Desert Storm on board was the best time in my navy career.

SMSN Hayes JosephNo Gravatar says:
February 14th, 2014 at 8:28 am

Old Blue Granite, that was my first ship and I had a blast on her. Made SM2 and did 3 cruises on her. Capt. K.R. Sydow CO. 85-88 SOCAR BABY!!!!

BM3 Rick amelNo Gravatar says:
December 30th, 2013 at 10:33 pm

First Ship a lot of good times and a lot of good friends missed. I want to salute the ones serving this great country aboard ships like her today. Thank you.

Fc3 RodriguezNo Gravatar says:
November 12th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

I was on board the SoCar from 1992 to 1996. It was the best time of my life; meeting all the friends I made during that was the best part of being on board the SoCar. When I got to the SoCar in 1992 it was in dry dock. We made a med cruise that was the best time of my life. We picked up Cuban refugees and took then back to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. I worked as a translator during that time. Thank you those who served on board the USS South Carolina.

IC1 Edward W PitzerNo Gravatar says:
September 23rd, 2013 at 10:55 am

I was one of the original crew of SOCAR. I served as a Lead ELT in the engine room and later as leading PO of the topside IC Shop. Because of the excellent training I received in the Navy, especially on board SOCAR, I continued my study of chemistry and am now a professor of chemistry at Marian University in Indianapolis.

os3 steven millerNo Gravatar says:
August 29th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I REPORTED ABOARD THE SOCAR AFTER THE USS IOWA WAS DECOMMISSIONED. I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, BUT I FOUND A GREAT OI DIVISION THAT HELPED ME TO BE A GREAT SAILOR AND A GREAT MAN. I GOT TO DO A DRUG ENFORCEMENT CRUISE AND A MED/DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM CRUISE ON HER. I LEFT WHILE SHE WAS IN NORFOLK NAVAL IN 1993. I REGRET THAT I NEVER GOT TO GO BACK OUT ON HER AND SEE HOW SHE PERFORMED WITH THE BLOCK 0 COMBAT SYSTEM. ONE DAY I WILL MAKE A TRIP TO THE WEST COAST TO VISIT SOCAR IN THE MEMORIAL PARK (HER BOW ANYWAYS) AND VISIT THE USS IOWA IN LA. FULL SPEED AHEAD.

RM2(SW) Jason CraigNo Gravatar says:
August 16th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I served onboard the SoCar, my first ship, from Fall of 1996 though a full Med deployment, counter drug ops in the Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico, during that trip to Charleston, and her decommissioning ceremony. SoCar was a fantastic ship with an amazing crew and operated better than both Aegis Cruisers I later served on. I’m proud that she was my first ship and of the time I spent on board. I grew from RMSN to RM2(SW) while onboard. She was old Navy, and I believe, the last of her kind.

PN2 Bill GeibelNo Gravatar says:
July 5th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Socar was my home from ’83 – ’87. Looking back now, those were the best days of my life. It was an honor to serve.

EM1 Kurt (Stubby) StolpaNo Gravatar says:
May 14th, 2013 at 3:33 am

She was one steaming ship. I was on from 1982 to 1986. Three ORSEs in 1985, what a blast!

AP (Turk) Turkus BM/BM3No Gravatar says:
January 21st, 2013 at 11:37 am

I commissioned her into service in 1975, it would have been nice to be with her when she left the navy. Besides that, what a great crew and CPO. I still remember all the wonderful times and adventures of that time.

Archie Ritter ET2No Gravatar says:
November 12th, 2012 at 1:05 am

I served on the South Carolina February 76 to April 79. I was not the best ET, but I was the proudest (circa Billy Martin New York Yankees).

OSC LolkemaNo Gravatar says:
September 4th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I had duty the final day in this port. It was my first ship I was stationed on. Awesome place. It was sad when they ripped it apart to take the reactors out.

STGSN Trampush Jason JamesNo Gravatar says:
August 26th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

There has been a long onset of changes in the way of things since 1989/91. I’m proud to say that I was part of the old Navy and I want to salute all those that are serving the country and doing their part to keep America the best country there ever was or ever will be. My heart will always be with the USN and that will never change.






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