USS REEVES was the last ship in the LEAHY-class of guided missile cruisers and the second ship in the Navy named after Vice Admiral J. M. Reeves. Commissioned as a guided missile frigate, REEVES was reclassified as guided missile cruiser on June 30, 1975.
REEVES was decommissioned and stricken from the Navy Register on November 12, 1993, at Pearl Harbor. The ship was then berthed at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Pearl Harbor, HI. On May 31, 2001, the REEVES was finally sunk as a target.
|General Characteristics:||Keel laid: July 1, 1960|
|Launched: May 12, 1962|
|Commissioned: May 15, 1964|
|Decommissioned: November 12, 1993|
|Builder: Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.|
|Propulsion system:4 - 1200 psi boilers; 2 General Electric geared turbines|
|Length: 535 feet (163 meters)|
|Beam: 53 feet (16.1 meters)|
|Draft: 26 feet (7.9 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 7,800 tons|
|Speed: 30+ knots|
|Armament: two Mk 141 Harpoon missile launchers, two 20mm Phalanx CIWS, two Mk-10 missile launchers for Standard missiles (ER), Mk 46 torpedoes from two Mk-32 triple mounts, one Mk 16 ASROC missile launcher|
|Crew: 27 officers and 413 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS REEVES. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS REEVES:
|October 30, 1989||32 miles south of Diego Garcia||An F/A-18 aircraft from USS MIDWAY (CV 41) mistakenly drops a 500-pound bomb on the deck of the USS REEVES during traing exercises in the Indian Ocean, creating a five-foot hole in the bow, sparking small fires, and injuring five sailors.|
USS REEVES Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by Scott R. Fansler and shows the REEVES at anchor at Shimoda, Japan, on May 17, 1989.