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Cruisers and destroyers have two principal roles in surface warfare.  They defend the larger and more vulnerable aircraft carriers and their accompanying ships, known as carrier battle groups, and are armed for missile strikes against targets on land.

The only active cruisers in the US Navy are the Ticonderoga Class.  These highly capable warships are in many ways the most capable surface combatants afloat today.  "Tico" cruisers have the best anti-air missile defense system of any navy in the world, and are also lethal submarine hunters.

Cruisers have played an integral in the U.S. Navy dating back to the 1880s. Original artwork based on US Navy cruisers is somewhat limited, but we have profile drawings of many cruiser classes dating from the late 1920s to the present, so you are sure to find one of interest to you here.  Images are presented in thumbnail format, but you can see a much larger and more detailed image by clicking on the thumbnail.  Then click you BACK button to return  here.

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"Seek and Ye Shall Find" by Darryl Strader

This print depicts the brilliance and fury of an SM-2 missile as it launches from the forward Mk 41 vertical launch system (VLS) of the USS Princeton (CG-59)

Recently retired from the US Navy, Chief Darryl Strader was the lead Firecontrolman on board the USS Princeton when he and the dedicated individuals of his fire control team launched this missile.

Printed on 65 lb. museum-quality acid-free stock, this print is available in two sizes.

 

"Seek and Ye Shall Find" by Darryl Strader
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"American Man of War" by Mark Karvon

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USS Chicago CA 136 began her career in 1945 as a Baltimore Class heavy cruiser, and saw action during the bombardment of the Japanese Islands in the closing months of World War II. She was decommissioned in June of 1947, only to be recommissioned on 2 May 1964 as the guided missile cruiser CG 11. CHICAGO served with distinction, including 5 deployments to Vietnam. On her fifth cruise, the USS Chicago along with USS Long Beach protected A-6 Intruder and A-7 Corsair II aircraft during the mining of Hai Phong harbor. On 9 May 1971 she downed a MiG at long range using her forward Talos missile battery. It is this action that has been captured here in this work by Mark Karvon. The ship was decommissioned in 1980 and broken up. Her anchor survives on display at Navy Pier in Chicago, Il.

This stunning work is available in a variety of sizes.  All of our high quality giclee prints are inspected and signed by the artist. The canvas giclee prints are offered in very limited editions of only 25 prints each, so if you're interested in one of these, we suggest you order at your earliest opportunity so as not to be disappointed.  Once they're gone, they're gone!!!

 

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 Profile Drawings of the Ticonderoga Class Cruisers  by George E. Bieda

Shown here are the USS Ticonderoga (CG-47), and the USS Lake Champlain (CG-57).  The most striking difference is the Vertical Launch System (VLS) on the Lake Champlain, which replaced the twin rail launchers on the bow and stern of the Tico.

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The Ticonderoga Class Cruisers
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US Navy Cruiser Profile Drawings by George Bieda

Shown here is the USS Arkansas (CGN-41), of the nuclear-propelled Virginia Class.  Click on the thumbnail for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.

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The Virginia Class Cruisers
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Shown here is the USS California (CGN-36), the lead ship in the class.  Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  Be sure to select a ship and print options when ordering!

The California Class Cruisers
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Here is the USS Truxtun (CGN-35), as she was configured in the 1980's.  Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  Be sure to select your desired print options when ordering!

The USS Truxtun (CGN-35)
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Shown here is the USS Fox (DLG-33).  She was originally built as a guided-missile destroyer leader (DLG), but was later re-classified as a cruiser (the CG-33).  Tell us the year(s) you were aboard her when ordering, and we'll see to it you get the correct designation, mast array, etc.  For a larger view of George's work, click on the thumbnail image.  Then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  And be sure to select a ship and print size when ordering, too!

The Belknap Class Cruisers
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Here is the USS Bainbridge (CGN-25).  Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view of this one-of-a-kind nuclear-powered cruiser, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  Be sure to select your desired print options when ordering!

The USS Bainbridge (CGN-25)
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Shown here is the USS England (CG-22).  Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  Be sure to select a print size and framing options when ordering!

The Leahy Class Cruisers
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These ships were formerly from the Oregon City and Baltimore class cruisers, but were re-classified after being configured to carry guided missiles.  Shown here is the USS Chicago CG 11USS Albany CG 10 and USS Columbus CG 12 are also available.  Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.

The Albany Class Cruisers
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Shown here is the USS Long Beach (CGN-9), as she was configured in the 1962 to 1979 time frame.  She is the only nuclear-powered cruiser the US Navy built from scratch in the post-WW II era.  It was a marvel, but also the only ship built in its class.  Click on the thumbnail image for a detailed view of George's work, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.   Be sure to select a print size when ordering!

The USS Long Beach (CGN-9)
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Shown here is the USS Guam (CB-2), in two different paint schemes.  By filling in the "Year(s) Served Aboard Her" block when ordering, we will make sure all the modifications from that era are included, making her exactly as you remember!  Click on either thumbnail for a larger view.  Then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  The final print will have the ship's patch, US flag and commissioning pennant, builder's plaque, and ship's statistics.  Be sure to select a ship and print options when ordering!

The Alaska Class Large Cruisers
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These ships were formerly from the Baltimore class cruisers, but were re-classified after being configured to carry guided missiles.

The Boston Class Cruisers
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These ships were formerly from the Cleveland class cruisers, but were re-classified after being configured to carry guided missiles.

The Galveston Class Cruisers
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These ships were formerly from the Cleveland class cruisers, but were re-classified after being configured to carry guided missiles.

The Little Rock Class Cruisers
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Shown here is the USS Worcester (CL-144), the lead ship in the class.  Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  Be sure to select a ship and framing options when ordering!

 

The Worcester Class Cruisers
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Shown here is the USS Newport News (CA-148).  Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  Be sure to select a ship and framing options when ordering!

The Des Moines Class Cruisers
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Baltimore/Oregon City Class Conversions

Several of the original Oregon City Class of heavy cruisers  (CA designation) were re-classified as guided missile cruisers (CG designation).  One in particular, the USS Northampton, was begun as a CA, cancelled by the Navy in 1945, then reordered as a tactical command ship (CLC designation, as shown here).  Before her career was over, she was re-designated yet again as a national command ship (CC designation).  Be sure to select a ship, and tell us the years served aboard when ordering, so we can ensure the correct designation!

The Baltimore/Oregon City Class Cruisers
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Shown here is an earlier profile drawing of the USS Fargo (CL-106), circa 1945.  We will update it to our modern format (including Builder's Plaque, US flag, Ship's Stats, etc.), but this gives you a sample of what the ship's image would look like.  Be sure to select your print options and add any desired personalization when you order!

The Fargo Class Cruisers
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Shown here is the USS Macon (CA-132), as she was configured in at the end of World War II.  Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view.  Then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  Be sure to select a ship and print options when ordering!

The Baltimore Class Heavy Cruisers
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Shown here is the USS Providence, after she was converted to carry guided missiles and re-designated from CL-82 to CLG-6.  Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.  Be sure to give us the year(s) served aboard when ordering, so we can be sure to depict the right configuration!

The Cleveland Class Cruisers
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The Brooklyn Class Light Cruisers
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The Portland Class Cruisers
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The New Orleans Class Cruisers
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The Northampton Class Cruisers
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