"Keeping The Memories Alive"

Dedicated to the Heavy Cruiser USS Newport News (CA-148) and those who served aboard her 1949-1975

USS Newport News CA-148

The 'Official' Website of the
USS Newport News (CA-148)

This website was established in 1997 and is sponsored and supported solely by donations from Crew members, Family, Friends and  the
USS Newport News Association.

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USS Newport News CA-148

Our Fallen Shipmates

Video created by Master Chief FT Dexter Goad (RET)
Dedicated to our shipmates killed in the Turret 2 explosion Oct. 1, 1972
"As long as their names are spoken they shall not be forgotten"


Navy Unit Commendation with star in lieu of 2nd award
Vietnam Service Medal with three campaign stars

**A Great resource can be found HERE with a list of all the Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
earned by the USS Newport News (CA-148)  (link will open in a new window - tab)

On 4 July weekend 1968, Newport News was awarded its first Navy Unit Commendation, presented to Captain Snyder by Rear Admiral John Wadleigh on behalf of the Secretary of the Navy "for Exceptionally meritorious service from 2OCT67 to 26APR68 while engaged in operations against enemy aggressor forces in the waters contiguous to the hostile coastline of both North and South Vietnam."

The ship was awarded the "Top Gun" award for support of the allied forces during the 1969 deployment.

In 1969, Newport News was awarded the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation for performance during operations against hostile enemy forces during the ship's second deployment to Vietnam during 1968 and 1969.

Newport News received the Battle Efficiency "E" for CIC/Operations for Fiscal Year 1972. The occasion marked the 24th commissioning anniversary of Newport News. COMSECONDFLT VADM Finneran was guest speaker at the ceremony. (Twenty-nine January is the official anniversary of Newport News.)

On 13 July 1973 Newport News was awarded its second Navy Unit Commendation, presented to Capt Kelly by VADM Finneran on behalf of Secretary of the Navy John W. Warner at a ceremony which was also attended by Capt Zartman, who had been Commanding Officer for the 1972 Vietnam deployment, during which the award was earned.

April / 1968


USS Newport News (CA-148) empty brass
and the USS Boston (CA-69 CAG-1) April 1968
Gunline Vietnam - Operation Sea Dragon
Location‎: ‎Coastal North Vietnam
Date‎: ‎25 October 1966 – 31 October 1968
**more photos below


T2 Sending rounds downrange


T1 &2 Sending rounds downrange


T1 Sending rounds downrange


Clearing the empty 8" brass powder case's from the nets

USS Newport News CA-148
Museum and Memorial Foundation

Our Ships Museum is located onboard the USS Salem (CA-139), the world's only preserved Heavy Gun Cruiser, berthed in the Fore River Shipyard at Quincy, Massachusetts. Relive the amazing history of the USS Newport News (CA-148) - the worlds largest Heavy Cruiser and support the USS Newport News Museum and Memorial Foundation Inc.

USS Newport News CA-148 Museum and memorial Foundation

The USS Newport News (CA-148) website is all about "Keeping The Memories Alive". If you were a former Crewmember or a Family member of a former Crewmember, please join us on our 'Official' Facebook Page and help us Keep the Memories Alive. Over 1200 members strong! **see below

**You'll need to answer a few questions as to your connection to NN before you are accepted to our 'Private Group'. Be sure not to overlook this required feature as it can delay your membership. If you'd like to invite a 'Family Member' be sure they do the same and answer the required question(s). Admin will review your request and deny or accept it depending on the answers you provide.


The USS Newport News (CA-148)
Entering Pearl Harbor December 6, 1968
Crew getting ready to 'Man The Rails' as they pass the USS Arizona (BB-39) Memorial and render a salute.

On 25 Dec. NEWPORT NEWS returned to the gunline for her second tour in WESTPAC. During this period she operated as a unit of Task Unit 70.8.9 providing gunfire support for the 7th and 9th ARVN in the VINH BINH Province in the Mekong Delta. Primary mission was the destruction of reinforced VC bunker complexes in that area.

Crowne Plaza Hotel

2022 Ships Reunion!

The USS Newport News Reunion Assoc. Proudly presents the 2022 USS Newport News (CA-148) Ships Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Cherry Hill NJ - Phila. June 5-11, 2022
Memorial Service to be held on the USS New Jersey (BB-62)
Be sure to bookmark this page to follow updates! Update: Reservations are now OPEN!


Work Parties!

Are you interested in attending our work parties onboard the USS Salem (CA-139)? Click below for more information!
We can really use your help!

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'Official' Ship Store Is Open!

PLEASE do yourself a favor, and help 'Keep The Memories Alive' as well by purchasing ALL of your USS Newport News (CA-148) merchandise from our Ships Store and not on the internet at some other 3rd party website that has absolutly NO connection to our Association. All of the monies received through the sale of Authentic NN products goes to support the USS Newport News (CA-148)
Museum and Memorial Foundation
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