Armament: 6" belt, 8" turret faces
6-8"/50 in 2 triple turrets; 10-5"/38 in 5 twin mounts; 12-3"/50 in 6 twin
mounts, 2 twin-rail Terrier surface-to-air missile launchers
The sixth BOSTON also served her country as the prototype BOSTON-class guided missile
cruiser, leading the U.S. Navy into the age of high-technology weaponry as the world's
first instance of a fighting ship with both heavy gunnery and accurate missilery.
Besides serving as the real-life proving ground for the Navy's missile strategies, BOSTON
was an able flagship for COMCRUDIV 4 and COMCRUDESDIV 10. BOSTON
participated in the 1958 campaign to rescue U.S. citizens in Beirut, Lebanon, and the 1961
Cuban Bay of Pigs operation. She stood temporary duty as the flagship of the Sixth Fleet,
and completed seven long-term Mediterranean deployments and numerous North and
South Atlantic tours.
BOSTON completed three tours to Vietnam, supporting Operation SeaDragon and
providing high-accuracy shore bombardment against enemy emplacement and waterborne
BOSTON earned five more battle stars in her guided missile cruiser configuration. She was
redesignated CA69 in May of 1968. BOSTON was decommissioned on May 5, 1970 and scrapped