A significant number of cruisers left in the Navy of the United States after the Second world war, some of which underwent major upgrades with the installation of a missile, not an obstacle to create new projects. Although in the 1950-ies the existing forces could handle any opponent in virtually any point of the world ocean, to stop the arms race, the United States was not going to. Naturally, the military and shipbuilding industry associated with the production of new weapons had a powerful lobby in government. Shipbuilding projects meant new jobs for the poor and new profits for the rich. And those and others were directly interested in them – at their level.
Ideas on modernization of existing and creation of new cruisers did not stop for a year, but in the middle of 1950-ies the interests of admirals and Industrialists strongly demanded to begin their embodiment in metal. After we described rearrangements of “Baltimore” and “kilindu” sailors swung to a more modern and larger ships. In 1957 was considered the “racemization” and have not found a worthy place in the ranks of the fleet “Assoc”. Huge “large cruisers” could accommodate more than double the “dose” of missiles over heavy. Considered options such as the installation of four PU “Telos”, or even more ambitious with Sparky “talasov” in the bow and stern, the “box” raketo-torpedoes “ASRock” instead of a lofty tower, and four “poscache” for “Tartar” on the sides, instead of anti-aircraft artillery, with ammunition as much as 168 rockets! In another embodiment, the pair “terernym” launchers and their ammunition gave way 20 strategic missiles “Polaris”. The result of the former battle cruiser would be a strange hybrid of a nuclear submarine with ballistic missiles and a fully upgraded version of the “Albany.” Cost such “grace” somewhere at the level of 120 million us dollars: for that time a huge sum, although it is comparable to the cost of restructuring heavy cruisers (85 – 90 million). In its own way economically, if we take into consideration another idea: conversion of the air defense cruisers of the type “Atlanta” in the media, the Terriers threatened to cost 75 million “green” for each unit, while rocket power would be much less than half from all the “orecchini” “Alaska”.
Equally impressive was the project to modernize the largest and strongest heavy cruisers “des Moines”. They were to pile up all kinds of anti-aircraft missiles from two “talasov” in the extremities with a PU over them “Terriers” in the stern, up to four plants for “Tartarus” on the sides instead of the former 127-millimetrovogo. It seems to be more space for the “Asroma”, and torpedo tubes, and even for artillery, which was represented by four 76-mm Sparky in the middle of the hull. Of course, this riot of the imagination rocket scientists led to the appearance on deck of a giant “castles in the air” for pre-flight preparation of missiles, and accommodate numerous and heavy antennas for their guidance. Detailed calculations of stability of the project was not carried out, it is such a futuristic ship would undoubtedly be under threat. To check the stability and failed because of the new trend in the Maritime Ministry the new “mistress”of the oceans.
Indeed, all the most attractive projects of the restructuring at about the same time, there is a very serious competitor in the face of new developments with the use of new technologies. Chief among them was the use of atomic energy to propulsion of ships. The first nuclear submarines made a splash, so they surpassed their predecessors at speed under water, range and autonomy. The temptation to get the as advanced surface ships, of course, not over the admirals. It is clear that very heavy and bulky reactors required a large “box”, ie a new cruiser, the development of which began in 1955.