The second USS Newport News (CA–148) was a Des Moines-class heavy cruiser
in the United States Navy. It was laid down 1 November 1945 and launched on 6
March 1947 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company,Newport News, Virginia. The vessel was the first air-conditioned surface ship in the United States
Navy, and was the last all-gun heavy cruiser in commission in naval history.
In addition to annual deployments to the Mediterranean from for duty with the
Sixth Fleet, she participated in major fleet exercises and midshipman training
cruises in the Caribbean and Western Atlantic.
Newport News was decommissioned on 27 June 1975 and stricken from the Naval
Vessel Register on 31 July 1978. She spent her twilight years as a member of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard‘s "Mothball Fleet" and was sold for scrap in New
Orleans, Louisiana, on 25 February 1993.