Dragon USS Longbeach CGN-9 (New tooling) USS Longbeach (CGN 9) is a unique ship, principally because it was the only vessel in her class. The Longbeach was a nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser commissioned on September 9 1961. The cruiser’s service was concentrated in the Atlantic Fleet from 1961-66, before transferring to the Californian coast. The original USS Longbeach was a one-of-a-kind ship, and this 1:700 model is equally special. Extremely well detailed, this model kit has completely new tooling (except for the two mid-ship gun turrets) and cleverly engineered to fit together accurately. Modelers can now add this novel nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser, a “real cruiser”, to their collections.