Smart, thoughtful discourse question on Sunday or so: "are you sure those liferafts were in service yet?"
Dumb, ill-considered response: "duh of course they were"
Survey says.... revision time lol.
Say hello to the Mk 5, a 15-man inflatable raft in a package about 27" in diameter by 56" long. Typically stored under a tarp in a bin, three per bin. Major thanks to Okieboat for being a brilliant reference for the period. Also, the boat disposition is much improved. Big kingposts handle the major stuff, and there is a small utility boat on davits on either beam.
Challenge submission: CGN-36 'TyBeach', date in service ~1968ish
This concept is intended as a follow-on to CGN-9, making as few alterations as are necessary to get Typhon and SPG-59 to sea in a serviceable unit. Long Beach is an attractive starting point because of the known heavy power requirements for SPG-59 and because SCANFAR was very heavy and very high up. I was happy to discover that the New York Navy Yard, with its attendant 135' Brooklyn Bridge clearance limit, was closed in 1966 (and surely would have been understood to be departing somewhat sooner). This retirement made the main mast configuration possible (although I'm drawing it as a somewhat disassemble-able system, with everything above a bolted break, below the ESM level and above the upper wire cage, lifted off by a Chinook or whatever).
Even in this era, it must have seemed obvious that capital-C Cruisers were on their way out, and any such unit would necessarily need to accommodate a task force commander. We retain a flag bridge for this purpose.
We might envision that, much like D2G, the reactors might offer a bit more power in later marks. This is my way of handwaving and saying we can still make 30 knots with the radar lit up
SPG-59 (3400 element) 3D search, track, and missile fire control
SPS-49 (2x) 2D long-range air search, integrated 360deg output via SPS-22 technology
SPG-XX (3x) 3D track and gun/missile fire control
SPS-10 surface search
Raytheon Pathfinder (2x) navigation set
SQS-26 low-frequency bow array
Sword/Derby intercept antennas
WLR-1 wide-band direction finding
ULQ-6 deception jammer
Mk 10 GMLS (2x80) for Typhon-LR, ASROC
Mk 13 GMLS (3x40) for Typhon-MR (beam mounts are elevated to avoid main deck penetration)
Mk 42 5"/54 DP gun
Mk 32 SVTT for 12.75" torpedoes
2-30Mhz discage amidships, from Composite Discage Antenna Developed for 2-to-30 mc/s Band
). Bracing this tall mainmast and electrically sensitive HF discage antenna is a set of non-conductive fiberglass tension rods, which is period-appropriate and probably functional.
10-30Mhz sleeve antenna, bow
30-108Mhz (VHF): 3x 12' whip, AS-3226C or similar
225-400Mhz (UHF): AS-1735 around-the-mast (2x), AS-1018 4' monopole (3x)
SH-3 (2x) ASW and utility helo (twin hangars, with control station above)
40' utility boat (2x) amidships
40' personnel boat amidships
33' flag barge amidships
26' utility boat (2x), forward, port and starboard
Mk 5 life raft (72x, 15 man ea)
To the extent SPG-59 could have been made to work, the resulting missile cruiser is dramatically superior to Long Beach in nearly every way.
I think this design does not overweight or overvolume the underlying Long Beach hull or badly compromise the trim and balance, and it is reasonable according to the assumptions made for the purposes of the challenge.
Big thanks to acelancelot for the Long Beach underwater hull! We talked about it and he felt it was minor enough to not require credits.