I served aboard the Long Beach or otherwise know as the Long #@$!$ in some circles as a GMM for 4 WESTPAC'S. In fact I was the last Gunner's Mate for the Talos Missile system. When I left there was no one left to change the light bulbs in the missile house or the magazines. Prior to my leaving I was instructed to inspect the Missile House and each missile tray for articles left by those returning from the last WESTPAC. Unfortunately I didn't find a motorcycle in one of the trays but rather found a complete stereo system under the false deck of the Wing & Fin mounting area. But I digress this is not the reason for this post.
What if the ship was instead during it's last yard period was completely rebuilt from the keel up or rather the main deck up. Remove all superstructure and replace it with Aegis. In place of the Terrier launchers and missile houses as well as those of Talos install VLS (not sure how many would fit but I would guess well over a 100). Remove the ASROC and 5" guns amidships and replace them with Harpoon launchers and the latest 5" guns or even those 155mm Guns on the Zumwalt. The ship had a nasty habit of shaking when it's speed increased to over 30 knots and I was told it was because of the props. Replace those with more efficient ones and upgrade the Nuc powr plants. Basically build a brand new ship. Now I know that many of you would say that it would be cheaper to build a newer ship but let us dreamers say that it was done just how effective a ship would this new Long #@$!$, er excuse me, Long Beach would have been in this era.