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CRUISERS

CLEVELAND light cruisers (1942-1958)

Cleveland 1943

Fargo 1945

Vincennes 1963

Fargo 1963

No Name Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
Cleveland subclass
CL55 Cleveland New York SB, Camden 1/7/1940 1/11/1941 15/6/1942 stricken 3/1959
CL56 Columbia New York SB, Camden 19/8/1940 17/12/1941 29/6/1942 stricken 11/1959
CL57 Montpelier New York SB, Camden 2/12/1940 12/2/1942 9/9/1942 stricken 3/1959
CL58 Denver New York SB, Camden 26/12/1940 4/4/1942 15/10/1942 sold 2/1960
CL59 Amsterdam New York SB, Camden 1/5/1941 22/8/1942 --- completed as CVL22 Independence
CL60 Santa Fe New York SB, Camden 7/6/1941 10/6/1942 24/11/1942 stricken 3/1959
CL61 Tallahassee New York SB, Camden 2/6/1941 18/10/1942 --- completed as CVL23 Princeton
CL62 Birmingham Newport News 17/2/1941 20/3/1942 29/1/1943 stricken 3/1959
CL63 Mobile Newport News 14/4/1941 15/5/1942 24/3/1943 stricken 3/1959
CL64 Vincennes (ex-Flint) Bethlehem, Quincy 7/3/1942 17/7/1943 21/1/1944 stricken 4/1966
CL65 Pasadena Bethlehem, Quincy 6/2/1943 28/12/1943 8/6/1944 stricken 12/1970
CL66, 5/1957- CLG7, 7/1975- CG7 Springfield Bethlehem, Quincy 13/2/1943 9/3/1944 9/9/1944 stricken 9/1978
CL67, 5/1957- CLG8 Topeka Bethlehem, Quincy 21/4/1943 19/8/1944 23/12/1944 stricken 9/1973
CL76 New Haven New York SB, Camden 11/8/1942 6/11/1942 --- completed as CVL24 Belleau Wood
CL77 Huntington New York SB, Camden 17/12/1941 17/1/1943 --- completed as CVL25 Cowpens
CL78 Dayton New York SB, Camden 29/12/1941 28/2/1943 --- completed as CVL26 Monterey
CL79 Wilmington New York SB, Camden 13/3/1942 4/4/1943 --- completed as CVL28 Cabot
CL80 Biloxi Newport News 9/7/1941 23/2/1943 21/8/1943 stricken 9/1961
CL81 Houston (ex-Vicksburg) Newport News 4/8/1941 19/6/1943 20/12/1943 stricken 3/1959
CL82, 5/1957- CLG6, 7/1975- CG6 Providence Bethlehem, Quincy 27/7/1943 28/12/1944 15/5/1945 stricken 7/1978
CL83 Manchester Bethlehem, Quincy 25/9/1944 5/3/1946 29/10/1946 stricken 4/1960
CL84 Buffalo Federal, Kearny --- --- --- cancelled 16/12/1940
CL85 Fargo New York SB, Camden 11/4/1942 22/5/1943 --- completed as CVL27 Langley
CL86 Vicksburg (ex-Cheyenne) Newport News 26/10/1942 14/12/1943 12/6/1944 stricken 10/1962
CL87 Duluth Newport News 9/11/1942 13/1/1944 18/9/1944 stricken 11/1960
CL88 Newark Federal, Kearny --- --- --- cancelled 16/12/1940
CL89 Miami Cramp, Philadelphia 2/8/1941 12/8/1942 28/12/1943 stricken 9/1961
CL90 Astoria (ex-Wilkes-Barre) Cramp, Philadelphia 6/9/1941 6/3/1943 17/5/1944 stricken 11/1969
CL91, 5/1957- CLG5, 7/1975- CG5 Oklahoma City Cramp, Philadelphia 8/3/1942 20/2/1944 22/12/1944 stricken 12/1979
CL92, 5/1957- CLG4, 7/1975- CG4 Little Rock Cramp, Philadelphia 6/3/1943 27/8/1944 17/6/1945 stricken 11/1976
CLG3 (ex-CLG93, ex-CL93) Galveston Cramp, Philadelphia 20/2/1944 22/4/1945 28/5/1958 stricken 12/1973
CL94 Youngstown Cramp, Philadelphia 4/9/1944 --- --- cancelled 12/8/1945
CL99 Buffalo New York SB, Camden 31/8/1942 1/8/1943 --- completed as CVL29 Bataan
CL100 Newark New York SB, Camden 26/10/1942 26/9/1943 --- completed as CVL30 San Jacinto
CL101 Amsterdam Newport News 3/3/1943 25/4/1944 8/1/1945 stricken 1/1971
CL102 Portsmouth Newport News 28/6/1943 20/9/1944 25/6/1945 stricken 12/1970
CL103 Wilkes-Barre New York SB, Camden 14/12/1942 24/12/1943 1/7/1944 stricken 1/1971
CL104 Atlanta New York SB, Camden 25/1/1943 6/2/1944 3/12/1944 stricken 10/1962
CL105 Dayton New York SB, Camden 8/3/1943 19/3/1944 7/1/1945 stricken 9/1961
Fargo (Cleveland 1942) subclass
CL106 Fargo New York SB, Camden 23/8/1943 25/3/1945 9/12/1945 stricken 3/1970
CL107 Huntington New York SB, Camden 4/10/1943 8/4/1945 23/2/1946 stricken 9/1961
CL108 Newark New York SB, Camden 17/1/1944 14/12/1945 --- cancelled 12/8/1945
CL109 New Haven New York SB, Camden 28/2/1944 --- --- cancelled 12/8/1945
CL110 Buffalo New York SB, Camden 3/4/1944 --- --- cancelled 12/8/1945
CL111 Wilmington Cramp, Philadelphia 5/3/1945 --- --- cancelled 12/8/1945
CL112 Vallejo New York SB, Camden --- --- --- cancelled 5/10/1944
CL113 Helena New York SB, Camden --- --- --- cancelled 5/10/1944
CL114 Roanoke New York SB, Camden --- --- --- cancelled 5/10/1944
CL115 --- New York SB, Camden --- --- --- cancelled 5/10/1944
CL116 Tallahassee Newport News 31/1/1944 --- --- cancelled 12/8/1945
CL117 Cheyenne Newport News 29/5/1944 --- --- cancelled 12/8/1945
CL118 Chattanooga Newport News 9/10/1944 --- --- cancelled 12/8/1945
all except CLG3 Galveston:

Displacement standard, t

CL55 - 67, 76 - 94, 99 - 105: 11130 - 11734

CL106 - 118: 11890

Displacement full, t

CL55 - 67, 76 - 94, 99 - 105: 13897 - 14144

CL106 - 118: 14464

Length, m

182.9 wl 186.0 oa

Breadth, m

20.2

Draught, m

7.47 full load

No of shafts

4

Machinery

General Electric geared steam turbines, 4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers

Power, h. p.

100000

Max speed, kts

32.5

Fuel, t

oil 1507 - 2100

Endurance, nm (kts)

11000 (15)

Armour, mm

CL55 - 63: belt: 127 - 89, bulkheads: 127 - 51, deck: 51, barbettes: 152, turrets: 165 - 32, secondary guns: 32 - 25, CT: 127 sides, 57 roof

CL64 - 67, 76 - 94, 99 - 118: belt: 127 - 89, bulkheads: 127 - 51, deck: 51, barbettes: 152, turrets: 165 - 32, secondary guns: 32 - 25

Armament

CL55, 56: 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 13 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 2 catapults, 4 seaplanes (SOC, OS2U)

CL57, 58: 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 4 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 17 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 2 catapults, 4 seaplanes (SOC, OS2U, SO3C)

CL60, 64 - 66, 80, 81: 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 4 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 21 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 2 catapults, 4 seaplanes (SOC, OS2U, SO3C)

CL62, 63: 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 6 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 21 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 2 catapults, 4 seaplanes (SOC, OS2U, SO3C)

CL67, 82, 86, 87, 89 - 92, 101 - 105: 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 6 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 10 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 2 catapults, 4 seaplanes (SOC, OS2U, SO3C, SC)

CL83: 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 6 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 10 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 1 catapult, 4 seaplanes (SOC, OS2U, SO3C, SC)

CL93 (as planned): 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 6 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 10 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 1 catapult, 4 seaplanes (SOC, OS2U, SO3C, SC)

CL106: 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 12, 6 x 4 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 2 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2, 14 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 4, 1 catapult, 2 seaplanes (OS2U, SC)

CL107: 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 6 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 14 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 24, 1 catapult, 2 seaplanes (OS2U, SC)

Sensors

presumably CL55 - 58, 60: SC, SG, Mk 8, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

presumably CL62 - 64, 80, 81, 89: SG, SK, Mk 13, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

presumably CL65 - 67, 82, 83, 86, 87, 90 - 93, 101 - 107: SG, SK-2, Mk 13, 2x Mk 25 radars

Complement

1285

Ship project history: The most numerous in the world class of cruisers: 29 ships from 52 ordered entered service as cruisers, 9 more were completed as light aircraft carriers.

History of these ships begun in 1938 when the decision to build two 8000t light cruisers within the limits of 1940 program (according to a limit established by London conference of 1936) was accepted. In May, 1939 the project of new ship (8000t, 173m, 5 2 152/47mm guns, 5 4 28mm MGs, 1 catapult and 2 3 TT), superficially resembling moderated Brooklyn was ready. The lack of this variant was very cramped arrangement which is not supposing any alterations, arisen at discussion by General council. It was offered to create the new project, but in September war in Europe has begun, contractual limitations have disappeared and, not to lose time, it has been solved to use by project of cruiser Helena, having strengthen her heavy antiaircraft arms.

The hull of a new cruiser have made more widely at invariable in comparison with a prototype length to indemnify the increased top weight and to store comprehensible stability. With the same purpose usage of aluminium alloys was provided at superstructures construction. As it is paradoxical, last circumstance finally has had an adverse effect: in conditions of wartime shortage of aluminium has compelled to change it in ship constructions to a steel (from CL66), that only has worsened a situation with a stability.

The main calibre of new cruisers consisted from 12 152mm Mk 16 guns in four triple turrets. The antiaircraft armament was very powerful: 12 127/38mm DP guns in six twin mounts. The successful arrangement (on diamond-shaped scheme) ensured wide fire sectors, allowing to mass fire not less than of six guns in any direction.  Light AA armament originally was limited by 12.7mm MGs, there was a question on installation of 28mm MGs on the ships. Small stability demanded to accompany this operation by ballast stowage. Even before commission of the first cruiser unreliable 28mm MG were changed by twin 40mm Boforses.

Armouring as a whole was same as on Helena, have some strengthened protection of aft magazines. The immune zone under 152mm guns fire at a relative bearing 90 laid in a band 47-108 cables.

Structure and arrangement scheme of machinery were not differed from accepted on Helena, but length of engine rooms had been increased to be saved of narrowness.

First 2 ships, CL55 and 56, have been ordered 23/3/1940. Before entering of the USA into the Second World War orders for 28 ships (CL59-CL67 and CL76-CL94) were placed. After 7/12/1941 new orders have followed, and till 1942 orders for additional 20 ships (CL99-CL118) were placed.

Since CL64 cruisers were commissioned with the reconstructed bridge (it became opened) and without armoured CT. Since 1942 works on improved project (in which at the expense of lower arrangement of 127mm guns and 40mm MGs stability was raised) were conducted. Simultaneously it was supposed to shrink number of funnels to one, that would ensure to AA MGs better fire sectors. In August, 1942 it has been decided to build CL106-118 under changed project, but because of reduction of shipbuilding in the end of war only 2 ships were completed under new design.

In the beginning of 1942 for acceleration of replenishing of fleet fast aircraft carriers it has been solved to re-build 9 ships , ordered to New York SB, as light aircraft carriers of Independence class.

The order for CL84 and CL88 has been cancelled 16/12/1940 to give the chance to Federal, Kearny to be concentrate on destroyers.

In 1944-1945 orders for ships at early building stages or yet not laid down, have been cancelled: CL112-115 5/10/1944; CL94, 109-111 and 116-118 12/8/1945.

Ship protection: Main belt abreast machinery was 4.1m high. It was 127mm thick (83mm at lower edge) on 16mm STS plating. There were narrow belts abreast magazines. Fore belt was 51mm thick but aft inner belt had 120mm thickness. Magazines were protected by 93mm bulkheads fore and aft, machinery and magazines were separated by 127-51mm bulkheads. Armoured deck over main belt was 51mm. Barbettes were 152mm thick. Turrets had 152mm faces, 76mm sides, 32mm rears and 76mm crowns.

Modernizations: 11/1942, Cleveland, Columbia: + 2 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1/2

1945, all completed: - 1 catapult

1/1946, Cleveland, Columbia: 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 6 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 13 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 1 catapult, 4 seaplanes, SC, SG, Mk 8, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, Montpelier, Denver: 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 4 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 17 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 1 catapult, 4 seaplanes, SC, SG, Mk 8, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, Santa Fe: 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 4 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 21 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 1 catapult, 4 seaplanes, SC, SG, Mk 8, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, Birmingham, Mobile: 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 6 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 21 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 1 catapult, 4 seaplanes, SG, SK, Mk 13, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, Vincennes, Biloxi, Houston: 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 4 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 21 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 1 catapult, 4 seaplanes, SG, SK-2, Mk 13, 2x Mk 25 radars

1/1946, Pasadena, Springfield: 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 4 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 21 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 1 catapult, 4 seaplanes, SC, SG, Mk 8, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, Topeka, Providence, Vicksburg, Duluth, Astoria, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Amsterdam, Portsmouth, Wilkes-Barre, Atlanta, Dayton: 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 6 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 10 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 1 catapult, 4 seaplanes, SG, SK-2, Mk 13, 2x Mk 25 radars

1/1946, Miami: 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 4 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 6 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 10 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 1 catapult, 4 seaplanes, SG, SK, Mk 13, 2x Mk 12/22 radars

1/1946, Fargo: 4 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 6 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, 6 x 4 - 40/60 Mk 2, 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 14 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 24, 1 catapult, 2 seaplanes, SG, SK-2, Mk 13, 2x Mk 25 radars

1955, Cleveland, Columbia: - 13 x 1 - 20/70

1955, Montpelier, Denver: - 17 x 1 - 20/70

1955, Santa Fe, Birmingham, Mobile, Vincennes, Pasadena, Springfield, Biloxi, Houston: - 21 x 1 - 20/70

1955, Topeka, Providence, Manchester, Vicksburg, Duluth, Miami, Astoria, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Galveston, Amsterdam, Portsmouth, Wilkes-Barre, Atlanta, Dayton: - 10 x 1 - 20/70

1955, Fargo, Huntington: - 14 x 2 - 20/70

1958 - 1960, Galveston, Little Rock, Oklahoma City, Providence, Springfield and Topeka were modernized as follows (Galveston was completed in this configuration):

Little Rock 1960

 

Galveston 1959

Little Rock 1963

Providence 1963

Topeka 1963

Galveston 1963

 

No Name Reconstructed Yard Fate
CLG3 (ex-CLG93, ex-CL93) Galveston 2/1956-28/5/1958 (first commission) Philadelphia N Yd stricken 12/1973
CLG4 (ex-CL92), 7/1975- CG4 Little Rock 5/1957-3/6/1960 New York SB, Camden stricken 11/1976
CLG5 (ex-CL91), 7/1975- CG5 Oklahoma City 5/1957-7/9/1960 Bethlehem, San Francisco stricken 12/1979
CLG6 (ex-CL82), 7/1975- CG6 Providence 5/1957-17/9/1959 Boston N Yd, Charlestown stricken 7/1978
CLG7 (ex-CL66), 7/1975- CG7 Springfield 5/1957-2/7/1960 Boston N Yd, Charlestown stricken 9/1978
CLG8 (ex-CL67) Topeka 5/1957-26/3/1960 New York SB, Camden stricken 9/1973

 

Displacement standard, t

11066

Displacement full, t

15152

Length, m

182.9 wl 186.0 oa

Breadth, m

20.2

Draught, m

7.80

No of shafts

4

Machinery

General Electric geared steam turbines, 4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers

Power, h. p.

100000

Max speed, kts

32

Fuel, t

oil 2661

Endurance, nm (kts)

8000 (15)

Armour, mm

belt: 127 - 89, bulkheads: 127 - 51, deck: 51, barbettes: 152, turrets: 165 - 32, secondary guns: 32 - 25

Armament

CLG3: 1 x 2 Talos SAM launcher (46 RIM-8), 2 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 3 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32

CLG4, 5: 1 x 2 Talos SAM launcher (46 RIM-8), 1 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 1 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, helicopter pad

CLG6: 1 x 2 Terrier SAM launcher (120 RIM-2), 2 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 3 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32

CLG7, 8: 1 x 2 Terrier SAM launcher (120 RIM-2), 1 x 3 - 152/47 Mk 16, 1 x 2 - 127/38 Mk 32, helicopter pad

Sensors

CLG3, 5: SPS-9, SPS-39, SPS-8B, 2 x SPG-49/SPW-2 radars

CLG4: SPS-17, SPS-39, SPS-2, 2 x SPG-49/SPW-2 radars

CLG6 - 8: SPS-9, SPS-39, SPS-8B, 2 x SPQ-5 radars

Complement

1382

Ship protection: Main belt abreast machinery was 4.2m high. It was 127mm thick (83mm at lower edge) on 16mm STS plating. There were narrow belts abreast magazines. Fore belt was 51mm thick but aft inner belt had 120mm thickness. Magazines were protected by 93mm bulkheads fore and aft, machinery and magazines were separated by 127-51mm bulkheads. Armoured deck over main belt was 51mm. Barbettes were 152mm thick. Turrets had 165-mm faces, 32-mm sides, 32-mm rears and 51-mm crowns.

Modernizations: early 1960s, all: + DASH drone helicopter, SQS-23 sonar

1963, Galveston, Oklahoma City, Providence, Springfield, Topeka: - SPS-8B radar; + SPS-30 radar

1963, Little Rock: - SPS-2 radar; + SPS-30 radar

1967, Little Rock, Oklahoma City: - SPS-39 radar

1970s, all: - SPS-30 radar; + SPS-37A or SPS-43A radar

Naval service: Columbia 6th and 9/1/1945 was badly damaged by kamikaze, repair lasted till May, 1945. Denver 13/11/1943 was damaged by Japanese air torpedo, repaired till June, 1944. Birmingham 8/11/1943 was badly damaged by Japanese aircraft (bombs and a torpedo) and repaired till February, 1944; 24/10/1944 she was damaged by explosion on aircraft carrier Princeton and repaired till January, 1945; 3/5/1945 she was damaged by kamikaze and repaired till August, 1945. Biloxi 26/3/1945 was damaged by kamikaze, repair was till July, 1945. Houston 14/10/1944 was badly damaged by Japanese air torpedo, she was repeatedly damaged by an air torpedo being under tow 16/10/1944 and repaired till October, 1945. Duluth has received heavy damages, having got into a typhoon 5/6/1945, repair lasted till August, 1945.

Dayton 1948

Providence 1966

Ivan Gogin, 2014-15