USS Fargo (CL-106)
|Operators:||United States Navy|
|Preceded by:||Cleveland class|
|Succeeded by:||Worcester class|
|Length:||608 ft .25 in (185.3 m)|
|Beam:||63 ft .5 in (19.2 m)|
|Draft:||22 ft (6.7 m)|
|Propulsion:||4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers
4 GE geared steam turbines
100,000 hp (75,000 kW)
|Speed:||32.5 knots (60.2 km/h)|
|Complement:||1,100 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||20 mm Oerlikon cannons|
|Armor:||1.5-5 in belt
2-3 in deck
3-5 in turrets
2.25-5 in conn
The Fargo-class cruisers were a modified version of the previous Cleveland-class light cruiser design; the main difference was a more compact pyramidal superstructure with single trunked funnel, intended to improve the arcs of fire of the anti-aircraft (AA) guns. The same type of modification differentiated the Baltimore and Oregon City classes of heavy cruisers.
In all, 13 ships of the class were planned but only USS Fargo (CL-106) and USS Huntington (CL-107) were ever completed, the rest being cancelled at varying states of completion with the de-escalation of World War II.
Fargo, the lead ship of the class, was launched on 25 February 1945, but was not commissioned until 9 December 1945, shortly after the war ended. Huntington was commissioned early in 1946. The two ships were decommissioned in 1949-1950, and never reactivated.
Ships in class
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