Fargo-class cruiser

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USS Fargo CL-106.jpg
USS Fargo (CL-106)
Class overview
Name: Fargo-class cruiser
Operators: US flag 48 stars.svg United States Navy
Preceded by: Cleveland class
Succeeded by: Worcester class
Planned: 13
Completed: 2
Cancelled: 11
Retired: 2
Preserved: 0
General characteristics
Type: Light cruiser
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
4 Screws
100,000 hp (75,000 kW)
Speed: 32.5 knots (60.2 km/h)
Complement: 1,100 officers and enlisted
Armament:

12 × Mk.16 6 inch guns
12 × 5 inch/38 caliber guns
28 × 40 mm Bofors guns

20 × 20 mm Oerlikon cannons
Armor: 1.5-5 in belt
2-3 in deck
3-5 in turrets
2.25-5 in conn
Aircraft carried: 3

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.[1]

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.[2]

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[edit]

Ship Name Hull No. Builder Commission–
Decommission
Fargo CL-106 New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey 9 December 1945 - 14 February 1950
Huntington CL-107 New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey 23 February 1946 - 15 June 1949
Newark CL-108 New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey Construction canceled 12 August 1945
New Haven CL-109 New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey Construction cancelled 12 August 1945
Buffalo CL-110 New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey Construction cancelled 12 August 1945
Wilmington CL-111 William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Company Construction cancelled 12 August 1945
Vallejo CL-112 New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey Construction cancelled 5 October 1944
Helena CL-113 New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey Construction cancelled 5 October 1944
Roanoke CL-114 New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey Construction cancelled 5 October 1944
unnamed CL-115 New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey Construction cancelled 5 October 1944
Tallahassee CL-116 Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company Construction cancelled 12 August 1945
Cheyenne CL-117 Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company Construction cancelled 12 August 1945
Chattanooga CL-118 Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company Construction cancelled 12 August 1945

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norman Friedman, U.S. Cruisers, An Illustrated Design History 1984 ISBN 978-0-87021-718-0
  2. ^ M.J. Whitley, Cruisers Of World War Two, An International Encyclopedia 1995 ISBN 978-1-86019-874-8