USS Newark (CL-108)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Newark.
Career (United States)
Name: Newark
Namesake: Newark, New Jersey
Builder: New York Shipbuilding Corporation
Camden, New Jersey[1]
Laid down: 17 January 1944
Launched: 14 December 1945
Fate: Sold for scrap to American Shipbreakers, Inc., Philadelphia, 2 April 1949
Notes: Construction canceled on 12 August 1945 while 67.8% complete. Hulk used for underwater explosive testing from MAR - JUL 1948
General characteristics
Class and type: Fargo-class light cruiser
Displacement: 10,000 long tons (10,160 t)
Length: 611 ft 2 in (186.28 m)
Beam: 66 ft 6 in (20.27 m)
Draft: 20 ft (6.1 m)
Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h; 38 mph)
Complement: 992 officers and enlisted
Armament: • 12 × 6"/47 caliber guns (4×3)
• 12 × 5"/38 caliber guns (6×2)
• 32 × Bofors 40 mm AA guns (8×4)

USS Newark (CL-108) was a Fargo-class light cruiser of the United States Navy that was scrapped prior to completion.

Newark was laid down on 17 January 1944, but her construction was canceled on 12 August 1945, when 67.8% completed. The hulk was subsequently launched in December 1945 for use in underwater explosion tests. In March 1948, she was towed from Norfolk Navy Yard to the test area near the mouth of the Patuxent River in Chesapeake Bay and participated in tests until July 1948.

The hulk was returned to the Norfolk Navy Yard and surveyed in October 1948 for possibility of completion, but was pronounced "unfit for naval service". Newark was then sold to American Shipbreakers, Inc. of Philadelphia on 2 April 1949 for scrapping.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Toppan, Andrew (24 April 2000). "US Cruisers List: US Light/Heavy/AntiAircraft Cruisers, Part 2.". Haze Gray & Underway. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Newark". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History & Heritage Command. Retrieved 2 July 2010.