(CA-68) USS Baltimore

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(CA-68) USS Baltimore Empty (CA-68) USS Baltimore

Post  Kiwi's son on Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:15 am

Specifications:


Displacement: 13,600 tons
Length: 673 ft 5 in (205.3 m)
Beam: 70 ft 10 in (31.4 m)
Draft: 26 ft 10 in (18 m)
Speed: 33 knots
Complement: 1142 officers and enlisted
Armament: 9 × 8"/55 main battery
12 × 5"/38 dual purpose secondary battery
48x40mm AA guns
24x20mm AA guns.
Aircraft carried: 2 x OS2U Kingfisher


History:


The fifth USS Baltimore (CA-68), the lead ship of her class of cruiser, was launched 28 July 1942 by Bethlehem Steel Company, Fore River, Massachusetts, sponsored by Mrs. Howard W. Jackson, wife of the Mayor of Baltimore, commissioned 15 April 1943, Captain Walter Carson Calhoun in command, and reported to the Pacific Fleet.

Between November 1943 and June 1944 Baltimore was a unit of the fire support and covering forces at the Makin Islands landings (20 November-4 December 1943); Kwajalein invasion (29 January-8 February 1944), and the Truk raid (16 February-17 February) and Eniwetok seizure (17 February-2 March). On the 17th, Lt. (j.g.) Denver M. Baxter, USNR, flying one of the heavy cruiser's Vought OS2U Kingfishers, covered by two F6F Hellcats, rescued Lt. (jg.) George M. Blair, USNR, of VF-9 less than 6,000 yards from Dublon Island inside Truk lagoon where he had ditched his flak crippled Hellcat.

Baltimore continued to provide fire support in the Marianas attacks (21 February-22 February), the Palau-Yap-Ulithi-Wolesi raid (30 March-1 April); the Hollandia (currently known as Jayapura) landing (21 April-24 April); the Truk-Satawan-Ponape raid (29 April-1 May), air strikes against Marcus Island (19 May-20 May) and Wake Island (23 May), the Saipan invasion (11 June-24 June); and the Battle of the Philippine Sea (19 June-20 June).

Returning to the United States in July 1944, she embarked President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his party and steamed to Pearl Harbor. After meeting with Admiral Chester Nimitz and General Douglas MacArthur, the President was carried to Alaska where he departed Baltimore 9 August 1944.

Returning to the war zone in November 1944, she was assigned to the 3rd Fleet and participated in the attacks on Luzon (14 December-16 December 1944; and 6 January-7 January 1945); Formosa (3-4, 9, 15, and 21 January); the China coast (12 January and 16 January); and Okinawa (22 January).

On 26 January she joined the 5th Fleet for her final operations of the war: Honshū Island attacks (16 February-17 February); Iwo Jima operation (19 February-5 March); and the 5th Fleet raids in support of the Okinawa operation (18 March-10 June).

After the cessation of hostilities Baltimore served as a unit of the "Magic Carpet" fleet and then as a part of the naval occupation force in Japan (29 November 1945-17 February 1946). Departing the Far East 17 February 1946 she returned to the United States and went out of commission in reserve 8 July 1946 at Bremerton, Washington.

Baltimore was recommissioned 28 November 1951 and assigned to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. She was deployed with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean during the summers of 1952, 1953, and 1954. In June 1953 she represented the United States Navy in the British Fleet Review at Spithead, England. On 5 January 1955 she was transferred to the Pacific Fleet and was deployed with the 7th Fleet in the Far East between February and August 1955.

Baltimore commenced pre-inactivation overhaul upon her return from the Far East and went out of commission in reserve at Bremerton, 31 May 1956. She was struck from the Navy List 15 February 1971, sold 10 May 1972, and subsequently scrapped at Portland, OR.


this information can be found on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Baltimore_%28CA-68%29
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