(CL-40) USS Brooklyn

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(CL-40) USS Brooklyn Empty (CL-40) USS Brooklyn

Post  Kiwi's son on Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:20 am

Specifications:


Displacement: 9,700 tons
Length: 608.3 ft (185.4 m)
Beam: 61.7 ft (18.8 m)
Draft: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Speed: 33.6 kn (38.7 mph; 62.2 km/h)
Complement: 868 officers and enlisted
Armament: 15 × 6 in (150 mm)/47 cal guns, 8 × 5 in (130 mm)/25 cal AA guns[1]


History:


World War II

With the entry of the United States into World War II, Brooklyn got underway from Bermuda to patrol the Caribbean Sea. In April 1942, she was assigned convoy escort duty between the United States and the United Kingdom. On 3 September, during one of the trans-Atlantic crossings, Wakefield, caught fire and was abandoned. Brooklyn rescued 1,173 troops which had been embarked onboard Wakefield. Although severely damaged by the fire, Wakefield was towed to safety and repaired.

On 24 October 1942, Brooklyn departed Norfolk, Virginia for North Africa. On 8 November, she bombarded shore installations to cover the Fedhala landing of Operation Torch. While engaged, she was hit by a dud projectile from a coastal gun, which damaged two of the cruiser's guns and wounded five of her crew. Following the Naval Battle of Casablanca Brooklyn departed Casablanca for the east coast on 17 November 1942. From January-July 1943, she made three convoy escort voyages between the east coast and Casablanca and then steamed to the Mediterranean where she carried out screening and fire support duties during the invasion of Sicily (10–14 July).

Remaining in the Mediterranean, Brooklyn next covered the Anzio-Nettuno landings (22 January–9 February 1944), also known as Operation Shingle. From 13-23 May, she participated in the bombardment of the Formia-Anzio area and then carried out exercises in preparation for the invasion of southern France. On 15 August, Brooklyn furnished part of the heavy naval gunfire which preceded the landing of Allied troops on the coast of southern France. She remained on duty in the Mediterranean until 21 November, when she departed Sicily for New York, arriving on 30 November.


this information and more about Chile's brooklyn can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Brooklyn_%28CL-40%29
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