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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 110. Not illustrated. Chapters: Vietnam War Cruisers of the United States, Uss Chicago, Uss Truxtun, Uss Reeves, Uss Long Beach, Uss Saint Paul, Uss Topeka, Uss Oklahoma City, Uss Newport News, Uss Gridley, Uss Sterett, Uss Boston, Uss Richmond K. Turner, Uss Galveston, Uss Fox, Uss Providence, Uss Bainbridge, Uss Canberra, Uss Dale. Excerpt: USS Chicago (CA-136) was a heavy cruiser laid down on 28 July 1943 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, by the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Launched on 20 August 1944 she was sponsored by Mrs. Edward J. Kelly, wife of the Mayor of Chicago, Illinois, and commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 10 January 1945, Captain Richard R. Hartung, USN, in command. Chicago spent her first six weeks preparing for sea duty before departing on 26 February for Norfolk. After conducting training exercises, and calibrated her compasses in Chesapeake Bay, the cruiser got underway on 12 March for the Gulf of Paria, Trinidad. Arriving on 18 March, the cruiser conducted shakedown training and shore bombardment exercises off Culebra, Puerto Rico, before returning to Norfolk on 11 April. Following inspections and battle problem training, the cruiser sailed to Philadelphia for post-shakedown repair availability on 16 April. Chicago in May 1945.In company with Alfred A. Cunningham, the cruiser departed for the Caribbean on 7 May, en route to the Pacific Ocean. Designed to operate offensively with strike and amphibious forces, Chicago spent her transit time conducting various anti-air drills, gunnery exercises, and radar tracking training. After refueling at San Juan, Puerto Rico on 11 May, the ships spent three days conducting gunnery practice before departing for Colon, Canal Zone, on 15 May. With transit complete the next day, the ships arrived at Pearl Harbor on 31 May. Following another period of gunnery, day bat...
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